Tentacles: An Anthology

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This short horror anthology packs a big punch. Four short science fiction stories of tentacle monster mayhem and destruction to keep you awake at night wondering if you’ve already been the next victim…

Written by Eva LeFoy, D.R. Larsson, and Haley Whitehall. More

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Words: 23,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301520435
About Haley Whitehall

Haley was telling stories before she could write. When she was four, she woke her parents up to write down her burning ideas. Growing up on John Wayne movies and the Little House on the Prairie books, she has always loved historical fiction.

For ten years Haley developed her writing craft and voice by studying authors such as Avi, Ann Rinaldi, and Mark Twain to name a few. She received her B.A in history through Central Washington University. During all her research, her soul was pulled deeper in the 19th century U.S.

Using her words to transport people back in time continues to give her a thrill. Sometimes she wishes she could escape the present and float down the Mississippi River on a raft. But then again, just writing another historical fiction novel is a much safer journey.

You can visit her at HaleyWhitehall.com

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Review by: Leona Olson on Aug. 13, 2013 :
Tentacles: An Anthology
Smashwords Edition
Copyright Eva LeFoy 2012
Copyright D.R Larsson 2012
Copyright Haley Whitehall 2012
Cover Art by Melody Simmons
This is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, and dialogue are products of the author’s
imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or
dead, is entire coincidental
Table of Contents
Title Page
Blurbs
Copyright
Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy
Mr. Sweede by D.R Larsson
Zaural by Eva LeFoy
The Sacrifice by Haley Whitehall

Author Bios:
Eva LeFoy
Eva LeFoy writes and reads all kinds of science fiction, steampunk, and romance, and is a
certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, yoga and hiking. One of these
days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her day job and travel the galaxy. Until then,
she’s writing down all her weird and dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

D.R Larsson
D.R. has been around the block a time or three, often in different time zones and different
centuries. He grew up in costume at a historic site and couldn’t remember if it was 1876 or
1976. Later he studied everything. Music, history, education, psychology, sociology, geology,
chemistry and anthropology, then spent 20 years as an archaeologist. Now, by day he works as a
research assistant in a high tech industry. By night, among other things, he writes. This is his first
foray into the public with his fiction.

Haley Whitehall
Haley Whitehall has been writing stories since the age of four. She has a history B.A and
normally writes gritty 19th century novels and offbeat historical romance. This is her first venture
into science fiction. It was fun and challenging. She plans on writing more cross-genre short
stories in the future.

Blurbs
Four short science fiction stories of tentacle monster mayhem and destruction to keep you awake
at night wondering if you’ve already been the next victim…
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Solar Pioneer by Eva LeFoy
During the ten-year war, a remote scientific station on the edge of the galaxy has all but been
forgotten. Tired of the war, cruiser pilot Coop takes the mission to re-establish contact with the
team, but soon has to rescue himself from the clutches of a crazy scientist and a monster capable
of keeping alive forever his wildest nightmares. Science Fiction Horror. 6,400 words.
Leona's Review:
I did not care for it and the language did not help my opinions. Strange and uncertain what was happening. Sorry, but not my cup of tea. I give it a 1 star.
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Mr. Sweede by D. R. Larsson
Through a telescope, some galaxies may not look like much, but the full spectrum of beings still
lurk within. Some live, learn and love within it. Some are travelers. Some hunt. But not all
hunters look like predators. Some look just like us. Some were our best friends. Mr. Sweede was
everyone’s best friend. Or so they thought… Science Fiction. 3,000 words
Leona's Review: Definitely science fiction. Language was fine but the story lost me. A 2 star because the language was better. I thought at the beginning of the story there would be some substance.
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Zaural
Captain Zaural Shuri is sent to respond to an emergency hail on Andvari, a colony of former
inmates, after a colonist is killed by the planet's indigenous species. Once there, she must battle
her ex-boyfriend, bizarre creatures, and her own fears to unravel the tangled web of clues before
she loses her grip on reality. As if reality was ever what it seemed.
Science Fiction with mild adult sexual content. 11,000 words.
Leona's Review: This story had a lot of action but again, not my interest. I will give it a 2 star for the imagination. Language kept it from a 3 star.
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The Sacrifice
One night Aveda, a scullery maid, is dragged out of bed by ruthless pirates and hauled on board
their ship. She fears she will be sold into slavery or worse, but their plan is even more sinister.
Down below, a monster she never imagined existed awaits the decision that will change her life
forever... Science Fiction/Historical. 2,500 words
Leona's Review: This story was one I could understand at the beginning and it ended with some humor. Not great but still deserves a 3.5 star because it was easy to read and language was fine. A very short story and quick to read.
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I read these stories in the past and did not do my review so re-read it. I was not too impressed. There was a lot of imagination in the stories though.
I do appreciate the complimentary copy from Smashwords.
Leona Olson
www.mnleona.blogspot.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Randy Stafford on March 12, 2013 :
Truth in advertising. You do get tentacles in every story – and a lot of alien possession.

