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This is a special selection from Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt. You can read how this book came to be in the introduction. Don't skip it!
As these are extremely short stories, my review of each will be short. I hope there aren't any spoilers.
Closure on a Bed of Nails - Chris Lutzke
WOW! I will never look at a bed of nails the same way again. And nightmares.
Fast Car - Tracy Fahey
This author will have you holding your breath. Fast car indeed!
Tears of Buddy - Patrick R. McDonouge
This is creepy. Good creepy. I cried.
Puzzle Pieces - Armand Rosamilia
The one before this was creepy. This one is also creepy. The end may shock you.
Pretty Like Butterflies - Tim Waggoner
A young woman learns too late why the old man told her she is pretty.
S1:E7 - Robert Ford
This really a season one, episode 7 type of story. You read it and have a feeling you have missed some of what happened earlier. Excellence in a very short story.
Pain Is Your Teacher - Michael Harris Cohen
A woman scorned and hurt gives back what she got.
Memory Lane - Red Lagoe
A photograph album really bothers an old drunk who doesn't drink anymore.
The Silence Of The Sirens - Loren Rhoads
Love does have limits.
It’s Me, Not You - Jonathan Winn
What's a lonely spinster suppose to do?
Sisters Of Loss - Mark Allan Gunnells
Boy, Howdy! Some women are just nuts!
The Melting Of Your Gods - Mercedes M. Yardley
Only Mercedes M. Yardley can make a fire so terrifying. Really.
Talisman - Jezzy Wolfe
Again with the creep factor. Only different.
Charms - Dino Parenti
A woman scorned gets revenge. Through her daughter.
Not Your Average Monster - Kenneth W. Cain
Kenneth W. Cain never fails. He does not fail here. Best I can do without a spoiler.
Where The Children Run In Darkness - Guy Medley
Just the title makes me shiver. I must say I am glad my children are out of school.
Tunnels - Tom Over
Sometimes you really don't want a one or two sentence review. Too creepy to know in advance.
The Truth About Dani - Joe Mercer
This seemed a one-off. Then comes the last sentence. It isn't a one-off. Everything in the past changes.
Baby Savannah - M.J. Sydney
Baby Savannah will break your heart. And make you scream.
Rats Scratched In The Linen Cupboard - Dani Brown
You read a sentence at the beginning of a paragraph. Then again, again. The sentence is innocuous until you read the, again, the last sentence. Then that quiet in your brain starts screaming. Do you? This is definitely a Prozin night.
Raining - John Boden
I used to live in Florida. I was landlocked, so we got a lot of rain, not like here.
Not really knowing where this takes place, rain is a bad omen.
The Death Experience - L.A. Story
Again, WOW! I love anthologies, and this one does not disappoint.
I have pre-ordered the next one. I think that says it all! Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt are forces to be reckoned with. They never disappoint.
This is a super short (only about 87 pages) collection of short stories, each of which themselves are super super short (like a page or 2). The stories generally make up for their short length by being TWEESTY, like a page about a zombie apocalypse finally ending but it's revealed the narrator was a zombie killing the last human. Nothing mindblowing in this collection, but it was only 99 cents, so for that price it was a fun romp, or more accurately, a fun series of tiny romps.