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If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Supernatural Horror (The Better Off Dead Series) Paperback – March 29, 2020
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Be afraid. Be very afraid.
That noise in the dead of night. The shadow that slips by almost unnoticed. The fear that pulverizes your sense of reasoning and pushes you deep down under seven layers of covers. There is no escaping it, and when the dark forces of the universe come after you, the world will know exactly what you are made of. Will you run? Will you fight? Maybe you’ll join forces with the darkness that rips through your quiet little life. Everyone’s dying to find out.
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 R.E. Sargent, Steven Pajak, Jane Alvey Harris, Red Lagoe, Kayla Krantz, RJ Roles, Peter Rocha, Mike Duke, Cassandra Angler, Matthew A Clarke, Gerald Dean Rice, Alan Derosby and L.K. Pinaire.
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- Publisher : Sinister Smile Press (March 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 340 pages
- ISBN-10 : 195311203X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1953112033
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.85 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the Core of Darkness by Steven Pajak: NC17, about cancer, 5*
Dead Pics by Gerald Dean Rice: X, too gross to read
Finders Keepers by Jane Alvey Harris: PG13, scary, 4*
Carnival of Lust by Mike Duke: PG15, well written, 5*
I.O.U. by Kayla Krantz: a serial killer using the Dark Web, thoroughly satisfying and best of the bunch. 5*
Dead and Buried by Matthew A Clarke: REALLY creepy, 4*
Until That Day Arrives by RJ Roles: involves an orphanage, 4*
Harvest of Truth by L.K. Pinaire: involves a curse, 5*
Kunk by Alan Derosby: an invisible friend, 4*
Withered by Cassandra Angler: foster care, 4*
It Happened on State Street by Peter Rocha: possession, 4*
Never Have I Ever by Red Lagoe: Truth & Consequence, 4*
Killer Radio by R.E. Sargent: a tale of vengeance, 4*
A few of my brief thoughts about each story in If I Die Before I Wake: Tales of Supernatural Horror.
At the Core Lies Darkness - Steven Pajak - This creative little roller coaster of a story covered a spectrum of emotions for me--happiness, sadness, and my body cringing in disgust. I loved every minute. (If you haven't read it yet, I also highly recommend his novel, Project Hindsight.)
Dead Pics - Gerald Dean Rice - I was in it! Super fun, a little disturbing, and a lot creative. But hey...haven't we ALL looked at grisly death pictures/videos before? I know I have.
Finders Keepers -Jane Alvey Harris - Any mother could relate to this story. Incredibly creepy and effective.
Carnival of Lust - Mike Duke - If only we could keep those powerful teenage lusts and desires our entire lives. Of course, then we'd get absolutely nothing else accomplished. 😂 Such a fun story.
I.O.U. - Kayla Krantz - A story full of revenge and vindication. Enjoyable!
Dead and Buried - Matthew A. Clarke - This was such a cool, genuinely scary story, but there is a trigger warning--animal torture/death. A huge no-no for me.
Until That Day Arrives - R.J. Roles - Gotta give my fellow West Virginia Mountaineer some kudos...this was a freaky, crazy-good story.
Harvest of Truth - L.K. Pinaire - A sad, reflective story about the injustices those who are different face...even in past centuries.
Kunk - Alan Derosby- A deliciously creepy, macabre story. Kunk needs to stay far, far away from me.
Withered - Cassandra Angler- This is one twisted ride! Disturbing on so many levels. I was thoroughly entertained.
It Happened on State Street - Peter Rocha - Heavy on religious themes, but a very well-written, engaging story.
Never Have I Ever - Red Lagoe - Okay, I kinda loved this story. So much fun!
Killer Radio - R.E. Sargent - He's done it again! The author who gave us the epic Karen Carter series also wrote my favorite story of the bunch. Sargent has a knack for short stories that absolutely suck you in. Even better...all that 80s music. Loved his creativity.
Hmmm...if I had to pick a top 3, I'd choose At the Core Lies Darkness, Never Have I Ever, and Killer Radio, but I wholeheartedly enjoyed each and every story.
Available April 20, 2020. Make sure to get a copy!
**Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.