Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys

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Who needs vampires...zombies...or werewolves...?

The scariest, most horrifying monster is man, in Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys, you will discover the depths of depravity that can be reached. These stories will have you watching over your shoulder as you cross that dark parking lot at night after work.

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Ursula K Raphael (AstraDaemon) reviewed on on Aug. 7, 2011

The stories:

Chinked by Aaron Garrison was one of the stories with supernatural elements, and it was bad guy vs. bad guy, leaving the reader to decide which is the lesser of the two evils.

30 Minutes or Less by Matthew W. Williamson was about a disillusioned guy using his pizza delivery job to cleanse the "evil" from society.

Silence in the Court by Chantal Boudreau was told from the POV of a female stroke victim attending the trial for a man who has been charged with murdering her daughter.

Abraham of Harlon by Harley Pitts was about an escaped convict who escapes prison, only to find himself in a worse situation.

The Caged Doll by Adam Millard is a good example of why people shouldn't take shortcuts at night.

Detour by Bennie L. Newsome serves as a warning to tailgaters, and one of my favorites.

A Twisted Garden by Joe DiBuduo & Kate Robinson was another story with supernatural elements, and little action. I suppose, since I didn’t like this one as much as the other stories in the anthology, I’m going to be buried in a garden one day. ;)

All Things Being Equal by Ian Brazee-Cannon was mostly a drawn out flashback from an asylum patient, with a fantastic build-up of suspense...very nicely done.

Red Badge by John Lemut is another story with more than one bad guy; one of the bad guys is a hitman who brags to the wrong guy.

Feeding The Hunger by Suzanne Robb featured a spectacular battle of the wills between a victim and her captor.

Dear Susan by Holly Day describes one man’s porn addiction fueling his obsession with a woman that he wants to impress.

Rat Man by Nicholas Conley was a disturbing story – one of my favorites in the anthology – but, the bad guy was simply not that bad, and I suspect that most readers will feel sorry for the main character, rather than his victims.

Eighteen by Joseph Schwartzy is told by a golfer reminiscing about his killing streak; it was also another story with a sympathetic bad guy who isn’t anywhere as evil as the bad guys in all the previous stories.

Throughout the anthology are stories that speak to the question, "What does it mean to be a bad guy?" The answers provided by the various authors are diverse, chilling, and will have you looking over your shoulder wherever you are.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Chantal Boudreau reviewed on on July 11, 2011

I have to excuse myself here because one of the stories in this anthology is mine – I won’t be reviewing my own work. But I was very excited to read this. I love two types of horror: horror mixed with hefty doses of dark humour and then seriously dark, dark horror. This anthology screamed an offering of the latter from the get-go; the intro supported this.

Chinked – by Aaron Garrison – This story immediately brought to mind “A Clockwork Orange” with disturbing but vivid imagery containing a great deal of contrast and focus on the senses.

30 Minutes or Less - by Matthew Williamson – I think fans of the “Dexter” series would enjoy this story. I especially liked its rather unpredictable ending.

Abraham of Harlon – by Harley Pitts – Who exactly is the bad guy here? Eventually, you’ll figure it out. An interesting story within a story.

The Caged Doll – by Adam Millard – A tale having a touch of “Saw” flavour, but with a surprising twist.

Candy Apple Red – by Rebecca Snow – An eerily fun story. It taps into some potent childhood fears and you are almost rooting for the bad guy here.

Detour – by Bennie L. Newsome – Great writing! For a newcomer, Bennie displays a lot of talent. I kept envisioning one of those classic slasher films as I read.

A Twisted Garden – by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson – Historical horror with a new spin on a complex artist. I was intrigued the way the writers tied the painting to the story.

All Things Being Equal – by Ian Brazee-Cannon – A super creepy story. Evil truly has a voice in this one.

Red Badge – by John Lemut – I’m a big fan of Stephen Crane, but I found some of the sentences ran a little long, something I’m guilty of at times, and I had to reread segments as a result. If you like mob and military references, you should enjoy this.

Feeding The Hunger – by Suzanne Robb – This one really had the gore/ooky factor, and my skin was crawling by the end of the story.

Dear Susan – by Holly Day – A stalker tale with erotic elements. I think it really captured that feeling of a man trapped by his obsession and out of control because of it.

Rat Man – by Nicholas Conley – All I can say is ewwww. This story was exceptionally disturbing.

Eighteen – by Joseph Schwartz – This fella was as hateful as they get, but I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the end of the story.

This was a wonderful compilation of “nasty” stories, with a surprising amount of variety despite the common theme. It gets a big thumbs up from me.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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