There are four stories from three authors with none of the stories longer than 11,000 words with the shortest at 2,500.

“Solar Pioneer” from Eva LeFoy starts out with that old reliable science fiction thriller hook – the rescue mission to the space station in trouble. (Ok, so it’s more than 10 years since they got in trouble. There’s a war going on.) There is a sole survivor. But that’s not all Coop, the rescuer, finds. For one thing, there’s those voices in his head … This story kept me involved even though it really didn’t go anyplace unexpected.

“Zaural”, also from LeFoy, kind of starts out with the same hook – a rescue mission. Here it’s a full ship worth of rescuers and there are plenty of people on a colony world set up for political undesirables. But the nearby sun is gearing up for a particle storm that will kill the colonists so they are going to be mandatorily evacuated. First, though, the captain wants to find out why the Gramica, the local lifeform, killed a colonist and if they’re sentient. The longest story in the book, it has a couple of minor scientific puzzles and a surprising, ambiguous ending.

To be honest, I’m not sure what exactly what went on with D. R. Larsson’s “Mr. Sweede”. I know it involves an alien who assimilates the body and memories of its victims. I think there’s something of a biter-bitten plot, but continuity problems in the description of the action confused me, and I don’t think this story works.

Last in the book is the fun historical horror piece “The Sacrifice” by Haley Whitehall. In it, a poor, virginal, scullery maid is sacrificed to the Kraken by pirates. What happens then is both surprising and very human.

So, three pieces of effective, light entertainment of the horror variety.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Randy Stafford on March 12, 2013 : (no rating)
Truth in advertising. You do get tentacles in every story – and a lot of alien possession.

There are four stories from three authors with none of the stories longer than 11,000 words with the shortest at 2,500.

“Solar Pioneer” from Eva LeFoy starts out with that old reliable science fiction thriller hook – the rescue mission to the space station in trouble. (Ok, so it’s more than 10 years since they got in trouble. There’s a war going on.) There is a sole survivor. But that’s not all Coop, the rescuer, finds. For one thing, there’s those voices in his head … This story kept me involved even though it really didn’t go anyplace unexpected.

“Zaural”, also from LeFoy, kind of starts out with the same hook – a rescue mission. Here it’s a full ship worth of rescuers and there are plenty of people on a colony world set up for political undesirables. But the nearby sun is gearing up for a particle storm that will kill the colonists so they are going to be mandatorily evacuated. First, though, the captain wants to find out why the Gramica, the local lifeform, killed a colonist and if they’re sentient. The longest story in the book, it has a couple of minor scientific puzzles and a surprising, ambiguous ending.

To be honest, I’m not sure what exactly what went on with D. R. Larsson’s “Mr. Sweede”. I know it involves an alien who assimilates the body and memories of its victims. I think there’s something of a biter-bitten plot, but continuity problems in the description of the action confused me, and I don’t think this story works.

Last in the book is the fun historical horror piece “The Sacrifice” by Haley Whitehall. In it, a poor, virginal, scullery maid is sacrificed to the Kraken by pirates. What happens then is both surprising and very human.

So, three pieces of effective, light entertainment of the horror variety.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AJ Murphy on Feb. 19, 2013 :
This was a great read.... surprising, and kept my interest, and was well written.
Definitely worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scatty The Shadow on Feb. 17, 2013 :
Well I can’t say that I was surprised except that I was. The first three stories had me yelling ‘what’ every few minutes and just flailing at the creepiness that was occurring. All these stories were very well written and had me staring wide eyed at my screen as I read the unbelievable (and often horrifying) events in these stories.

This anthology is a great way to get a glimpse at these authors and I definitely plan on checking out their other works. If you’re into horror, sci fi and tentically monsters, this is the anthology for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: He Le on Feb. 17, 2013 :
Tentacles: An Anthology consists of four short stories of monsters by three different authors. (Haley Whitehall, D.R Larsson, and Eva LeFoy) I mistakenly thought there might be other monsters involved, but they were all of grasping limb variety. Apart from that similarity, the stories are varied; a couple are in space, one spans across time and place, the last is set in the past. The last (very) short story has a lovely twist at the end, a wonderful dessert to a great feast of suckered appendages.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa on Feb. 05, 2013 :
I'm not normally a reader of very much science fiction but I'll have to admit that I enjoyed these stories. It was easy to become caught up in the plot of each story and I felt a sense of disappointment when each one ended. My favorite was the last one entitled "The Sacrifice" because it left me breathless!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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