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Horror is pessimism at its bleakest. Worst-case scenario. The darker side of reality. The glass half-empty. The situation unfathomable. In Black Bubbles, Kelli Owen presents classic genre tropesghosts, murderers, zombies, what you'd expect (sans sharks)but it's the characters, rather than the tropes, that experience the story, speak of the horrors, and sometimes survive ...more
Hardcover, White Lightning Series Book 6, 262 pages
Published 2012 by Thunderstorm Books
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Frank Errington
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's rare that I'll give a collection of short stories 5 stars. There are nearly always one or two that don't work for one reason or another. Not the case here. Kelli Owen's Black Bubbles is filled with gems.

The prose is lyrical at times, allowing the reader to relish every word. While reading one story in the collection, I noted, it was as if Kelli was seeing things from the corner of her eye and getting those details down on the page.

There's a lot of variety in this collection, all with the
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Mandy DeGeit
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thinking it would simplify my first reviewing task, I chose Black Bubbles a short story collection by Kelli Owen. I figured I could read a few stories per sitting, over the course of a few days. I could take my time, jot down take some notes on the stories and then formulate a concise review. The idea was sound, but once I started reading Black Bubbles, my plan changed.

Story after story, I was hooked and I couldnt put the book down.

The collection contains 21 stories of differing themes. From
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Tom
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good introduction to Kelli Owen's work. I loved this collection. I will be searching out more of her work. Superb story telling.
Brennan LaFaro
The latest re-issue from Poltergeist Press is the story collection Black Bubbles, from author Kelli Owen. The book contains 21 stories, all complete with author notes, and if youve read my thoughts on collections/anthologies, youll know authors notes at the end of a story have a way of winning me over. Usually Kellis are a few thoughtful words, a couple paragraphs at most, about the genesis of the story. Some are just fun, others gave a nice insight and enhanced my enjoyment of a particular ...more
Craig
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not the biggest fan of short story collections when I was offered the chance to review this e-book from Kelli Owen I jumped at the chance. Having read two of her previous e-books (The Neighbourhood and Waiting Out Winter) I knew that it could be a good collection and I was not disappointed.

Within Black Bubbles are 21 short stories which are all easy to read and cover a good variety of topics ranging from the morbid and heartbreaking to the currently popular zombies, but what makes
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Aiden Merchant
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review follows the Poltergeist Press reissue. --- It seems like most readers (that I follow) agree that collections are often hit or miss, due to how many stories included you liked or disliked. I'm on this page; it's not easy for me to love a collection, because usually there's a handful of stories I don't care about.

Black Bubbles was like this for me. However, Owen's writing always impressed, even when a story wasn't resonating for me. That is one reason I look on this collection more
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Nick
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-competition
Excellent collection of a wide range of horror shorts. Everything's here. Ghosts, monsters, killers. Lots of originality in this book. The title story "Black Bubbles" was super creepy. "Trials and Tribulations of Dr. Jekylls Third Cousin Twice Removed" was gross and hysterical. I would love to see Kelli write another story in this humorous and horrific style. Check this book out! ...more
Emily Warner
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome compilation of spine tingling and mind probing short stories. This is a must-have for every horror reader's collection.
Jassen Bailey
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming at The Crow's Caw.
Wayne Fenlon
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great collection from Kelli Owen.
Standouts for me were: The Tin Box, Crash and Burn, and Black Bubbles.
Every story, I felt, had a great build to it, even though some of the endings I didn't care for, it kind of didn't matter. I was there for the ride. They were all wonderfully written.
Definitely recommend this collection.
And I'll definitely read more by Kelli Owen.
Solid 4 stars.
Leigh Farina
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was my first trip into a Kelli Owen book and I was no disappointed. The stories were enthralling and I found myself savoring them not wanting them to end. I took my time reading this because of the stories, re-reading some because they were that good. The way she makes characters jump off the pages in just a short amount of time captures your attention and leaves you craving the next story. The ...more
The Scary Reviews
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Double hell, I enjoyed this collection! There are so many great stories in Black Bubbles. Review can be read here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1W5
Noelle Kelly
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Black bubbles is a collection of short, dark and wonderful horror stories. Each story is perfectly formed and unique, featuring a host of subgenres. There are zombies, hidden horrors, strange realities and scientific horrors. I devoured the collection, unsure and excited to see what would unfold on the page with each story.

The tales vary from tightly knit flash fiction to longer short stories. Some of the offerings are tasty morsels, while others are satisfying meals.

Some of the highlights of
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Gloria
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Black Bubbles by Kellie Owen covers a vast array of characters and a wide spectrum of horrific ideas. Her straight forward prose lays out each story with clarity and allows the reader to become fully enveloped in the actions and events the characters struggle through; no flowery language or hyperbole needed to state the terrors that lie within these stories.

Each tale is accompanied by a short paragraph of notes explaining where the concept came from which is fascinating for both readers and
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Jeff Heimbuch
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kelli Owen joined my list of "authors to watch" a few years ago, but quickly climbed to the top of my "most anticipated authors" list from there.
Every time she releases something new, I stop what I am currently reading in favor of her latest. Black Bubbles is no exception.
While her novel-length stories (such as Six Days) are incredibly compelling, she absolutely excels at short fiction. That's not to say that her longer writing isn't as good...it most definitely is. But Kelli has the ability to
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Richard Wright
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a perfectly entitled volume of stories, beautifully produced in hardback by Thunderstorm Books. Each tale within is a fragile, slightly hypnotic thing thats compelling while its floating in front of you, but quickly forgotten when its gone. Theres little depth, and if you poke the structure of each story too hard in search for something beneath the glistening surface then youre going to be left with nothing at all. Owen constructs these stories like a fast-talking comedian rattling off ...more
Dan Myers
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully scary!!!

Character driven horror as only Kellie Owen can provide. So many "what if" scenarios. And the writing...top notch! Real edge of your seat page turning. I loved them all.
Leland Merritt
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title story is amazing. I picked this collection up because I really loved Owens story in the Dark Highways collection: Jims Eats. There are some great gems in here but by far the best is Black Bubbles. ...more
MK-reads
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black Bubbles is on my list of top books I've read in 2020. I simply loved every story. Kelli has a way of getting under your skin with stories that just stick with you. There are 21 stories in this collection and a little note explaining how they came to be, at the end of each.
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The author of more than a dozen booksmy fiction spans the genres from thriller and psychological horror, to an occasional bloodbath, and the even rarer happy ending.

I was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, and have attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both my writing and the field in general.
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