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Things only the darkness Knows: A Horror Anthology

February 5, 2017 - 8:23 pm No Comments

Things only the darkness Knows: A Horror Anthology: by R. l. WeeksKayla Krantz, J. L. Clayton, Theresa Jacobs, Skylar Mckinzie, Michal Elaine JohnstonAmanda Leigh, Carissa LynchFrank Zubek Donnell Hicks and Linsey Matthews

Published 5th February 2017

230 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

30 short stories and poems bought to us by eleven authors, if you have a spare 10 minutes or like me read the whole book from start to finish you will sure to find at least one story your love. Serial Killers, Demonic children, Vampires to name a few, each story has its own horrors,

If I reviewed every story in this anthology, then we would be here all day. So, for this review, here are my favourites.

Eyes of Evil by JL Clayton…Lisa and Erick have wanted a baby but after being told that she will never able to have children, they decide to adopt. On their first visit to meet the children, they come across a young boy called Kai. He was abused by his satanic parents and was put up for adoption, but is he the child of their dreams. From the moment, you start this story, you know that someone or something is evil, Throughout, this story the author makes you doubt your thoughts and ideas, is Kai evil or not. With the suspense building right to the very end, you eventually find out who Kai is.

Caller No 9 by Carissa Lynch… Ariel was involved in a nasty accident and although she is fully recovered she feels that something is missing, so when there is a competition for an all expenses holiday in the rain forest, she just had to be caller no 9, but was it too good to be true. This story is nothing how I imagined it would finish, I was imaging all types of horrors raining down on the rain forest, but I forgot one thing, this is a story by Carissa, the way she finds the darkest horrors in human nature and puts them in a story is brilliant. A story that will keep you guessing to the end.

Christmas Nightmare Inn by Skyler McKinzie…Paige and her friend had booked a holiday to Maple Leaf Inn. A typical inn filled with young people all wanting to spend the Christmas vacation together. Around a log fire the group was told about the supposed haunting of a young girl who died right there at the lodge. From the start, I thought it was going to be a typical ghost story, but with the added twist made it a lot darker. The author had a good way of blending the history of the dead girl with Paige’s trip, a good read.

Darkness by Theresa Jacobs… Farrell had stayed at the pub till closing time. He has to walk 5 miles home in the bitter cold and the dark. This was quite a short story but the author told the story well. With each step Farrell took you could really feel his fear. Although the ending was to be expected, I was still surprised by the response of the others. Could this be an urban legend?

Bloodlust by Amanda Leigh… A story of a vampire and his thirst for blood. It was a refreshing change to read a story about a vampire doing what vampires do, kill people for their blood, add a witch and you get a great battle. Not a sparkle in sight.

There is a good collection of authors in this is book and there were quite a few authors, I had not read before. There was a good balance of length of stories which does mean you can fit them in round life. My only complaint is that some stories left me wanting more, although this is not a bad thing. Another good anthology.

The Unforgiven Anthology by J.L. Clayton,  R.L. Weeks,  K.L. Humphreys,  Becca Moree,  R.B. Wood, and Steven Evans 

October 30, 2016 - 8:16 am No Comments

The Unforgiven Anthology by J.L. Clayton, R.L. Weeks,  K.L. Humphreys,  Becca Moree,  R.B. Wood, and Steven Evans

Published 30th  October 2016

125 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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The anthology consists of 6 short dark stories.

 

Seeing Red by JL Clayton: If you have every read Carrie then you will understand Challis’s life. One horrific event changed Challis’s for ever but when she meets Natalya, her life completely changed. Whilst a short story Challis character develops from a meek and mild to strong and determined in just a couple of pages. This story gives scope to a series and I for one would love to read it.

Twisted Insanity by RL Weeks: Jacob has been stuck in a psychiatric unit for 10 years after being charged with murder. Convincing the doctors, he is now sane, Jacob is released into the outside world. His first stop is to see his daughter and ex-wife, but when he sees them things are not how he planned he decided to take action. The twists the author puts into this story, makes it a page turner. The mind games played on Gale were priceless. The ending was unexpected, a great read.

Truth or Dare, by K.L. Humphreys: When a woman goes missing after finding a severed hand, The Missing Persons Unit, knows they have not got long to save her. Becca cannot believe who the madman is. This story introduces you to a new police team who from the start really bond to find the serial killer. Although I was surprised who the serial killer was, I enjoyed who the team got to the reason of why he did it. This story leads nicely to a series and I would like to know more about the unit.

Hell House, by Becca Moree: Erin decides to celebrate Halloween differently by visiting the Carnival of darkness. But what she was watching was it real or make believe. This was one creepy story, the scenes in the hell house were so descriptive your felt as you are following Erin’s journey.  I would not be entering that Hell House if I had all the money in the world.

Poison Pen, by R.B.Wood: Marty was a struggling author who was battling his wife and literacy agent until he made a deal with a foreign stranger and received a mysterious pen. I loved the idea of having this pen and at the beginning you do feel sorry for Marty, however thanks to the twist the author gives this story you hope that Marty gets his just desert.

White Wedding: Reckoning, by Steven Evans: Jess is about to go into an arranged marriage, set up by her rich abusive father. His only interests are his wealth and making a good impression. Jess’s only friend is Jen her doll that she has had since she was 8 years old. Jen hears all her problems and sees all her tears and hearing Jess pleas for help, decides to inflict revenge. Every little girl had a doll that she would tell her secrets to but if Chucky was a girl then it would be Jen, the revenge inflicted was brutal but poetic. I was backing Jen all the way and even when the acts were done she always made sure her best friend was safe and protected. You even get a HEA.  Another great short story by this author.

Although I have read other stories written by these authors I was still surprised at the quality of the stories. Every story kept my interest and left me wanting to read more. I love dark horror so the graphic scenes did not affect me, in fact these scenes made the stories. Another brilliant anthology from the minds of 6 great authors.