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Fully Loaded Thrillers: The Complete and Collected Stories of Blake Crouch

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  474 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
From the Foreword by J.A. Konrath: "Crouch is one of the best thriller short story writers I know. He uses words like an artist uses a paintbrush; to hurt, to stun, to shock, to provoke, to touch. This collection also features my very favorite short story of all time. Not just my favorite by Crouch, but the best one I've ever read by anyone. It's called "Unconditional." It ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 7th 2011)
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Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
All of these Novellas were wayyy too short! but only because I wanted them to keep going! they were all too good to only be novellas. They were each different and powerful in their own way! Blake Crouch is incredibly talented! And I am going to read everything he ever and is going to write! Huge fan!

If I had to pick one as my favourite it would be "Serial". it was so gruesome it made me flinch. I literally closed my eyes, puckered my nose, shook my head to try and get the image out of my mind a
Jenni DaVinCat
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was a fun audiobook for me. Each story was just long enough, with the exception of one, that it filled my commute with an entire story. As the title suggests, they definitely had their fair share of thrills. Crouch got me a few times. I kept thinking that I had every idea as to the direction the story was taking, only to be completely wrong. I'm usually pretty good at guessing, so this was a nice surprise.

I love that several of the stories were read by the same narrator as the Andrew Z Thom
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great collection of dark stories....very dark. Some stories involve torture.....seriously very dark. I liked Letty the thief (last story) and will look for more stories with her.
Terry Tyler
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fully Loaded is a collection of different lengths, from less than one page (yes, really) to a couple that are a good hour's read, and every one is very good indeed; I wonder if the shorter story may be absolutely Crouch's forte, because each one encapsulates all that is brilliant about his writing. My favorite novel of his is Abandon, and the very best in the Fully Loaded collection is an outtake from it, On The Good, Red Road, which is as stunningly good as the main story. My other favourites w ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first started to listen to this on audiobook, but whereas I thought the first story was very compelling, I also thought the narrator was horrendous and was going to ruin the whole book for me. So I returned the audiobook and waited patiently for my library to get the print copy in. I'm glad I waited. Some of these stories were VERY hard to read (because of content), but man, Crouch can spin a good tale. They're dark, but I wouldn't have them any other way. The last story in the collection is a ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I absolutely hate short stories but I positively lapped these up! I'm a huge fan of Crouch and he even managed to make me love these short stories. His ingenuity and fearlessness when approaching the human psyche astounds me time and time again. Love him, love his work.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Amazing and frightening short stories. I love Blake Crouch.
Jason Brant
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Stories

I'd read several of these in other collections, but the handful I hadn't were still worth the price. Crouch is a phenomenal writer who never fails to impress.
Renny Barcelos
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My attention span is weird due to my ADD so I need time to engage with the characters or I can't really focus, hence not listening to short stories often. But Blake Crouch is amazing; he made me pay attention and engage with each one of those stories. They're all so complete in such short space, it's incredible.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Blake's novels unfortunately though I think I've read them all. Even his short story compilations I realize I've read most of them. still, I like this author.
W.S. Blevins
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great stories from a great author.
Andy Giesbrecht
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short stories

Picked this up after reading several of Blake Crouch's longer books. Very good stories and worth adding to your library.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, several of these stories were dark, suspenseful.
Couldn't put it down. Not a fan of the cover though but an excellent read.
Jacob Maurer
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Without a doubt, unconditional and the meteorologist were my favorite shorts out of this one anthology . Despite their lack of violence; I believe crouch was at his best when he wrote those two.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ten Tasty Horror Short Stories

FULLY LOADED:THE COMPLETE AND COLLECTED STORIES OF BLAKE CROUCH is a tasty collection of short horror stories by the accomplished author. Of note, these stories, many of which are chock full of murder and mayhem, are devoid of any hint of the supernatural that pervades the vast majority of what most consider horror today. Instead, for the most part, they concentrate on human horror and depravity. I am a new fan of BC's having previously read the novels PINES, WAYWAR
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blake Crouch is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His books are great thrillers and he's always offering free/reduced price e-books (not to mention his e-books are generally less than $5 regular price). Previously, these short stories were only available separately, but now they're offered in this short story collection.

Since there are ten separate stores in this collection, I'll just comment on my favorite/least favorite:

-The Meteorologist was probably my least favorite. It's not th
Richda Mcnutt
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
A collection of short stories in the terror/thriller category - reminiscent of Stephen King, but without the gore - except in a few cases. My favorite was the last one, "The Pain of Others," with the focus on a female thief, who - in the course of a robbery - overhears a hitman and his client discussing the planned killing of the client's wife. Displaying a rare selflessness, the thief decides to try to stop it - with some unexpected results. The stories vary in theme and quality of execution, b ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With every new book or story that I read by Blake Crouch, he keeps climbing up the charts of my list of favorite authors. This collection of 10 short stories is definitely worth reading. The only clunker in the group may be "The Newton Boys' Last Photograph", just because it's only 25 words long. However, the poem the story originates from is included in Crouch's introduction to the story and it is quite good.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Super collection of short stories. Some were really disturbing, some had a funny ironic twist and some were just odd. I love short stories because I can read for a little while, put it down, and then come back to it when I am ready. Got this one on my Kindle while on vacation and it made a great read while we were chilling out in our room. Quick reads that were really enjoyable.
Anne (w/ an E)
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually wanted to rate this book 3.5*. I am working on reading all of Mr Crouch's work, hoping for something to compare to Pines.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a book this fast in a very long time. When I started a story, I wanted to know how it ended and they were short enough to be finished quickly. I didn't know Blake Crouch 6 months ago and now he's my favourite author.
Barbara Kluver
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This short story collection is very much in the Stephen King path, but a little different. Ordinary circumstances and seemingly ordinary people take very extra-ordinary twists and turns. I can recommend the book. I found it hard to read before I went to bed though! I love this kind of fiction.
Sandi Donaldson
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I read Abandon; now I'm hooked on this author!

Short stories that sweep you up in no time. Take the journey and as you read the last're hungry for more. I love this author and will start at the beginning and read all of his works.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
another great book by Blake Crouch. Its refreshing to see that he can write beautifully in something other than horror. Although all of his writing is dark, most of these short stories are not graphic and violent like his Andrew Thomas series is.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
another great writer, brilliant book, keeps you glued
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice introduction to Blake Crouch with few short stories. Although it's the long books where the characters and places become so memorable.
Mar 23, 2012 added it
read first two stories...wasn't into it..will try again later
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a surprise this one was. Bought it on Kindle (God Bless Kindle!) for $4. That's why I love Kindle. This is officially my favorite new author of 2012.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very strong collection of stories. I particularly liked "Remaking," "The Newton Boys' Last Photograph" (which was in my Hint Fiction anthology), and "The Pain of Others."
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good short stories.
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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