I was lucky to attend a reading C.W. Lasart did at the World Horror Convention 2012 in Salt Lake City of "The Hand That Feeds" and was so impressed with the reading, bought the book afterward. In "The Hand That Feeds" kids beg their dad to tell them a story. It's not just any story, it's a twisted tale, about when the dad was a prison guard and had to deal with a very special inmate. Right away the author painted a picture as she read. Vivid description, and a situation we can all relate to (that of being told a bedtime story). When the bedtime story turned dark, the kids only wanted more. After a little begging, the dad gives in, as they usually do. This is when the truly chilling tale is told. I quickly read the other 12 stories in the book with my favorite being "Simple Pleasures," about a man who discovers something in his yard, something ghastly, yet something he can't keep away from. Primal needs battle with the complex psyche of an emotionally scarred simple man.
Highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys horror shorts.