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Love and loss are the two prevailing themes in this 93,000-word short story collection, featuring 19 of the author’s tales—five of which are original to this collection:


"When Fat Men Love Thin Women" "The Death Artist" "The Uncertainty Principle" "Monster" "The Love Clinic"
The rest of the stories appeared in such publications as On Spec, TransVersions, Prairie Fire, Northe...more
ebook, 312 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by ChiZine (first published December 23rd 2008)
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karen
i guess i am someone who reads short stories. it's what i do now. so, to celebrate the short, i am going to make this review a series of pithy one-sentence... summaries? commentaries? of/on each story. this is not me being lazy; it is actually quite difficult. especially with stories like these, which frequently have little twists in them that i want to avoid destroying. so some of these sentences might even be misleading, a little. who knows, i haven't written it yet. come with me on my tiny jo...more
Charity (CJ)
A friend bought this for me, I think because of the hours we devoted in our misspent youth to discussing horror films. Since having kids, I'm not as enthusiastic about horror as I once was (I seem to be more easily scared than I used to be), but I still enjoy the genre and the tingle of being frightened every once in a while. And I was pleased to find that Boyczuk isn't going for the easy scare with the stories in this collection. The stories touch on very basic and universal human issues (which...more
Mike
Jun 06, 2009 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror lovers, short fiction fans
Shelves: horror
Wonderful set of stories. A mix of classic horror stories (monsters, supernatural beings, serial killers), sci-fi (with a thriller/horror twist), and just some great thrillers.

As the back cover says, the primary themes of the stories are love and loss. Many of them go in directions you don't expect, and it keeps you guessing what the next story is going to bring. There are so many rehashes of the same old themes in modern literature, especially in the horror genre, that this book was wonderfull...more
Ariana
I was disappointed with the stories I read in this collection. There were some stories that were good, some that had potential, and others that were boring or confusing.

Confusion was something I felt often when reading some of these stories, and I feel like it may have been more to do with what it tried to accomplish more than what I didn't understand. I didn't get anything out of most of the stories, and I didn't like the confusion; if I didn't understand it would be my own fault, but some sto...more
Daniella
I picked this up at Ad-Astra, with slight hesitation on my part as I'm very easily scared and that fear generally lingers for ages. I delved into this collection of short stories expecting classic horror and that sure isn't what I got. These stories feature a fear that slowly insinuates itself into your thoughts, grows, and refuses to leave. They all seem to deal with love and/or obsession in some form, and quite a few of them feature the supernatural or have a sci-fi setting. There were times w...more
Corey
A collection that calls itself Horror Story better have at least one damn good horror story, lest you think it a parody of the genre such as Scary Movie. Plus, it better be better than Scary Movie. No problem here: Robert Boyczuk (whose novels Nexus: Ascension and The Book of Thomas prove him a master of both the short and long form) has put together a collection that rivets you to your seat even as it pulls the rug out from under you. “Cure for Cancer” is a nightmare of twisted love, and “Query...more
Pat Gracey
While the writing is good, I think this falls short as horror. It seems to be a postmodern trend to call a thing by which it is not. His use of the word "Horror" reminds me of the way Peter Carey uses the word "true" in The True History of the Kelly Gang. I can see it but it's disappointing. Yes, if you think about it enough, there is an element of the horrific in terms of what it says about our lives, but if you want actual horror, look elsewhere. Great cover though. I'd buy it all over again j...more
Allison
It's better than three stars, but that would mean I really liked it, and I admired it more than I liked it. It's very subtle, off-kilter horror rather than in-your-face horror, which I appreciate, but a lot of it is just too abstruse for me. Also, the typesetting of the story titles couples with the lack of finality in the endings made it hard to tell when a new story was beginning. When it's good it's very very good. When it's bad it feels like it's trying too hard to be sophisticated.
Janet
This is an odd collection of short stories. Not exactly what I call horror, this collection was definitely on the creepy side. Lots of sci-fi elements. I liked it.
Manny Arocho
Excellent short stories!
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Horror Story and Other Horror Stories
Robert Boyczuk is a supremely talented short-story writer.
–Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing

"Boyczuk's memorable debut offers 19 horror stories that accentuate the emotional-and often horrid - upheavals men and women suffer from while searching for love....Boyczuk's stories are uniformly excellent...."
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