Another great collection from Dark Chapter Press.
I tend to be over critical when it comes to short stories, I'm really fussy, but this is a decent collection and has something for every horror fan. There are quite a few 4 and 5 stars reads in this collection in my opinion but my favourite has to be Omens by Chantal Noordeloos, I'll definitely have to look into more of her work.
1 - Bad Little Boys go to Hell - James Walley - 3 stars
This was a good wee story, it created a feeling of isolation and I liked the twist at the end.
2 - The Bones of Baby Dolls - Fiend Gottes - 2.5 stars
I enjoyed this one but it felt a little choppy and was weirdly worded in places.
3 - The Boy in the Apartment - Josh Pritchett - 3 stars
An original little story although the dialogue a few times came across as rather Cor blimey old chap, almost fell down the old apple and pears, which didn't feel natural.
4 - Little Angel - Sharon Higa - 5 stars
This is one of my favourites from the collection. It gives the reader just enough to allow the imagination to fill in the gaps. Very creepy and ominous.
5 - The Apothecary's Hiccup - Douglas F Dluzen - 4 stars
I really enjoyed this one, it felt like a much longer complete story, a hard thing to do when writing a short story.
6 - Raw - Erica Chin - 2 stars
Wasn't really a fan of this one. It felt random and without reason.
7 - Twins - Andrew Lennon - 4 stars
One nasty child is bad enough, but two?!
8 - The Ladder - Pete Clark - 5 stars
Another one of my favourites from the collection, very imaginative and disturbing.
9 -Born Bad - Mark Parker - 4 stars
And I thought my neighbours were bad.
10 - Milk - Michael Bray - 5 stars
Revenge is a dish best served cold!
11 - Anna - Mathew Hickman - 4 stars
Another excellent story of revenge.
12 - Dig - Alice J Black - 3 stars
Decent enough story but I knew where it was going very early on.
13 - Omens - Chantal Noordeloos - 5 star
My favourite of the whole collection.
14 - The Box - Gary Pearson - 3 stars
Poor kid, no wonder he flipped.
15 - Social Sacrifices - Shawn Dixon - 2 stars
Not so keen on this one, the story was decent I just didn't like reading about the poor animals.
16 - The Butcher's Apprentice - David Basnett - 3 stars
Good little story but the accent thing felt a bit silly.
17 - The Seventy-Five Percent - Brian Barr - 3 stars
What a horrible opinionated man.
18 - Pregnant With Freedom - Christopher Ropes - 3 stars
That was rather bizarre.
Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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