Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed

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They haunt us all.

Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds...

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Review by: vi reaper on Aug. 12, 2013 : star star star star
Remember when you were a kid and in the dead of night you'd hear a sound? A sound you were convinced came from within your room? Maybe it came from underneath the floorboards, in a big old wardrobe or, even worse,from under your bed? Well if you do remember then this collection of short stories will make those bad memories burst upon your mind with a cringe and send a shiver down your spine.
There are twelve stories here.
'Forgotten' by Jack Wallen: Dylan hears an eerie voice of young girl beckoning him to play a game with her. While he is initially petrified, curiosity and bravery soon overcomes him. As Dylan befriends the little ghost girl, he is unaware that this ghost holds a dark family secret and grave intentions.
'Baby Teeth' by Kim Krodel: As Brian loses his first ever tooth, scare stories about the gruesome tooth fairy results in family tragedy.
'Madeleine' by Julianne Snow: Young Stella is plagued every night by dreams about the deaths of her family. All is forgotten however when Stella's birthday arrives and she is gifted with a beautiful doll. The doll is said to steal away nightmares but Stella soon discovers that some things are worse than bad dreams.
'Telling Tales' by Phil Hickes: Peters Great Aunt loves to terrify the boy with violent and disturbing bedtime stories. whilst he thinks she's just mean there is a hidden warnings in those tales the boy should have listened to.
'Excess Baggage' by Lisamarie Lamb: A tale that proves not all bedtime spook stories focus on children. Adults can be targeted too.
'Timothy' by Joshua Skye: Debts must be re-paid in this violent story of a kid versus a clawed and clever beast.
'Show and Tell' by Kate Monroe: Tommy resents being the family disappointment, the laughing stock and the bullied so he calls into action his very special best friend, namely the monster that lives in his bedroom.
'The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been' by John McIlveen: The ghost of a man becomes attached to the little girl of the family that has moved into his old home. So attached that he wants her to stay with him forever and ever.
'Seeing is Believing' by Amber Keller: The disbelieving parents of a terrorized boy discover that there really was something there all along.
'Bent Metal' by Nina D'Arcangela: A distressing nightmare about a car crash lingers in the mind of girl all day in this touching terrorizer with a twist.
'Shades of Red' by Colin F.Barnes: A man under arrest for mass murder accounts his early years to a psychiatrist. But did he kill or was it a something called the Shade?
'Socks' by Brandon Scott: Is a grandfather's tale of a sock drawer monster real or folly? Empty the drawer and find out.

Altogether this a good collection of stories. The restrictions implemented by the overall theme of the book do lead to a little repetition in the form of content but there are also some quite brilliantly executed nail-biters that more than make up for it in the form of fresh ideas and truly interesting avenues that are as unpredictable as they are frightening. So, if you feel like reliving those formative years where ever noise in a dark room meant there was a monster just inches away, I recommend this book. Read it before you go to bed for full effect. Enjoy.
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