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Terrible Stories with No Endings
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2022
I usually like anthologies. Not this time. People often complain that Stephen King does not know how to end a book. I'd say that at least his books HAVE an ending. Or maybe the word I'm looking for is 'explanation'. This book was terrible. Not a single story worth rereading, unless maybe you do it to try to figure out what the heck was going on. To me these stories could have been written by Bentley Little. His books often 'end' without explaining what the whole thing was about. One example in THIS book is "What were the 'Sisters' who wore human skins and traveled through power lines to inhabit a porch-front animatronic?" We'll never know because the author apparently didn't know either. Or thought it would be cool to offer no explanation. Another that comes to mind is 'Lost in the Dark'... Seriously, wtf? I knew no more about what was going on after reading the story than I knew at the beginning. I'm not trying to spoil any of the stories for anyone, so I will leave it there. Suffice it to say, I'm glad this was bought for me as a gift (from my list, so that's my bad), because had I bought it, I'd be lamenting not just the time I spent reading the drivel but also the $$ spent to buy the drivel. This is THE WORST collection of stories I can remember ever reading, and I'm an avid reader who has read thousands of books.