Sunday, October 19, 2014

State of Horror- Illinois edition

Originally I got this solely because a gamer friend of mine had an entry in it, then I actually sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover (can you really call it cover to cover when you use a Kindle?)

Ok, so here we go:

Out Come The Wolves: Claire C Reily presents us a story where a sociopath joins a group of survivors in a zombie filled land. While I liked the idea of this story, I have to admit the twist seemed a little forced. Not to mention if Artie truly saw Michael for what he was, why did he turn his back on him while armed?

Ritter House: A. Lopez, Jr. presents to us a research project that winds up going horribly wrong. An author goes after an experience for his next novel and winds up in something out of Hitchcock. He takes the advice, he gets out of the house, but the house had some pretty tenacious evil.

Chicago Mike: Della West provides a cliched look into a serial killer hiding in plain sight. Sorry, didn't enjoy this story. I liked the tidbits of history about the area, but that's about it.

The Ghosts of Morse: Julianne Snow gives a modern version on an old fashioned ghost story involving a train. Partying teenagers hear a noise and the "brave" vanish forever while the "cowards" are left to find what remains. I wonder what the trade in value of that field was?

Drowning in the Hazel: Eli Constant gives a story in the tune of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." A woman goes on a diving trip and while her groups thinks she disappeared, what really happened wasn't much better. Was it the earrings? We may never know.

In Chicago, The Dish is So Deep, No One Can Hear You Scream: Frank J. Edler presents a funny little story about what happens to a ghost show host who freely admits he's a con artist. On a recommendation, he travels to a little Italian joint where he has an experience and meets a pizza.

Chicago Blues: Stuart Conover presents one man's perspective of the opening days of the zombie apocalypse. While our hero makes a decision, he also teaches us that when trouble goes down- please raid the modern art wing of a museum for weapons.

My Porcelain Monster: Eric I. Dean shows what happens when your fear might be a little bit more than just in your mind. The story leads us through the main character's life and how this one bathroom changed him. The way he solved his fear was expensive, yet satisfying.

Piasa Remains: Herika R. Raymer reminds us that f*@^ing with ancient beliefs is never a good idea. It's also the quickest way to ruin a vacation......and an RV.........

Vishnu Springs: D.J Tyrer provides a ghost story about a deserted town that has quite a history to it. Follow the lady in the black dress, avoid caves and hope that when you start your car, you don't hear carousel music. Death traps can now be found via GPS. Awesome.

Dying Days: Great Mistakes: Armand Rosamilia shows his version of the opening days of the zombie apocalypse on a naval base. A soldier going AWOL learns that maybe he should have followed the rules and gotten on the bus instead of sticking around and seeing the alternative.

What's Eating the Mob: P. David Puffinburger shows us Gangland Chicago with some intelligent undead thrown into the mix. Buyer beware of the end result of this theft. And revenge. Lots and lots of revenge.

Seek No Longer the Beloved: Jay Seate gives a story about a love that will not die thanks to a lingering legend via family stories. What happens when you try to get to the bottom of a legend? Haunted homes, grave robbing and an ending that leaves you craving more.

All in all a great anthology of stories with plenty of hits and a few misses. As always anything I say is my opinion and I'm not getting anything out of posting this.....except maybe getting a few more people to download a copy.......

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review! Thanks! -Eric I. Dean