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Shock Totem 4: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted (Shock Totem #4)

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In the fourth issue of Shock Totem, K. Allen Wood and crew have compiled yet another eclectic collection of horror fiction. This issue features previously unpublished stories from the likes of Weston Ochse, Lee Thompson, A.C. Wise, Jaelithe Ingold, David Busboom, and others. Also to be found, conversations with Kathe Koja and Rennie Sparks, nonfiction by K. Allen Wood, rev ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Shock Totem Publications (first published July 1st 2011)
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Gef
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lee Thompson was charitable enough to give away a few copies of Shock Totem's latest issue, and I was lucky enough to snag one. When it comes to periodicals, I buy the electronic versions exclusively because of shipping costs to Canada, so this was a real treat. I bought and read a Kindle edition of Shock Totem #1 not too long ago and was eager to read some more.

This time around there was a very diverse ensemble of authors from varying backgrounds, with established names like Weston Ochse, as we
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Donald Armfield
Shock Totem always gives me the creeps but this one gave only a mild chill in the air for me.

Beneath the Weeping Willows I read previously in a collection of Lee Thompson's work. The Many Ghosts of Annie Orens by A.C. Wise was great always find it eerie when children talk to ghost.

As for the rest of this anthology it's always worth checking out Shock Totems magazine.
Char
I like to read short story collections. I find a lot of new authors in this manner.
Shock Totem 4 looms large above the average collection.

Running down the stories that I liked the most:
Beneath the Weeping Willow- by Lee Thompson. I liked this one so much I bought some other offerings by Mr. Thomspon. 5 Stars!
Full Dental -by Tom Bordonaro. This was his first published story and it was Freaking Awesome! Fun filled, tongue in cheek and creepy. 5 Stars!
Fade to Black-by Jaelithe Ingold. A differe
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Alexis
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The dark and gorgeous cover art of Shock Totem's 4th issue is what first attracted me to the publication. On this basis alone, I purchased a copy - thinking, if the art is that gorgeous, the stories have to be as well.

And my assumption was correct. Each story had a murky beauty to it, a painful edge that reached out and grabbed hold of me. While each story was fantastic, The Many Ghosts of Annie Orens by A.C. Wise rocked me with its fascinating premise, its haunted nature and perfectly-worded pr
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K.E.
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
...Overall, I am well pleased with Shock Totem #4, and will be saving my pennies for the both the next issue and the three previous...

See my full review: http://rookberg.blogspot.com/2013/03/...
The Grim Reader (Beavisthebookhead.com)
Great shorts

Love Shock Totem to death. Usually a five out of five read for me but two of the shorts just didn't float my boat this time. Don't be put off though. Different strokes for different folks.
Steve Bouchard
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of this batch: Tom bordonaro's "Full Dental" for it's irreverent look at how ridiculous being PC can really be.
David
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal, zine
Another collection of solid fiction. The selected stories all feature top notch writing.

There were two stories in this issue that featured cruel older brothers. In the first of these stories, "Beneath the Weeping Willow" by Lee Thompson, David is an autistic boy who struggles to comprehend how his condition puts a strain on his family. His older brother, Jacob, lets David know that he blames him. The story is told in second person POV, a risky move, but it pays off as Thompson instantly connects
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Jenny
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I want my money back. The stories in this magazine are completely ridiculous. I've read better stories in online zines for free. The problem is that the editors or the folk "writing" these weak tales think they're being literary by writing in the second person viewpoint or in the present tense. It's been done before and a million times better than here. The stories are mind-numbingly boring - they lack all the essentials that make for good literature, or even a good genre story. After reading th ...more
Lisa Cleveland
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had a great selection of stories, and I'll admit that although I started reading it because Michael Penkas has a short in it, "Dead baby day," I stuck around for the rest of the stories. I've become somewhat obsessed with finding stories from Michael lately. He really does need to collect his shorts into one book for me! What I didn't care for were the movie reviews, and interviews. That's just me though, as it's nothing I have an interest in. Yep, I'd recommend Shock Totem. I was impressed ...more
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K. Allen Wood’s fiction has appeared in 52 Stitches, Vol. 2, The Zombie Feed, Vol. 1, Epitaphs: The Journal of New England Horror Writers, The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair, Anthology: Year One and Year Two, as well as Appalachian Undead and its companion chapbook, Mountain Dead.

He is also the editor/publisher of Shock Totem, a bi-annual horror fiction magazine. He lives and plots in
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