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on Jan. 18, 2013 :
Night Terrors Anthology has 17 short stories written by various authors. Some stories have you on the edge of your seat, and then boom, it's over when you are craving for more. Other stories have suspense, adventure, or blankly wondering why it ended so abruptly and wishing it was a novel instead of a few pages that captured your imagination.
"A World Not our Own" by JC Hemphill was a little flat at first but towards the ending of the short story, it left a cliffhanger as it drew me in the darkness and bite-sucking of the Aeonian vampires. Tim was searching for his sister, Jessie, in the Conversion Centre (Center) and he was the last one to be bitten...or was he, once the search was over. 3.5 stars
"Corridors" by Carole Hall is a short story about a creepy dead woman, Naomi, wants to pass to the next level/door in the corridor if Carl can prove his love to her. Carl has a hard time believing and eventually convinced that he is talking to a dead woman from the other side, who he never stopped loving but Jack is the one she loved and broke her heart which lead to her fatal suicidal death. Yet, there was a discrepancy in the storyline with the time (read 3:21 a.m. on page 12 and page 13 a couple paragraphs later has 3:18 a.m., did they mess up or go back in time without the reader actually knowing). 3 stars
"Death Crone" by Jonathan Shipley writes about a mysterious Old Mother in the desert sadly losing some of the sisters for her devious plan.
The other stories thereafter didn't keep my interest although there were classics by Mark Twain and other greats.
My favorite short story in this anthology was "Failed Sacrifice" which had me drawn in from the beginning, Cecily thought Annie was her friend until she was thrown in the ocean as a living sacrifice; her bloodline made an agreement with the sun gods to continue to prosper, blood from their line was dripped in the ocean and then threw in a living sacrifice but this one failed. I am on the edge of my laptop waiting to see what will take place and why Cecily was released from the depths of the sea.
"Like Father Like Daughter" another enjoyable read in Night Terror, Gale discovering that her husband was a vampire after having a daughter with him, Greta, who also appeared as a pale, sickly child who was participating in a blood-sucking feast with her father. Gale came home from work watching them feast on a woman, and cut Randolph in pieces and buried his body. Will he rise back from his grave as Greta kept protesting that Daddy will come home?
There were a few minor typographical errors in the reading; in addition, in comparison to English language in America versus in European country, Australia, there are some terms that may appear misspelled but are perfectly fine in their writing style for most literature.
Overall, there is a story to tickle your fancy and enjoy!
*I received an eBook copy from the author for a book review (LibraryThing contest win).
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 08, 2012 :
I've not been the biggest fan of short story collections in the past but so far this year I have been able to read several good ones and I have found them a good way of finding out about new authors. I was able to read this one as part of the LibraryThing review program in exchange for an honest review and was looking forward to getting stuck into reading it.
The Night Terrors anthology is a collection of 17 short stories, of which three are classics by Mark Twain, Guy de Maupassant and Edgar Allan Poe. The classic stories highlight the way horror stories have changes in the past couple hundred years and yet don't feel out of place amongst this varied collection of modern tales. The newer stories have a good mixture of themes including vampires, ghosts, zombies, aliens and giant insects - all of which are well written and helps turn this into a real page turner.
I enjoyed many of the stories here and don't recall finishing a bad one which is something I find rare with such a mixture of authors and themes. I found the collection really easy to keep reading with my personal favourite being Share The Love - a tale featuring both aliens and zombies.
In all I found this collection really enjoyable and can happily recommend it to any horror reader as I am sure you will find most stories here enjoyable. A real treat this was.
(reviewed long after purchase)