It Calls from the Forest, Volume 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Whatever you do, do not listen.
Ignore that pull, the need to escape from drudgeries of life and find peace and solitude within nature. It is not the cool breeze and the scent of pine that whispers your name.
No, these things within the forest will rip out your heart and devour your soul. You will tremble as they revel in your madness, taking everything from you and leaving you with nothing. Delve inside this anthology of what truly lurks within the shadows of the trees.
Created by award-winning horror and fiction authors around the world. We dare you to take this journey with us and find out what horrors await you.
The Forest Is Calling. Will you answer?
"A Wail of a Tail" By Emma K. Leadley - A starving hunter and his dog leave for a routine hunting trip, but what he brings back is anything but routine.
"The Thing In The Woods" By D.R. Smith - A group of young boys discover something strange and otherworldly in the forest. Compelled by forces unseen to take it home with them, disaster quickly unfolds. Will anyone survive?
"The Hike" By E.E.W. Christmas - A weekend getaway turns disastrous for Steph, when she wakes to find Becca missing and their car destroyed.
"Forest Man" By Holley Cornetto - A group of old friends reminisce about the summer that changed their lives forever and they soon realize some things should be left in the past.
"Hollow Woods" By Brian Duncan - Making friends is hard, but Emma soon realizes that her new friends aren't who she thinks they are, and the Florida Everglades can be a dangerous place.
"Seita" By Thomas Wake - A hunting trip goes terribly wrong when nature takes back what was stolen.
"Fairies in the Forest" By Jason Holden - A father son getaway turns deadly when the ramblings of their late grandfather prove true.
Twenty-four terrifying stories ripped out of your nightmares.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 50 minutes|
|Author||Tim Mendees, Mark Towse, MMA K, Leadley DR, Smith EEW, Christman CW, Blackwell Michael, Subjack Holley, Cornetto G, Allen Wilbanks, Michael D Nadeau, Elizabeth Nettleton, NM Brown, Craig Crawford, MA Smith|
|Narrator||Simon de Deney|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 11, 2021|
|Publisher||Eerie River Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #190,633 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#309 in Horror Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,175 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,326 in Literature Anthologies
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My favorites include:
Knotwork Hill by C.W. Blackwell was one of the creepiest stories in the book and had an intriguing mystery at its center. While satisfying, its ending leaves as many questions as answers, and I would love to see this expanded into a longer work. The mythology at its center was intriguing, and the featured creature was wondrously strange and frightening.
Forest Man by Holley Cornetto was the longest story in the book and thus felt the most well rounded. A man reunites with some childhood friends in an effort to discover what really happened their last summer together. This was another one with an intriguing premise and interesting mystery at its core.
The Lady in the Woods by Michael D. Nadeau features Irish mythology. Though it's brief, I really liked the uniqueness of Nadeu's story, and the titular lady was fascinating.
Fairies in the Forest by Jason Holden was undoubtedly the most original story in the collection, and I thought the idea of a band of angry fairies was pretty entertaining, although Holden's take on the wendigo seemed a bit odd. Still the gleeful mashing of mischievous fairy and dangerous fairy tropes was delightful.
Evan M. Elgin's The Von Brunner Woods was the only other legitimately creepy story in the collection, but I might have enjoyed it more if it hadn't had a gruesome dog death. Other that my personal preference for avoiding animal death, I did enjoy this solid, scary tale.
I definitely enjoyed this collection and will be seeking out other collections from Eerie River publishers soon.
Review originally published on Goodreads.
As with all themed anthologies, certain story elements tend to crop up. Druids, clearings, old legends and kids testing boundaries appear several times. Perhaps 24 stories on the same theme is a bit much. Like binge-watching a Netflix series, you can quickly find yourself getting ahead of the author.
Among the better woodsy yarns were:
"Knotwork Hill" by C.W. Blackwell
"Lazarus' Respite" by Michael Subjack
"Forest Man" by Holley Cornetto
"Rouse Them Not" by Tim Mendees
"13" by Craig Crawford
"Getting Away From It All" by Greg Hunter
"Hollow Woods" by Brian Duncan.
My favorite pair were Jason Holden's "Fairies in the Forest," in which a father and son learn that crazy old grandpa knew his cryptids. Also "Automatic Contamination" by M.A. Smith in which what's old is new and inclined to eat and run. I especially enjoyed some of the imagery, as in passages such as the "hard ratchet of the crows" and "the spiraling trill of summer robins."
Overall, fine reading for the horror aficionado, lovers of short fiction, and fans of timberland terror.
I am glad I read the whole thing.
By A. Petti on September 1, 2020
Liked it so much I bought the second one the minute I finished. Sadly the second was a bit of a letdown. But, I cant recommend this enough.
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There are 24 stories in total each based on a forest and I read a couple a night. One story follows a group of boys who find a strange rock in the woods but odd things begin to happen when they take it home and this one was my favourite but I enjoyed them all.
Well worth a read.
It’s such a great collections of stories, and so wonderful to see the works of different minds all coalescing their take on the theme. Forests, in general, are spooky! Now, they’re infinitely more spooky! Can’t wait to finish!
Great job to everyone who injected a little creepy snippet of their heart on here! 🙌🏽