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Published (first published June 12th 2011)
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Denna
As with most anthologies, I found stories I loved in “Playing With Fire” and some I didn’t care so much for. But even the ones that didn’t grab and hold me spellbound were still good stories. Though I found most of these to be well written artistically, there were a few problems with editing—commas missing, awkward wording, details that could have used the hand of a good copy editor. Most places only caused a momentary blip in my reading, but would have been so much better without. Still, even w...more
Katy
Jun 23, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katy by: Coral Russell
Shelves: ebook
Please Note: I have heard the latest edition of this book does not have all these stories. My review, done in March of 2012, is of the original, multi-author edition. It is my understanding that the latest edition includes only Coral Russell's stories. So please be aware of that when reading this review.

My Thoughts: Susan Evelyn - Best Served – a tale of revenge – justice or vengeance?
Robynn Gabel - Widows of the Night – will give you a whole new impression of spiders!
Nomar Knight Bitten...more
kimyunalesca
I love horror stories though I'm a number one scaredy cat it took all my guts just to finished reading Playing with Fire.These stories has a shake,rattle and roll concept for me.Shake meaning the first couple of stories is spine chilling and would make your senses numb with horror.Rattle, is nerve racking! that will make you scream,breathless,gasp and say RUN!GET OUT!DON'T GO THERE! as you read through the pages.Oh and Roll,is the panic mode you don't know which way to go,you're obviously helple...more
S0rcy
I found this particular anthology to be very innovative. A few of the stories really did send chills down my back, especially Widows of the Night by Robyn Gabel which involves an abused child who is forced to deal with her own situation in a completely innocent fashion that results in a chilling end.
And for those that look for the gory side of horror, "Flawed" by Brian Fatah Steele is really something to sink your teeth into. This is all about one families personal skeletons that come marching...more
S0rcy
I found this particular anthology to be very innovative. A few of the stories really did send chills down my back, especially Widows of the Night by Robyn Gabel which involves an abused child who is forced to deal with her own situation in a completely innocent fashion that results in a chilling end.
And for those that look for the gory side of horror, "Flawed" by Brian Fatah Steele is really something to sink your teeth into. This is all about one families personal skeletons that come marching...more
Doug Lamoreux
Playing with Fire, Anthology of Horror, Vol. 1, features nine short stories (three threatening to be novellas) by seven authors.
Best Served by Susan Evelyn, is a small scale revenge story that convinces itself it's a tale of justice. What it isn't is a horror story. It's nicely written, but is a fantasy hiding in the wrong anthology.
Things pick up with Widows of the Night, a child's revenge tale by Robynn Gabel, which is absolutely for horror fans. I liked it.
Bitten by Nomar Knight is a very un...more
Lainy
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Scare easily? Are you often frightened out of your sleep? Does the mere mention of ghosts prickle your skin?

These seven authors imaginations are fired up by the scariness of the unknown.

Find a comfy spot, sit back and enjoy nine tales to tickle your taste for terror.

Susan Evelyn - Best Served

Revenge is sweet they say. But is Anna going to be able to hold the right ones accountable?

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Robynn Gabel - Widows of the Night

Step inside a child's world that is filled with mon...more
Brenda Wallace
This anthology reminded me how much I enjoy reading scary short stories and I was grateful to be introduced to all these talented authors. Every reader will have their favorites, but the first story that grabbed me was Widows of the Night by Robyn Gabel. I rooted for the abused little girl and was happy when she found the perfect key to escaping her abuse. I was pulled into and enjoyed the story Devil of a Ghost Tour penned by Coral Russell, but this author’s tale Key to a Haunting totally capti...more
Connie Suttle
This book is an engaging, thought-provoking collection of horror stories, giving the reader a virtual smorgasbord of frightening characters and events. From a house that consumes its inhabitants to ghosts, zombies and black magic, this book has it all.

As with every collection I've read, I have my personal favorites. Two short stories in this collection I wouldn't mind reading as full-length novels, their plots and characters were so strong. Chryse Wymer's This Dark Magic and Cav Laster's Playin...more
Jessica Buike
This anthology of scary stories is like picking several horror movies at random from the video store - some of the stories are true masterpieces of scary, while others leave much to be desired. The few so-so stories included in this anthology are easily eclipsed by the better stories, making it a worthwhile read overall. The better stories are sure to make your skin crawl and force you to look over your shoulder in paranoia!
Deb Novack
I found this book to be one best I have read in a while, I could not put it down until I had finished it. Coral Russell's stories I thought were the best they just seemed to flow into one and another. I definitely would read more books written by her.
Laurie
Nine horror stories are presented in this anthology, two of them excerpts from novels to come. They range from human horror to ghost hunters, from fantasy to science gone wrong, from a house that’s haunted in a very different way to witchcraft, and one that I never figured out if it was a werewolf or a zombie story. The scary factor will vary according to what the reader’s particular psychological makeup is like; for me, none were creepy crawly but all were well written. The ghost hunter stories...more
Katy Bennett
For me, the stories in this horror anthology that I really enjoyed were:
Coral Russell's Devil of a Ghost Tour which had some genuinely creepy moments.

Brian Fatah Steele's Flawed and The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made of, both were quirky and unusual.

Chryse Wymer's This Dark Magic, a fun story of black magic with a well developed character.

Overall, all the stories are vastly different from each but the others didn't do it for me
Wayne
There were some great shorts in this collection of horror/supernatural thrillers. There were also some excerpts of larger novels which I was not expecting when I grabbed this Kindle title from a daily deal. I enjoyed some of the shorts. I'm not sure if any of the excerpts have convinced me to pursue finishing the books. All in all, an entertaining read to fulfill my Halloween inspired need to read some horror.
Elizabeth
Nice anthology of horror stories more in line with Lovecraft than King or Koontz style horror. Very readable if you like short stories and wasn't a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
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