Horror Showcase

Rated 3.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Twelve macabre tales by three authors in one terrorific tome:

Stuart Neild (Dame Demise, Gnomes, Giant Killer Eels)
Ian Woodhead (Spore, Crimson Dreams, Lumps)
Dave Jeffery (Necropolis Rising, The Growling, Splatoon)

Horror Showcase: Come and slay for a while ….
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About David Jeffery

Dave Jeffery is 46 and lives with his family in rural Worcestershire. He was born in The Black Country and spent most of his youth dreaming of writing and drawing comic strips for DC Thompson, creators of The Beano and The Dandy.

Dave completed his first novel, Badlands, at the age of ten and admits that it was 'pretty awful'. He still has it hidden somewhere in his loft. At school he used to write and illustrate comics for his school friends, selling them for a few pennies. At 15 years of age, he was invited to Dundee to see DC Thompson’s offices after sending his portfolio to them. Nothing may have come of the visit but the dream of getting work published continued.

He is perhaps best known for his Beatrice Beecham series originally with Chipmunka Publications, London. This adventurous, super-sleuth teenager is currently on her second adventure with a third, Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, due out in 2011. The eBook Housefull of Horrors is released through Smashwords on October 31st and contains all seven Beatrice Beecham chapbooks.

Writing as David Jeffery, this author also publishes adult and young adult horror and supernatural fiction. His zombie novel Necroloplis Rising will be released on September 11th through Smashwords. The prelude chapbook Splatoon is available now by following the book cover link on the home page. His Beatrice Beecham Presents: Campside Chillers collection will also be available early next year. In the interim Dave's short stories can be found in the Creature Feature anthology and his story Masquerade has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming WATCH anthology from Imprint Phoenix Publications.

When he is not writing novels Dave works as a mental health practitioner. He has published an academic book with John Wiley & Sons and articles in his field of mental health whilst presenting on the international stage. He is in the process of editing another book for Speechamrk Publishing Ltd, for release in 2011.

He is also author of Finding Jericho, a novel for young adults released through Chipmunka Publications, London exploring the relationship between a 15 year old boy and an uncle who has been diagnosed with manic depression. This book has been endorsed by the mental health charity MIND.

Dave enjoys music, playing guitar and was once in a band called The Lion Farm who took their name from the council estate where he was dragged up.

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chucklesthescot reviewed on on June 14, 2014

Stuart Neild-The Smoking Assassin
The ramblings of a smoke demon who assassinates people.
This is a monologue of a demon talking to the next victim. He just rambles on about nothing and I found this boring. (1 star)

Ian Woodhead-Spicy Meat
A bunch of thuggish would-be rapists want a late night snack and fun but get more than they bargained for.
The language was vile throughout the book, f-bombs etc just for the sake of it, and the attempt at rape, obnoxious moronic characters, all of which ruined a halfway decent story. Got bored. (1 star)

Dave Jeffery-Wish you were here?
Four drunks steal a garden gnome which turns out to be the death of them.
A little gem of a story about the garden gnome version of Chuckie getting revenge for being stolen from his owner. Quirky horror tale with good writing and satisfying death scenes. (4 star)

Stuart Neild-Special Boy
A woman becomes obsessed with an exhibit in a freak show.
This was weird and left me cold. (1 star)

Ian Woodhead-Two Skins
Sex obsessed OAPs fight over a new man in their social circles.
This was an amusing story with a nice horror twist to it. (2.5 star)

Dave Jeffery-Daddy Dearest
A man has to deal with his abusive father becoming a zombie.
This has an amazing amount of emotional depth for a short story, dealing with issues of domestic violence, alcoholism and zombies. The author delivers a good story which is not your usual zombie tale. (3 star)

Stuart Neild-So you think you're a werewolf?
A woman claiming to be a werewolf agrees to change on camera at the full moon.
It was ok if a bit predictable but a werewolf isn't likely to do a stunt like this and put victims in front of herself. Never quite bought it. (2 star)

Ian Woodhead-Sewing Lesson
A strange girl uses the heads of dead animals to sew onto her dolls.
Creepy story which never seemed to really go anywhere. (2 star)

Dave Jeffery-The last rose of summer
Two serial killers roam the city and both have an eye on the same victim.
Delightful little thriller with a lovely twist. Liked this one. (3 star)

Stuart Neild-The return of Borley Rectory
A haunted house appears to lost men.
This was confusing, weird and never gives you a satisfying conclusion. I was left wondering what actually happened. (1 star)

Ian Woodhead-Beg the other man
A man steals money from the client he kills.
This was a better story with a decent plot. (2.5 star)

Dave Jeffery-Foresight
A psychic who gets visions of disasters sees his wife in trouble and tries to alter her fate.
This was another quirky story with paranormal elements and a great twist. (4 star)

Overall I was pretty disappointed with the other authors but Dave Jeffery really delivers in this book with four good stories. He does great twists and packs lots of character and interest into even the shortest story. Will look for more of his work again. Be nice if he published all these free stories into a paperback!
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norainwonderland reviewed on on Jan. 15, 2014

I was not impressed.
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Bridget Squires reviewed on on Nov. 21, 2010

Loved this collection of stories! A must read for horror lovers!
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Bec Lewis reviewed on on Nov. 11, 2010

I intended to dip into this whenever I had a few spare minutes, but the stories were so enjoyable I had to carry on - and read the whole lot in less than 24 hours! My favourite stories were The Last Rose of Summer, Foresight, Spicy Meat, and Special Boy. I look forward to reading more from the authors.
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