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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Short Scares (Short Story Collection) - A collection of 19 short stories. Its a collection of murders, vampires, monsters, ghosts and worst of all spiders. A collection of stories where nothing is what it should be, where all the worst things imaginable can and do happen to the most ordinary of people.

Are you one of those people?
Paperback, Second edition, 171 pages
Published February 2012 by Lulu (first published December 1st 2011)
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I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway--but I'd like to give it back.

I made it halfway through the book, forcing myself after the first 2-3 stories, before tossing it in the thrift store donation box. Let someone else struggle through it--I just can't.

The stories read as if someone took urban legends and massacred them; or as if the author pulled story lines from grade B movies and "dumbed" them down. There was nothing scary about any of the stories, unless maybe it was the sentence structure a
It was clear that this was a self-published book. I forced myself to read this because I won it through Goodreads giveaways. Grammatical errors were rampant, but worse was that the stories were simple and not developed in any way. The characters, too, were one-dimensional. The writings reminded me of what I might read from a high school, or even middle school, creative writing class. Scary? No. Ridiculous? Yes.
Paul Barron
This was an easy enjoyable read the author's voice ensured that the stories flowed well.

I liked the theme of the unusual happening to everyday people going about their daily business. For example getting on a bus,going to school or getting on a bus.

I think this had more impact due to the events occurring in an urban environment as opposed to a mythical world.

Great book for dipping in and out of.
Gillian Chapman
Excellent first book from Bryan. As his wife I am probably slightly biased. Some of the stories have stayed with me and play over in your mind. I have had sneak previews of his upcoming works and his stories only get better.
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