Tag: short stories

Why I’m Afraid of the Dark

Why I’m Afraid of the Dark
Author: J.T. Withelder
Published: October 12, 20198

147 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Discover J.T. Withelder’s first collection of five unforgettable novellas that explore the darkest depths of his brilliant yet twisted imagination.

Featured in this anthology:

  • Stevie, a violent reimagining of the childhood trauma of the monster under your bed.
  • Magic Eight blends the believable with the unbelievable when a father discovers a clairvoyant toy amongst his children’s belongings.
  • Man’s Best Friend brings you heroism trapped in a nightmare where the forces of good and evil do battle in the most unexpected of places.
  • Guardian entangles you with the unspeakable horrors that emerge from the closet.
  • Finally, in Perfect, a bond forged by years of matrimony is irrevocably shattered when a husband makes a chance discovery leading to the horrifying implications that his life may not be what it seems.

These stories will question your resolve to sleep without a night light!

Kim’s Review:

I love scary stories! Now that I’ve admitted that to myself, they just seem to gravitate to me. I saw this cover and I wanted it. Unfortunately, only one of these stories was about the dark. I enjoyed three out of the four stories so I enjoyed the book. . . . it just didn’t give me what I wanted. I recommend it to anyone looking for simple, creepy stories. I read it in about an hour; it was easy and fun. But I wanted stories about the dark and I didn’t get that. I did like how Withelder tied everything together by the end. It was interesting that he had a bigger picture in his head.

Overall, I would have given it 4 stars if the stories had actually been about the dark. It really annoyed me so I docked a star. But the stories were engaging and spooky.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 26, 2017
281 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Kim’s Review:

I love the Grishaverse so so much! Ever since I read Six of Crows, I’ve been obsessed. And even beyond that, there isn’t a book Bardugo has written that I don’t like. Language of Thorns is definitely one of my favorites. It’s imaginative and engaging and I have no doubt that these stories are true. They’re all in true Grishaverse form. Dark, rich, cultural . . . And the artwork is spectacular! The more I read, the more I wanted to learn about each of the countries that the stories came from. Bardugo sure better keep writing cuz there’s not nearly enough out there! I would even say these are the kind of fairy tales that I would read to a kid to get them interested in reading. I have no criticisms of any kind and would recommend these stories to any and everybody.

My review of Six of Crows Duology is here.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

 

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It’s Time For Some Poe!

Today Kim shares with us some mini-reviews of a few of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. She also does a video film comparison of a movie based off one of his short stories!

Today she reviews:
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Masque of the Red Death
Some Account of Stonehenge, The Giant’s Dance
The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

The Tell-Tale Heart
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a “vulture eye”. The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man’s heart is still beating under the floorboards.

Kim’s Review:

Such a great look at guilt! Once the murder is committed, the narrator is nearly driven mad by his own guilt, manifesting in the loud beating heart under the floorboards! And then, like icing on cake, he throws in some hubris! The narrator has it all under control, until the cops show up and then he literally gives himself away! Excellent short story that everyone should read!

 

The Masque of the Red Death   
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

A short story by Edgar Allan Poe about a wealthy prince who hides out at a masquerade ball with other wealthy nobles in order to avoid the plague known as “Red Death.”

Kim’s Review:
A classic tale of hubris and irony! Also one of those stories that teachers love to dissect and analyze. I remember reading it back in school and trying to figure out the meaning behind all the colors of the rooms … I still don’t know, but I don’t think I’m missing much! However this is a chilling tale that has crazy imagery that gives me goosebumps! You can’t run from death, so don’t even try!

 

Some Account of Stonehenge, The Giant’s Dance 
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

An informative article about the possible origins and functions of Stonehenge.

Kim’s Review:
Poe wrote a historical article about Stonehenge and I found it fascinating! This piece is far from his normal dark fiction, but it is well done and informative. He sticks with facts and we’ll documented speculation from respected historians and ancient writings. My one issue is in his introduction, which is where a writer’s creativity belongs in a work of non-fiction. And I will admit it’s just my personal preference based on my own experience with Stonehenge. I went to Stonehenge with very low expectations, very much like Poe’s view. However, I left with a sense of wonder! There’s something so ancient and magical about Stonehenge and I’m left wondering if Poe had actually been to or seen Stonehenge. But, he didn’t let this color his facts in anyway and gave an impartial view. Very good article!

 

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether        
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether is a dark comedy short story by the American author Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows an unnamed narrator who visits a mental institution in southern France known for a revolutionary new method of treating mental illnesses called the “system of soothing”. A companion with whom he is travelling knows Monsieur Maillard, the originator of the system, and makes introductions before leaving the narrator. The narrator is shocked to learn that the “system of soothing” has recently been abandoned. He questions this, as he has heard of its success and popularity, but Maillard tells him to “believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see”.

Kim’s Review:
Such a simple tale, yet so effective!! Poe in his typical dark style, tells a story of an asylum where a different sort of treatment is used. One of acceptance and comfort. Pretty unheard of for this time so naturally I’m curious and reveling in the setting!! For such a short story, the twist is nuts … pardon the pun! It’s an amazing story that shows Poe’s genius! It’s easy to read and quick to get through! I absolutely recommend it to everyone!

 

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stonehearst Asylum starring Kate Beckinsale and Ben Kingsley Movie Comparison:

Purchase Link:
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
(Barnes & Noble Collectible Edition)

 

 

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