Melissa L. Webb is a writer, dreamer, thinker, and seeker. She currently lives in Northern California with her dog, Buffy.
on Sep. 18, 2013 :
Please note that with one exception, this is a Flash Fiction collection. In other words they're all ultra-short short stories.
Flash fiction is pretty hard to do, but Ms Webb is up to the challenge. This is a very mixed bag of stories, but there's something for everyone. My personal favourites are His Dark Ink (a very plausible explanation for a trend I've never understood) and Domestic Disturbance (so banal it creeped me the heck out *after* I read it).
(review of free book)
on April 23, 2012 :
Rod Serling eat your heart out! Excellent set of decently disturbing horror stories. Would have fit in an Twilight Zone, The Darkside, or Tales from the crypt episode. Well done and nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on March 26, 2012 :
Restless Highways is a short book of short stories. Like most short story compilations, some of the stories are more detailed (or just plain better) than some of the others. However, I do agree with many of the other reviewers that this would be a great campfire story book! One critical comment: I used to love going to garage sales; now, I may never go to another one as long as I live! At least, not unless there are a lot of other folks around! That was my favorite story in the book, and it's worth getting just for that one, in my opinion.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Nov. 29, 2011 :
An interesting anthology of stories that range from fearsome to simple tales of life. While covering an incredible amount of topics this book still manages to fit together with not a single tale seeming to not belong.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I found this collection of stories somewhat disappointing. Almost every story held a lot of promise, but each one left off at the point when something could have been made of it. It could be just that the style (flash fiction) does not suit my tastes.
It is not that I wanted a resolution to each story--in the horror genre that is not only not always possible, but not always desirable. But each story feels like it was stopped too soon. They are story ideas, almost, not full stories unto themselves, flash-fiction or no.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
on Sep. 29, 2011 :
Restless Highways is a little scary. I made the mistake at starting at 12:30am Home alone. after the first four stories I had to stop and read something lighter.
One story is about a romance writer who starts to get a idea for a slasher type book and starts writing late at night than realizing what she is writing tears it up and slasher guy comes and murder her because she did not write his story.
a couple goes to garage sale out in the country down a driveway loaded with sale items but no cars or people around. finally owners come out and try to get male to go with him out back to see old cars. Then gets the couple to see stuff inside as they go they shut garage doors. the couple feel uneasy.
also a short story that is a prelude to longer book about a guy who has been wandering for 500 years. His wife keeps being reborn different times but God of death wants her. He protects her now she is reborn again. Good be a good book to read in the future.
I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
on Sep. 04, 2011 :
Melissa Webb has put together a cluster of thrilling stories, ranging from suspenseful to horrifying. As a compilation, I felt that some of the stories were short and sweet, with potential to develop into something more. There were other stories, however, I felt were incomplete and lacking in maintaining the reader's attention. Out of all the tales, I liked the unexpected twist-ending of "You Never Know What You'll Find," which I also felt had the most developed characters. I also found "The Message," like several other stories to have a nice touch of dark humor. Finally, I thought that "Forever" was a nice juxtaposition to all the fantasy vampire tales out there these days.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Sep. 03, 2011 :
This author is very talented and has a unique writing style. Her stories are short but sweet. She is very descriptive and her stories are very captivating. They have deeper messages if you look below the surface. I really wish that some of the stories were longer and went a little more in depth. Overall I loved the majority of the stories, and found the plots and twists rewarding. I am now a fan. However, a few left me saying "what was that all about?" or "Was this a teaser for a longer story or book coming out later?". My least favorites were His Dark Ink, "Fair Warning", "Cockroaches and Peeps" and "Intrusion". My favorites which really freaked me out were "The Message" and "Forever". "What the Fates Decide" was a real cool interpretation of the game of life, and good vs evil. "The Black Keys" and "The Hands of Time" could easily be a script for "The Twighlight Zone". I really like the twist in the story "You Never Know What You Will Find" and the good feelings that I felt when I read "Where We Belong". I really wanted to go there myself! I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Aug. 31, 2011 :
I’m not exactly sure what this book is meant to be. It appeared at first glance to be a collection of short stories. However, on reading the very short excerpts they appear to be more like introductions to longer stories, but nothing is mentioned about that being the case. As short stories, I would say that they are incomplete and come across more like ideas for actual stories since they only seem to provide part of a picture.
The writing is good, however, and there are some excellent ideas which I would love to see developed into full stories, but as they stand they are not full or complete enough for me to really enjoy.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading Restless Highways.Ms.Webb knows how to draw you in and leaves you with wanting to read more.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 15, 2011 :
Restless Highways, by Melissa L. Webb, is a collection of dark, angry, creepy, scary stories--in other words--it's a hit! Many short story collections are written for one, specific audience. Ms. Webb's collection appeals to both adults and young adults. The suspense that she creates in each story is developed so quickly that when the story suddenly ends, it is as though she has slammed her reader into a brick wall, only to have him rub his head unsure of what has just happened! And then, it comes to the reader that there is more to each story--more that Webb requires the reader to bring to the story. Not only are these ghastly stories good for camp fires and Halloween, but they can also be used in a high school classroom. Ms. Webb accomplishes what she sets out to do--tell a good story or two. She also accomplishes what she may not have anticipated--she requires her readers to think and participate in her stories. Brava!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Great short stories! As promised perfect for “around the campfire”!!! They grabbed you… pulled you in… freaked you out… then left you alone to deal with the consequences! It works! But some just really made me feel more… want more! Which is probably the point, but these are a couple I would LOVE to hear more about=
Arrival: with the cage in the lot… perfect beginning… would LOVE the rest!
Fair Warning: the girl that ‘knows’ things about the town… why, how and what else does she know?? What happens next or what came before??
I also can’t wait to get and read Weaver of Darkness now that I’ve read the Black Days and White Knights short!!!
Fun collection of shorts that make you think a little too much of what may be in the dark, or wonder who, or what, is really making that noise!?!?
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)