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Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences: Collection of Horror Stories (Haunted Library) Kindle Edition
Thriller, horror, and romantic suspense stories from multiple award-winning authors.
Ever start a relationship with a guy and think he's a little too perfect?
That's probably because he's a shape-changing serial killer.
Or how about when you got stood up on that tinder date and go home disappointed, only to realize it was all a trick so he'd know where you live?
Then there's those letters your dead wife keeps writing you...
There can be no light without darkness, pleasure without pain, or love without loss. 17 authors have teamed up to collect all our favorite supernatural and psychological horror stories about love.
Jealous murders, monstrous doppelgangers, heart-rending romances, devils and angels, cannibals and virtual worlds - over 350 pages of your most desperate longings and worst nightmares all rolled into one. Shocking twists and absolute mind-fuckery will thrill and terrify you to the last page!
Great way to discover more authors in the horror genre.
Excerpt: (An account of Hell)
There are two kinds of pain which I had come to expect from the world of the living: the physical, and the emotional. Never had I experienced a physical pain so excruciating as the boils which began to swell across my body, nor a mental burden as debilitating as the taunting echoes which sneered at me from the living tissue beneath my feet. Every good memory of my life was poisoned against me, and each shame and guilt was magnified a thousand times over by the leering specters which narrated my ordeals with intimate knowledge and exaggerated effect.
Worse than either was the spiritual pain I endured however, the gnawing hopeless depression which robbed even my sense of self. I was not a person in Hell; I was Hell. I did not feel pain; I was pain-inseparable and indistinguishable. It was then, in the lowest reduction of my humanity as I crawled across the putrid ground in a trail of my own ruptured boils, that she took pity on me.
Gentle hands shed my skin from me; not as a torment, but a release. My disfigured limbs were cut away by her flashing knife, each slice bringing a pain so pure and clean that I welcomed it without question. Layer by layer she flayed me until at last there was nothing left to cut but my soul. Again it is difficult to describe her without the reliance of my mortal senses now stripped from me, but if you understood me when I told you that I was pain, you will understand again when I tell you she was beauty.
-I'm in Love with the Devil's Wife
- ASIN : B079CS1TK2
- Publisher : Haunted House Publishing LLC (February 6, 2018)
- Publication date : February 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 5133 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,952 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The opening story, Blair Daniels’s “Let Me In,” is one of my two favorite stories in this collection (yeah, it’s not a good sign when I can only label two stories as favorites). It’s a beautiful little nugget of horror surrounding a mysterious break-in at a house. My other favorite is P. Oxford’s “Some Smells Shouldn’t Be Ignored,” in which an artist who just moved in with her boyfriend hears rats in the walls, and then starts to smell something horrid. A short, chilling read. Both stories go just far enough for maximum chills, and leave all the right questions unanswered.
The editor of this anthology must really love stories about men whose girlfriends (or wives) die and then have to help them move on from beyond the grave, because there are a lot of variations on that theme in here (two of them are even by the same author, and there are three of them in a row). The women in most of these stories serve as nothing more than agents of change for the men they leave behind. Another theme is that women who are sexually aggressive often turn out to be monsters. We’re really racking up the bad female tropes here. There’s also a story in which a female scientist seemingly randomly decides to give her scientific subject the best sex ever because… why, exactly? There’s a story about “The Devil’s Wife” that has an intriguing setup, but again, it’s another story of female-solely-as-agent-of-male-change.
At least “Letters From My Dead Wife” handles the dead loved one in a very different and much more original manner than most of the other stories do. “A House of Only Memories” by J.P. Carver is another dead wife story that has a little more of interest to it than some of the earlier ones. Tara A. Devlin’s “Last Room of the Cave” is yet another dead-woman-as-agent-of-male-change, but at least it has a monster in it and a really interesting secret.
Many of these authors have two, three, or even four stories in here, and I don’t think that was a great idea. In many cases it seemed pretty obvious that one of an author’s stories was noticeably better than the other(s). I really liked J.D. McGregor’s “Mile High Club,” for instance, but his other two stories didn’t really do it for me. (I felt like one was mostly just weird, and the other elided over some details that were necessary to the story.) However, two stories that I thought were quite good were both by Hayong Bak, “My First Relationship Was My Craziest” and “My Wife and Her Baby Doll.” Both went in fascinating directions.
Note one major formatting error: there’s a long duplicated passage in the middle of Grant Hinton’s “The Desert Stars.” I definitely saw this story as more of a thriller than a horror story. Hinton’s “Looking for Love” (involving some Tinder dating) definitely fit the horror milieu.
A couple of otherwise-good stories gave us too-confusing endings. I don’t mind some ambiguity or unanswered questions, but it’s possible to take that too far. P. Oxford’s “My Boyfriend And I Were Taken” falls into this category, which is a shame, because otherwise it was a good story.
I’d say the anthology as a whole was just okay. Luckily it has a few individual stories that make me glad I read it anyway.
Content note: sex, mild gore, sex with produce, reference to off-screen rape, and one incidence of animal harm.
The stories span many sub-genres, from vivid otherworldly horror, to stories that are beautifully human and almost too close to home. There is something for everyone in here.
Each story is bite sized, yet packed with flavor. This would be a fabulous book to pick up to distract yourself one story at a time if you're the kind of person who has trouble finding the time or attention span to devote to a full length book. For those like me, it's a delight to read front to back in a sitting :)
I give it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because there are a handful of typos and misspellings peppered throughout the stories that should have been caught in editing. These minor imperfections are certainly not bad enough to distract from the stories themselves.
I loved the previous collection of short stories from wade, though that one was a collection of stories entirely written by him. This collection, and many of the ones coming from him in the future, features a number of talented horror writers with their own unique voices. I've enjoyed the stories to varying levels, but I haven't disliked any of them, which speaks volumes for Wade's ability to compile a themed collection of quality stories. Though some may be considered cliche and treading familiar territory, I'm always much more concerned with the way an idea is presented, and all of the disturbing, macabre, and even hopeful (depending on how deep you are willing to dig into the stories) ideas in this collection are presented in an enjoyable way.
If I have one main criticism of the collection it's that there are a number of spelling and grammar errors I have come across that didn't seem to get caught in my copy. Overall, however, these are minimal. Considering the sheer amount of work that went into this compilation, I don't fault those errors, as I know that most will be found and fixed before too long.
I suggest this book to any fan of the horror genre, especially those who want a quality collection of stories from lesser known writers, but lack the time to dig through the plethora of stories on various forums and websites to find a good number of them.
Tobias Wade...with Love, Death and other Inconveniences...has done the work for you.
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Personal favourites for me were the wonderfully unsettling 'Arranged marriage' the simple but hugely effective ' Let me in, the sad and chilling 'My wife's baby doll' and the extremely well written 'the desert stars' who would have though it was possible to combine my 2 favourite genres of Horror and Gangster?!