Sunday, May 8, 2011

Review of "13 Horror Stories" by John McDonnell

Summary:
13 stories that will make a chill run down your spine and stand your hair on end. It's horror that makes you think, horror with a surprise ending, horror that keeps you up at night. These are tales of revenge, of betrayal, of the power of love (or is it hate?) to overcome even Time and Space. Short and not-so-sweet, these stories will stick with you long after you finish reading them.

Review:
McDonnell’s flash fiction style is perfectly suited to the good, old fashioned horror stories presented in this collection. From ghosts to time travel, monsters in the basement and wives bent on revenge, the variety McDonnell presents keeps the reader guessing. Of particular enjoyment to this reviewer were Conclusions and The Beauty Part. Some of the dialogue is stilted, and the stories mostly fall back on classic horror themes, but the collection is undeniably entertaining. The author uses humor as well as suspense and stays away from the explitive-lace, gore infused style of many modern horror writers, keeping the collection a refreshing PG-13 at most. Those who enjoy classic episodes of the Twilight Zone and campfire ghost stories will certainly appreciate McDonnell’s collection.

3.5/5 stars
Reviewed by Aubrey Bennet

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like my kind of stories!

    Shana Hammaker

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  2. I think you would like this one, Shana. I've read it as well. It's a collection of flash fiction rather than short stories. Has a pulp fiction feel to it. Quite fun.

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