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Horror Library, Volume 6 Kindle Edition
The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories--relevant to the moment and stunning in impact--from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative.
Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in.
Containing 27 all-original stories, read Volume 6 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes.
Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY!
Included within Volume 6:
- In "Better You Believe," remnants of a mountain climbing party must help each other climb down a mountain after an avalanche.
- In "The Starry Crown," a college professor travels to the American South to research lyrics of an old religious hymn with roots in slavery.
- In "The Plumber," a young couple call in a plumber to fix a clogged line, but the service call escalates into an inescapable nightmare.
- . . . and more!
"Excellent stories of the highest caliber." --Dread Central
"Uniformly well-crafted and original." --Rue Morgue Magazine
"Impactful tales that throw the rules of both reality and genre fiction out the window." --Fearnet (Chiller TV)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Garrett Quinn – I’ve Finally Found You
Jackson Kuhl – Cartagena Hotel
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime – The Exterminators
Connor de Bruler – Il Mostro
Tom Johnstone – Oldstone Gardens
Bentley Little – The Plumber
Kathryn E. McGee – The Creek Keepers’ Lodge
Josh Rountree – Snowfather
Jeffrey Ford – Five Pointed Spell
John M. Floyd – The Red-Eye to Boston
Raymond Little – Elsa and I
Rebecca J. Allred – Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt
Darren O. Godfrey – D.U.I.
Sean Eads – Predestination’s a Bitch
David Tallerman – Casualty of Peace
Marc E. Fitch – The Starry Crown
Vitor Abdala – Instant Messaging
JG Faherty – The H Train
Dean H. Wild – The Gaff
Jayani C. Senanayake – Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)
Lucas Pederson – We Were Monsters
C. Michael Cook – The Night Crier
Thomas P. Balázs – Waiting for Mrs. Hemley
Jay Caselberg – The Ride
Ahna Wayne Aposhian – Old Hag
Edward M. Erdelac – Hear the Eagle Scream
Carole Johnstone – Better You Believe
- ASIN : B0975WDWY5
- Publisher : Dark Moon Books; 1st edition (July 13, 2021)
- Publication date : July 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3177 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,314 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Here are some of my favorites:
"Il Mostro" by Connor de Bruler is an engaging tale about an Italian trip gone wrong with fun, vivid characters and an unsettling atmosphere.
"Five-Pointed Spell" by Jeffrey Ford takes the well-worn trope of a mysterious black truck tailing you on the road and makes it fresh.
"The Red-Eye to Boston" by John M. Floyd is a bit of horror-comedy (about an airplane bathroom, no less) that is so very satisfying.
"Mother's Mouth, Full of Dirt" by Rebecca J. Allred is a wonderfully creepy story of family, loss, and teeth, filled with literary dread.
"DUI" by Darren O. Godfrey is a clever story about the gruesome price you pay when you drink and drive.
"The Starry Crown" by Marc E. Fitch is an unnerving exploration of the origins of an old slave song that takes us into the deep, dark South and into the terrifying folklore behind the song.
"The Night Crier" by C. Michael Cook is a dark, literary story of love and loss and mysterious sounds in the night.
"Old Hag" by Ahna Wayne Aposhian is about what happens when love dies for an older married couple... and night terrors.
"Hear the Eagles Scream" by Edward M. Erdelac is a great period story about a drifter seeking work at a ranch... but why are all those dead cows lying around out there?
"Better You Believe" by Carole Johnstone is for anyone who is fascinated by the people who dare to climb Everest.
There's a lot to love in this anthology, and clearly I had trouble narrowing down my favorites. A great book to have on your shelf if you want a broad swath of what's new in horror!
This book contains 27 dark and delicious stories sure to fill you with dread. Now a few of them did end too abruptly for my taste and I would have preferred a more definitive ending. I am not against leaving things to the readers imagination or leaving an end that could be open to interpretation but a non-ending is just not my favorite way to leave a story.
All were good but my absolute favorites (in no particular order) were "The Plumber" by Bentley Little, probably because he is just so good at taking a mundane every day normal occurrence and turning it into something terrifying. Or perhaps because my shower is actually dripping as I write this yet I think I will just live with it a while rather than have to call someone to fix it.
"We Were Monsters" by Lucas Pederson was quite clever but it's hard for me to say too much without giving it away.
"The Creek Keepers' Lodge" by Kathryn E. McGee reminded me of that old saying you can't go home again. Or maybe it's that you just plain shouldn't go back if you managed to escape.
"The Night Crier" by C. Michael Cook was simply brilliant. I had never heard of this author before but this story just blew me away.
"Kalu Kumaraya" by Jayani C Senanayake was another excellent story. If you have ever had a child or grandchild who spoke to an imaginary friend this one will give you chills.
"Five Pointed Spell" by Jeffrey Ford was spectacular. This was my first time reading anything by this author but I think I need to keep an eye out for anything else he writes from now on.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
This anthology deserves 6 out of 5 stars. It is always difficult for any anthology series that continues to sustain momentum and to show that each new volume is even better than the last, but Guignard was the absolute perfect choice to be at the helm of the newest "Horror Library." He has a spectacular ability to select stories that are all fantastically well-written and of such a high calibre that is rare to find in anthologies. Even the stories that did not interest me in "Horror Library Volume 6" were impressive and I was stunned by the fact that there is not a single dud in here. I think that Volume 6 deserves a lot more attention than it has been receiving as far as reviews and reader reactions go, because Guignard has done a masterful job.
You are not going to find another horror fiction collection out there that tops this one except possibly Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror, but I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that this anthology is on par with hers in terms of quality. This is one of the best horror fiction anthologies of the year and I truly hope Guignard gets the recognition he deserves particularly with regard to awards. My top favourite stories were Rebecca J. Allred's "Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt" and Marc E. Fitch's "The Starry Crown," which blew my mind.