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Alphabet Soup: Horror Stories for the Tormented Soul (Haunted Library) Kindle Edition
Thriller, horror, and suspense short stories.
Multiple Award-Winning authors.
A is for Addiction...
B is for Barnacles...
C is for Clairvoyance...
Discover the rest of these original horror stories from around the world. Each author chose a letter of the alphabet and was given complete artistic freedom to make something horrible happen. Some stories will be mysterious, others creepy or even profound, but all are crafted to thrill and terrify you to the last page.
This is what happens when dozens of uncensored creative people are allowed to mine the depths of the human psyche for the most depraved, twisted, horrible things imaginable.
Special edition with intricate full-page illustrations bring the stories to life!
What it really meant was she was rotting away in a cage of her own flesh. The weight of her own body had crushed the flesh on her backside so that it had stopped circulating blood, had started to die. It meant that, after only twenty-six days of freedom, I had to go home and take care of her again. I came back to a familiar smell of piss and sweat and mold; but that was all mixed with a new taint, the sour and yet sickeningly-sweet smell of rotting flesh. She wasn’t in her usual chair. Instead, I found her collapsed on a mattress in a bedroom she hadn’t used for as long as I could remember, the springs creaking under her weight. She was dressed in a simple blue shirt, almost like a hospital gown, and lifting up the bottom edge, my eyes came level to where she was rotting.
- N is for Necrosis
- ASIN : B07C94TXX2
- Publisher : Haunted House Publishing LLC (April 1, 2018)
- Publication date : April 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 5640 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #223,801 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Still, the collection isn't without a couple downsides. While the ending is satisfying overall, I can't help but feel it raised a few too many new questions of its own, and it's pretty much impossible to bring so many different stories and authors together without having a few that make your eyes roll. The ones that caught my eye were the K story, for failing to cover its cheesiness by lampshading it, and the "&" story, which as you might expect, feels very much out of place with almost nothing to do with the main story--it's pretty much a basic Ritual Creepypasta--despite coming between a piece of comic relief and the final stretch. But with those being my only major complaints across a 27-story compilation, I feel it more than earns its 4 stars.
Here's an example of a spot where I was just left scratching my head. (This isn't a spoiler, even though, I don't think this book CAN be spoiled, due to it's weird nature.)
"You've let the power get to your head Olivia."
"He gestured to a Blue Shirt who emerged from the shadows, bearing that ever hateful symbol her uniform. 'This woman, Olivia, will be taking over for you kids so you can help your friends in town,' he told us in a saccharine tone. After that, Olivia would exit town with no form of weapon on her, yet our town shook from the explosions she was no doubt the cause of."
So wait....Olivia is the protagonist in this particular story, with the story being told from her first person perspective. So, is the woman who will be taking over also named Olivia? Is he saying, "Olivia, this person will be taking over?" Or is it, "Olivia, Olivia, will be taking over?"
Turns out, I think, it's the last one. So, they're both named Olivia, and you find that out in the most bafflingly confusing way possible.
Just a weird read, and not one I'd like to do again. Some of the stories can be fleshed out into their own books, but as a hodge podge of short stories, this book falls flat.
The reason I gave this collection a 4/5 was simple: grammar mistakes. There were a few stories that had pretty blaring grammar mistakes, such as words missing letters, incorrect punctuation, and even misspelled words. It's not a big deal, but it took my immersion out of the story whenever I saw it, which isn't ideal.
I’m giving 3 stars instead of 4 because several of the stories needed to be edited further. Typos and sentences that need correction because of extra words or words out of order really have no place in any written work at this point. The stories themselves could also flow better together. I was expecting 26 individual short stories so the connection was unexpected and pretty cool. But they didn’t flow very well and a little effort to smooth that out (along with the regular editing) could even make this a 5 star book.
Top reviews from other countries
Titled Alphabet Soup, perhaps Alphabet Poop would have been more apt for this collection, because for a start there is overall so many typos here. There are not that many actual spelling mistakes as such, but there are others including punctuation, nonsensical sentences, where some words have been repeated or added as well as words left out, plus on one occasion it looks like a whole sentence has been missed out. On top of this there are a number of times where the wrong word has been used to convey what the author is writing about, and even tenses mixed up. To be honest most of these mistakes would have been picked up by Word or similar programs, so what sort of software people writing these tales are using is anyone’s guess, and also some of the writers need to invest in a dictionary.
Anyway, with that out of the way we have stories that link together in one way or another and take in certain elements and themes so that this sort of meshes into a longer story. I must admit that nothing here is really that original and the vast majority of these are not even that well written, giving you perhaps a list of authors to avoid in the future. A few of these tales actually left me cringing because they were so poor, and even though I persevered until the end I think that this book may have been trying to take over my soul as it sucked the will to live out of me. If you are someone who really loves the horror genre, and not one of those people who just claim they do, then you will want to give this a miss, because you may just end up in tears at how dire this actually is.
Some of the stories are intertwined or hint at the other stories. Make sure you read it in order!
Some are great, some just ok. Overall a very good horror read. It is quite graphic in places so not for the faint hearted! There are quite a few grammatical and spelling errors which spoiled it in places for me. If you can overlook those you will enjoy it more.