This book found me rather than I found it. At first, judging the book by it’s cover I thought it may be rather low quality and it was free on amazon unlimited. On closer inspection, I noticed stories by Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker. Ramsay Campbell and Paul Tremblay also feature. This convinced me I needed to give this book a read. I have reviewed a number of horror short story compilations on this blog, this book has to be my favourite. The stories are very strong indeed with established writers. Some of the stories have the ability to worm their way into your head and stay with you. This is the mark of an excellent horror story if it lives on in your brain. Many of the stories are dark and the subject matter uncomfortable, right from the start. These aren’t stories for the fainthearted. Right from the word go, this compilation does not pull any punches. It veers between the horror of human nature and supernatural horror.
Picking Splinters from a Sex Slave by Brian Kirk is in turns tragic and horrific as a father deals with the return of his daughter years after her abduction.
Water My Bones by Mercedes M Yardley is a strange tale of two people drawn together. It’s a story of self harm and murder.
Coming to Grief by Clive Barker has a slow build of horror, you know something is slowly stalking you but can you escape and is it real in the adult world?
A Haunted House is a Wheel upon Which some are Broken by Paul Tremblay was a surprise entry. I was not expecting the choose your adventure format. It was a pleasantly unusual storytelling method in this genre.
There are many, many more stories, all are excellent in different ways. The artwork is worth checking out as well, haunting and beautiful.
I would definitely rate it a 5/5.