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Twisted: Tainted Tales Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B09272HJKW
- Publisher : Pipe Screams Press (May 1, 2021)
- Publication date : May 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1896 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,043 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Twisted Tainted Tales can be one of those magazines, all by itself. I believe that may very well be the highest compliment that I can personally give to this collection. Janine Pipe used a brilliant idea in laying out her collection like an 80’s mix tape. Being a child from the 80’s and 90’s, I greatly appreciated this concept. It was different and unexpected much like the stories in her collection. Not only that, she used the layout to tell a story in itself, that gathered the various tales into one cohesive storyline. Again, brilliant.
The chosen time frame for her mixtape was excellent, taking me back to my beloved classic horror movies, and pulp fictions. The stories were fantastic, each one a miniature masterpiece within the few pages allotted to it and the horror ramped up to max. The settings, the topics, the fear, and tropes within, all fully showcase the range that Janine has at her disposal.
This is a triple-feature at the drive-in, a rare summer occurrence; a music festival for only the most hard-core metal heads with opening acts that will melt your face off, let alone the headliner. Janine Pipe is the opening act, the headliner, the closer and that triple-feature. She is an 80’s classic summer horror festival, all you need is the popcorn.
I am not going to lay out the tracks contained on this mix-tape for you. This is something you will need to experience for yourself because it is an experience. Put the kids to bed, pop some popcorn, turn those lights off and settle in. It’s going to be an epic night.
5 stars for a horror festival told in 17 tracks of gore and solid gold.
I was familiar with a couple of these stories, having beta read 3 of them. I thought I knew what I was getting into--some nice folklore elements, supernatural creepiness, hauntings--but yeah, she goes way beyond that. This collection is a smorgasbord of horror, with something for everyone. Each tale has its own tone, unique characters, and surprise twists. Some are quiet and spooky, some are loud and bloody, and there's even comedy, but they are all entertaining as hell!
While I loved some stories more than others, which happens with every collection, I truly feel they're all good. I want to mention a couple in particular, my absolute top picks:
"Footsteps" - this was printed before, though it's my first time reading it, and it's already beloved enough by the community to be nominated for a Splatterpunk Award. Picture girls out in the wilderness, but something is drawn to them and begins hunting... I do not want to give away anything, but I loved this so much! Honestly, I'm glad another woman talked about this scenario cause I swear while on adventures in the wild, this exact fear has crossed my mind.
"When Doves Cry" - short and sweet, brilliant gothic folk horror. It reads like a spooky story recounted by a fire, some local legend or fairy tale just unsettling enough to keep you looking over your shoulder when you're far from home and vulnerable.
"Addicted to Love" - A pair of drunk partiers hook up, heading out for an unforgettable one-night stand. I kinda had a feeling about the twist, but that's a-okay. Still so fun watching the trap get set then snap shut!
"Sweet Child O Mine" - A woman wants to return for a vacation to the farm she loved as a child, relive those happy times with her daughter. And omg...I might have gasped out loud at the end. Hit a little close to home given how my sisters and I used to pass the time on family vacations... but no spoilers!
"It's a Sin" - Sam finally makes a friend, Jack. But Jack goes missing. Whatever could've happened?? Beautifully written, atmospheric, with such an empathetic main character, and what a twist... probably my favorite.
"Running With The Devil" - Did I mention how much I love folk horror and ghost stories? Read about the legend of Trent Barrow. Follow a bunch of teens on Halloween night as they go to find out if it's real. Such a good story with a banging ending!
"Paradise City" - All I will say is...so gross, but so hilarious. This story will not be for everyone, but we all need a dose of gross-out horror/humor every once in a while.
"School's Out Forever" - Remember that scary place in your hometown, the place you weren't supposed to go? Well, in this town, it's the shut-down Barwick School For Boys, and 2 girls decide to trespass. Haunted goodness awaits!
"Nobody's Fool" - This story was surprisingly touching. I really felt for Alex's parents. They love their son, but every night he has horrible nightmares which cripple him for years. But what if it's more than just a nightmare?? I would love to see this expanded into a larger story.
"They" - I often enjoy a narrator that's not particularly likeable, especially in horror. Meet Sammy - he's kind of a bonehead, but he's got guts for sure. Him and his friends dare each other to explore a creepy tunnel. Can Sammy beat the record and win his chance at a kiss? We'll see!
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First the cover. What a beauty!
I liked the concept of using an imaginary character, Jill, to introduce each story and embrace the idea behind it as a link. However, they did seem to tell the reader what to expect from the stories. On the other hand, I enjoyed reading the author notes at the end of the stories. I also loved the way she used 80's song titles to link them. Very clever!
My favorite stories were:
When Doves Cry - (I was immediately drawn to the folktale feel of this one.)
Tainted Love - (I enjoyed the twist.)
It's a Sin
Running With the Devil (Enjoyed the connection to the legend.)
A few too many stories featured hormone-driven teenage boys for me, though I have to admit, they were amusing and spot-on.
To sum up... if you like in-your-face-horror, bursting with gore and grime, then this collection will definitely be to your taste!
What i loved:-
- The cover is awesome.
- There's an 80s vibe throughout a lot of the tales, whether if be pop references or general atmosphere. Which i loved, since im an 80s baby myself.
- Different styles of writing and they all were written superbly.
What i didnt love so much:-
- I felt the over arcing story of Jill laying out the tales for the reader didnt really work. If anything, it took me out of the experience because it told you what to expect from them all, which spoiled the tension. Especially since the writer included story notes after each tale, which gave you info on the story anyway. The preamble together with story notes on each, to me, felt jarring.
Overall, i really enjoyed all the stories and would definitely recommend. There's something here for any horror fan.