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Karen Heard lives in London (UK) and writes dark fiction in a range of genres, including Gothic, ghost and mystery stories. Whatever genre she writes in, all her stories have one thing in common: they are all dark. Don't expect many happy endings or pleasant characters from her, for there is something dark lurking in the shadows of her imagination that makes itself known in each tale that escapes her mind.
Karen had a degree in Creative Writing and has worked for the past ten years in the magazine publishing industry.
on Feb. 01, 2014 :
Six fantastically written tales of terror...it is very dark inside the covers of this book! The writing took me along with it very easily and had me delving boxes for the last bulb all the way through to barring the door on the last kitten.... It was a pleasure to read, scary to be part of and absolutely fantastic to ride the tales through the vivid writing skills of Karen Heard
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2013 :
Six excellent dark stories that set my nerves tingling with dread. Out Of Order leaves the reader and the story's protagonist uncertain as to events unfolding beyond a closed door in a railway carriage. That something terrible is going on is implied rather than explained and the terror ratchets up with one twist after another. The Lighthouse and Inside exposes the building trauma that can occur when characters are left in isolation.
I enjoyed all six stories, the three I've highlighted, I loved.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on July 30, 2013 :
This is a really enthralling collection of stories that are all very different yet capture the essence of human terror superbly. The first story is called the Lighthouse and is told through the eyes of a young girl left in a isolated lighthouse by her parents and her struggle to survive without them. The second story, Snap, tells of one photographer's quest to document the dying moments of the last of a species and shows the horrors and sense of loss associated with such moments (this was my favourite, especially given current trends). The third story is told through the observations of a ghostly painting and shows how quickly life can change from good to bad. The last three tales, Out of Order, The Promise and Inside, all play on the reader's imagination filling in what is not seen/heard/read allowing the reader's own fears to drive the story and create an even greater sense of dread. Overall this is a superb collection that shows that you don't need to go over the top with graphic details to get a reaction and send shivers down the spine of the reader.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on March 08, 2013 :
Karen Heard uses the First Person narrative to excellent, and spine-rattling, effect. One feels a strong sense of the macabre, especially in 'The Picture', 'The Promise' and 'Inside' - these stories deliver an almost Victorian/ twenty-first century tone, which is not only clever, but very entertaining. There is an air of pulp-fiction to 'Out of Order' that makes it amusing in places, but in a dark and unsteady way, which really worked! 'Snap' evokes a sad sense of the very real threat to the future of wildlife in this world, while at the same time keeping you on the edge of your seat; the bloody irony of the ending is that... (I'm not going to tell you). I hope you've got spare underwear...
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 20, 2013 :
Entertaining stories that will give you chills. Scary without the gore factor present in so many horror collections. Very well written. My absolute favorites were Out of Order, and The Promise.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)