Gathering Darkness

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Author Chris Allinotte brings you twenty-eight chilling short stories in this new collection.

Inside, you'll find tales of love gone horribly awry in "Sex and Beer", and "Pick Your Own Pumpkins."

Ghosts and weirdness abound in "The Cabin Sleeps" and "Kittens for Sale."

Did we mention the zombie mice?

All this, plus three brand new stories await you in the Gathering Darkness. More

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About Chris Allinotte

Chris Allinotte lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

In 2008, his story The Dirt on Ronnie Wilkins won first place in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest. As a result of winning the contest, Chris got to attend the prestigious George Brown College Writer’s course, where he studied for eight months with author Tim Wynne Jones.

Chris is the creator and editor of the Eight Days of Madness, and Nine Days of Madness anthologies.
He is currently working on his first novel.

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Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Dec. 7, 2012 :
I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author, via the Goodreads Group Paranormal and Horror Lovers, in return for my provision of a fair and impartial review.

Review of Gathering Darkness by Chris Allinotte
5 stars

“Gathering Darkness” is one of those extraordinary short story collections that makes me so happy I’ve picked it up. Rich in depth and imagination, there are stories here sure to please almost everyone, and many that will leave the reader looking back over her shoulder, hoping to still be alone.

The 28 stories included-some never before published-are scary, heartwarming, heartbreaking, thought-provoking. Yes, there is straight-out horror (such as “Pick Your Own Pumpkin” [shudder! I’ll never forget this one!] or “Sex and Beer” [don’t be fooled by the title: this is one frightening tale, interweaving contemporary culture right along with the “I can’t believe this is happening” terror). There’s also psychological horror, as evinced in, for example, “Coming Home.” You can read these at one sitting, or take your time and savour, one story at a time. I just recommend that there are some [“Pick Your Own Pumpkin,” again] probably better not read during the wee hours of a dark, moonless night. Don’t miss this collection by an accomplished and gifted author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: James S. Hoch on Dec. 5, 2012 :
The short story is alive and well...and it isn't just with Stephen King. Chris has compiled an excellent collection of creepy, well-crafted stories. There are tales like Something Different that are written in the vein of Rod Serling and others such as Frosted Glass tip a nod to the OUTER LIMITS. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. It was clean and I know all his English teachers would be proud. If you enjoy short stories, definitely pick this collection up. You will be entertained.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Hermine Strand on Aug. 7, 2012 : (no rating)
Sorry I forgot to review this book! I just got a friendly reminder from Smashwords.

This book is one of those precious but too-rare creatures: a short story anthology. The genre is technically supernatural horror, but the variety of stories belies that. The stories range from long to very short; the protagonists, from sweethearts to disgusting scumbags; the supernatural elements, from mental patients to monstrosities to ghosts to even one story about zombies (which is only the ten millionth zombie/vampire/werewolf story ever published, and therefore should by definition be crap, but is actually pretty good). I think this kind of book, with its variety of content, might be what it takes to rescue the supernatural horror genre from its death throes. More anthologies with a variety of stories, please! And the price of this book is totally reasonable for its quality.

If I gave the book four stars, it's only because I tend to avoid supernatural horror the way I avoid the dentist. But for avid readers of supernatural horror, especially those bored by the same old thing, this is a five-plus-star read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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