Horror Shorts

Rated 4.50/5 based on 15 reviews
A collection of six short stories by Drew Brown. Take a macabre journey from the Colorado wilderness to a Victorian cemetery and meet toads, robots, ghosts and grave robbers along the way. Toadlickers – Two college kids get more than they bargained for in a quest for free drugs... The Washroom – Secrets are explored in the Bloomington College Hospital washroom... and four more tales of horror.
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Price: Free! USD
Words: 25,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458126795
About Drew Brown

I was born in 1981, the first child of David and Catherine, although it wasn’t long before I had a sister, Natalie. We grew up in a small Bedfordshire town, about thirty-minutes drive from London, and I spent my days jaunting between various sports fields and the nearby woods, where fun and adventure were never far away.

The first book I remember wanting to read was The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I’m embarrassed to say the school-library copy is still on my bookshelf. As a nine-year-old I think the story was somewhat lost on me, but the pictures were very cool.

My love of horror, sci-fi and films with lots of action goes back as long as I can remember, and undoubtedly stems from my mum, who is similarly afflicted with a soft-spot for anything on the telly that goes bang or makes her jump. Some of my fondest childhood memories are staying up late on a Saturday night to watch a James Bond or Schwarzenegger film with my parents on either side of me. I have my own sofa now, but I’m still channel hopping to find the same thrill!

It’s the horror genre that I find most captivating and I watched, read and played within it as much as I could growing up. During my teenage years, with the release of the Resident Evil 2 video game, I found a particular fondness for zombies that has stayed with me ever since. There is something about the duality of a recognisable world filled with the stuff of nightmares that resonates with me as much now as it did then. In fact, as life progresses, and I’ve made the gradual (and sometimes reluctant!) change from carefree-teen to responsible adult, the thought of such events is even more terrifying…

My life changed when I met Serena in 2001, and I’m proud to say we married three-and-a-half years later in 2004. Without her love and support, I’m not sure where I’d be now. In 2009 we were blessed with the birth of our son, Luke. He came home for the first time on the morning of my twenty-eighth birthday.

When I’m away from work I still enjoy various sports and I have a masochistic streak for undertaking DIY projects that I should probably leave to someone else. For the record, I don’t regret the week that Serena and Luke had to move out because we had no running water while I put down a new floor in the bathroom. Perhaps I simply like to see Serena’s wide-eyed expression when I utter the now dreaded words: “I reckon I could do…”

Should you wish to contact me about my work, I’d be more than happy to hear from you: drew_brown@live.com


Review by: Book Beast on June 27, 2014 :
Nice little collection.
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Review by: Tom Simpson on Dec. 31, 2013 :
Excellent stories, they were very entertaining
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Review by: norainwonderland on Dec. 09, 2013 :
Good stories.
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Review by: Karl Drinkwater on June 22, 2012 :
I wavered about how to rate this. The six stories range in sub-genre from creature feature (‘Toad-Lickers’; ‘Crownford’s Secrets’; ‘No Smoke Without Fire’), to ghost (‘The Washroom’), to sci-fi (‘Harry Wilson’s Dad’), to mad scientist (‘The Grave-Robbing Doctor Hawthorne and the Lady in the Black Veil’). Some of them walk a fine line between cliché and comfortable genre expectations. My favourites, which I would recommend, were ‘The Washroom’ with its creepy mystery and well-placed reveal; and ‘No Smoke Without Fire’ for its complete hopelessness and fast-paced horror. They are both the kinds of things I would like to see more of, and if all the stories had been at this quality I would have rated it as a four star collection. There is nothing wrong with the other stories, they just didn't capture my interest and hold it in the same way. I think Drew Brown has a good imagination and should focus on bringing us the unexpected and atmospheric.

With free books I always seem to find lots of typos. I can say that there were far fewer in this collection than I'd expected, usually minor apostrophe misuse, so I was pleased that I wasn't distracted so much by external factors. As usual I'll send a list of them to the author rather than list them all here.

Overall I recommend dipping into this collection and seeing the range of stories Drew has conjured up.

Three stars = 'I liked it'.
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Review by: Victoria Myers on Oct. 30, 2011 :
An perfect collection of horror stories, and great entertainment.
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Review by: James Powell on Oct. 30, 2011 :
A great collection of horror.
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Review by: Linda Norgrove on Oct. 19, 2011 :
They are excellent and gripping ...
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Review by: John Watson on May 16, 2011 : (no rating)
A collection of 6 great short horror stories. From tales that remind me of the creature features I loved as a kid, to modern day military robots run amok, each of the six is brilliant in it's own way. Drew brown is a horror writer to be reckoned with.
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Review by: Trevene Hope on May 05, 2011 :
A Highly imaginative and varied collection of really scary stories. I loved it. Hitchcock would be proud!
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Review by: Ahmed on May 03, 2011 :
An excellent collection of gripping horror shorts; just as the title promises.
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Review by: David Thomas on April 12, 2011 :
best ive read yet well done
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Review by: Ravis Harnell on March 14, 2011 :
Nice mix of imaginative new ideas and classic horror themes, told in an engaging voice. I stutter-stepped over a very small handful of spelling/grammar errors, but the stories were more than good enough to offset a missed edit or two. As fun as it was disturbing, and a very satisfying read.
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Review by: Suzanne Delaney on March 04, 2011 :
I absolutely loved this book. The tales were all different and there is something for everyone. It is extremely well written. Grave robbers, jungles, hospitals, villages - a wealth of different settings with lots of different styles.
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Review by: Bill Fox on Feb. 24, 2011 :
Thoughtful and well-written horror stories with decent characterization and plot twists!
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Review by: Bridget Squires on Feb. 09, 2011 :
Fantastic collection! The washroom was by far my favorite and I don't think I will be using a public washroom anytime soon. Great job
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