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If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of the Otherworldly and Undead (The Better Off Dead) Hardcover – June 14, 2021
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Sometimes, the dead do come back. Sometimes, they crave your flesh...and sometimes, they desire your very soul, but they aren't the only thing you have to fear.
You don't believe in what you can't see, yet something is there, watching, waiting. You can feel its unholy intentions deep down in the marrow of your bones. You don't know where it came from, but you know with every fiber of your being that it is not from this earth, and as you feel its gaze searing through your skin, you know the end just might be near.
It took its last breath, you watched the dirt being shoveled onto its coffin, yet there it is, standing before you, staring you down like you're its next meal. It's vicious and it's evil and even though you know-you're absolutely positive-that the abomination before you should be dead, somehow it's not, and its ungodly eyes are focused on you.
The Otherworldly and Undead are out there and they are coming for you. When you run-and oh, will you run-you don't need to be the fastest...you only need to be faster than the person beside you-at least until there is no one else left. Join us for the most terrifying stories of Otherworldly and Undead beings as they stalk and torment the living, feeding off their souls and their flesh before recruiting them to eternal damnation.
The Better Off Dead series delves into the farthest corners of your mind, where your deepest, darkest fears lurk. These masters of horror will haunt your dreams and stalk your nightmares, taking you to the edge of sanity before pushing you to the brink of madness!
With stories by Renee M.P.T. Kray, Jeremy Megargee, Scotty Milder, Steven Pajak, Barry Charman, Red Lagoe, Richard Clive, David A. Anthony, Kristal Stittle, Scott Harper, R.E. Sargent, LP Hernandez, and Bridgett Nelson.
Foreword by New York Times Bestselling Author Richard Chizmar.
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- Publisher : Sinister Smile Press (June 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1953112137
- ISBN-13 : 978-1953112132
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
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So I must say: hats off to all the writers. I also want to say if you are reading this and are an individual who likes and appreciates horror novels, do yourself a favor and add this great anthology.
I have been a fan of the Better Off Dead Series from the beginning. I have never read one anthology I have not liked and appreciated and the winning streak continues with this one.
Tales of the Otherworldly and Undead-scary, eerie with stories that differ so much from each other, all well written, all dark and dangerous, pulsing with horror and intensity-top notch from beginning to end.
Reading these anthologies always feels like receiving a jolt of energy. It's stronger than any cup of coffee-LOL. I always feel even more awake after completing a volume.I feel energized. That is one thing I love about these anthologies-they are never dull-never.
And all the stories are great and vary so deeply from one another. I am one of those people who likes a good plot with my horror-depth and soul and edge. All the stories have that and more. Are you sold on them yet?
I will mention a few but if any authors see this and I have not mentioned yours, please know I loved all of them. It is just that it is after 2:AM as I write this review. What can I say? I'm a night person!
Granny's Gift-Renee M.P.T. Kray-This story was extraordinary. I cannot believe how deeply I was drawn in. The main protagonist mattered to me and I felt compassion toward her. This story also had the pleasure of giving me the creeps while also making me feel. That is the best kind of horror!
For Better or For Worse-R. E. Sargent- What can I say? This is my favorite. I started reading this writer's work quite awhile ago and have never been let down. This story is my favorite by him and that is saying something because I love all his work.Reading this, was a fascinating experience. I could visualize everything so deeply. And I could not stop thinking: how does your mind work? How did you come up with this?
The Magenta Room-Jeremy Megargee-OK-This was seriously one of the creepiest stories I've ever read. It reminded me of one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen but I cannot reveal the movie or I will spoil the story. This one shook me-really a nightmare but one you cannot turn away from.
Croaker-Barry Charman-This story is indescribable. It is one of the most unique stories I've ever read. Fascinating and inscrutable.
The show must go on-Bridgett Nelson-Bridgett, you are a star. I happen to be a Phantom of the Opera fan so I love reading about theaters. This story was haunting. I adored it.
So thank you authors, for the great works and the great stories. I have come to look forward to them and rely on them to make me smile and that's a good thing, in these tough times. I also must say I cannot WAIT until the release of the anthology on ocean creatures since I have been obsessed with the sea since girlhood.
Five stars. Keep up the great work!
Made in Hell for its mashup of mafia, prison and the occult making for some quite memorable imagery.
Curiosity, which has a teasing, Twilight Zone style and excellent characterisation.
From the Red Dirt does a tremendous job of setting us in Depression era America. The voice of the young protagonist is wonderfully drawn and the story is tense and moving. A really excellent piece.
Thanks to Sinister Smile Press for allowing me to read an ARC of the collection
I haven't read the first four books, but after reading this one they're all on my "to-read" list.