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Four Corners Dark

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A compendium of four grim, terror-inducing tales, Four Corners Dark is like disturbing a long-hidden tomb. You know what you’ll find has been hidden away for years and will be horrible, but you can’t stop yourself. Human curiosity demands you step into the darkness—even though you may never reemerge.

William McNally offers up four distinct pools of darkness, each with its o...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 12th 2012
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Engine 18 is a five-chapter story with an abrupt ending. A large group of people, among them a young woman Anna Sanchez, are on their way from Mexico to the USA. Illegally. They meet with Omar, a sinister man, and he leads them to a train depot to wait for the train to take them closer to their goal. The story is in the thirds person, but it follows Anna. She has a gun,which she already used at least once in the past, so she is not quite an innocent. From the first paragraph, where the women ar...more
“Four Corners Dark” by William McNally is a collection of short stories that could not be better named. There are four stories in the book, and they each are dark, somewhat depressing, certainly melancholy tales. At the same time, they are extremely well-crafted stories. They are so good individually that I feel compelled to say something about each one.

First up is “Engine 18”, a gripping narrative about a “coyote” helping smuggle desperate people across the border into the U.S. The story has d...more
I love the art of short stories. It takes some crafting to be able to deliver in so few words. This collection has four stories that do deliver. I’m going to give just a little about each story because when you are dealing with short stories saying even a little can ruin the fun and I never want to do that.

Engine Eighteen managed to be both creepy and heartbreaking. I was surprised by how quickly I made a connection with Anna and Rosa.

Return to Nowhere was very neat. I loved the way each time...more
While I wasn't impressed by the first 2 stories in this collection (Engine 18 and Return to Nowhere), the good times started with The Raven Mocker, a creepy story of witches and haunted forests, and continued with The Spinning Wheel, the story of a man's choice between a better life for himself or a better life for his son.

One little note- commas were often left out in dialogue in The Raven Mocker ("Hey welcome home", "Abby wait here", etc.) and it may distract you somewhat from the storyline.
This book contains three short stories and a novella.

The short stories read like episodes of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Each is built around a clever and fantastic premise worthy of Rod Serling's attention. Unfortunately, the writing in the short stories is just too fast-paced. In each, the premise isn't allowed to develop to its full potential. I came away from each short story thinking that the idea had been great, but the story itself had left me somewhat disappointed.

The novella...more
This book is a collection of four short stories. The stories are well written and fun to read. They are not scary, just dark with a little twist. I liked "The Spinning Wheel" best because it is a touching story about a father and son.

I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
It was not horror at all. The four stories were really fast paced and I found it hard to get into the plot. The characters were a bit plain, nothing really stood up about them, nothing made them unique. I think, if the plot of the stories had being worked better, it could have being good.
The stories were intriguing, very original. I liked the book.
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I really only liked the last 2 and only the third really fell into the horror category since I really wish I hadn't wasted my time on the first 2 stories. The Raven Mocker was suspenseful since it was so unpredictable in certain ways. There were times when I thought no one was going to make it out alive but I enjoyed the twists; they kept me thinking. The last story was a little strange, especially for one character, but was more of a sweet story with strange happenings. I really just don't see...more
Auden Johnson
I've owned Four Corners Dark for a while. I needed my horror fix, so I picked up this one. It's a collection of four stories. I still judge a book by the cover and I love this cover. It's simple yet chilling.

It's been a while since I read a straight horror book. I'd forgotten most horror stories, especially short ones, are a bit obscure. For the most part, I enjoyed the stories. They're a fast read. Maybe too fast. I was so into them that I rushed through them. When I reached the end, I felt l...more
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Wow where to start. This book is Very well written and jus shocked me in so many ways. I was soo hooked into the book by the second short story that i couldnt put it down till i finished "The Raven Mocker". The first story kinda caught me by surprise in a sense that i kept wondering what i just read. After i finished "Engine Eighteen" I had to take a moment to realize what just happened, And wow it really left me speechless. By "Return to Nowhere" I was hooked. I liked how crazy the story was. I...more
Manish Mahajan
Truly enjoyed reading Four Corners Dark.
The cover of the book is just AMAZING. one of the best ones I have seen since a long time.
Of all the stories obviously the anchor story, which is a novella, "The Raven Mocker" is very good. I wish the author had made it into a full length novel as the plot is brilliant. Of all the four dark corners in this book, I must say I found the Raven Mocker the darkest and quite scary. The plot is gripping and the author has weaved several supernatural concepts in...more
Daniel Clark
This was a dive back into the macabre for me. I haven't read anything in this genre for a while and it was fun! It reminded me of Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. The book is a collection of four short stories and they are full of either action and gore or intrigue and suspense.

Rating: PG-13 for violence
I was given a complimentary copy for review.
Four Corners Dark contains 4 short stories and most definitely saves the best for last. If able to rate them separately I would have given 5 stars to the last story "The Spinning Wheel" Which reminded me of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This way Comes complete with mysterious carnival. It was my favorite.
The first 2 stories Engine Eighteen and Return to Nowhere were just ok. I felt that the endings could have been better resolved. The third story The...more
Philip McClimon
This is a collection of four short stories. My order of preference is, Return to Nowhere, The Spinning Wheel, Engine 18, then The Raven Mocker. If I had to pick an age group that this might fit with, I would say Young Adult or Late Adolescent. The stories are well thought out, but do not have the hard edge of Adult Horror. The stories vary in tone from something like the twilight zone with Return to Nowhere and The Spinning Wheel to A Dresden files thing with the Raven Mocker. Engine 18 is the s...more
This was an excellent collection of 4 horror and suspense stories. Although I enjoyed them all, The Spinning Wheel was my favorite. It was the one that will stay in my mind the longest.
Isabella Ellis
A good little gem of a short horror story collection. A couple of the endings could have used some fleshing out, but the plots themselves were top notch.
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I need this book. The first story sounds boring but the others sound good.
A small collection of scary short stories that are well written.
Nice little Horror collection!
Itsatushy Garland
really good and creepy.
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William McNally has always felt drawn to dark and thought-provoking stories, an interest which heavily influenced his first two books, Four Corners Dark and Beyond the Veil. A visit to an eerie motorcycle shop in the middle of nowhere inspired The Knights of Moonshine. Surrounded by a veritable museum of odd pieces of motorized history, William wondered about the shop's customers and the secrets t...more
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