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Love and loss are the two prevailing themes in this 93,000-word short story collection, featuring 19 of the author’s tales—five of which are original to this collection:


"When Fat Men Love Thin Women" "The Death Artist" "The Uncertainty Principle" "Monster" "The Love Clinic"
The rest of the stories appeared in such publications as On Spec, TransVersions, Prairie Fire, Northe
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ebook, 312 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by ChiZine (first published January 1st 2008)
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karen
i guess i am someone who reads short stories. it's what i do now. so, to celebrate the short, i am going to make this review a series of pithy one-sentence... summaries? commentaries? of/on each story. this is not me being lazy; it is actually quite difficult. especially with stories like these, which frequently have little twists in them that i want to avoid destroying. so some of these sentences might even be misleading, a little. who knows, i haven't written it yet. come with me on my tiny jo ...more
Charity
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend bought this for me, I think because of the hours we devoted in our misspent youth to discussing horror films. Since having kids, I'm not as enthusiastic about horror as I once was (I seem to be more easily scared than I used to be), but I still enjoy the genre and the tingle of being frightened every once in a while. And I was pleased to find that Boyczuk isn't going for the easy scare with the stories in this collection. The stories touch on very basic and universal human issues (which ...more
Mike
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror lovers, short fiction fans
Shelves: horror
Wonderful set of stories. A mix of classic horror stories (monsters, supernatural beings, serial killers), sci-fi (with a thriller/horror twist), and just some great thrillers.

As the back cover says, the primary themes of the stories are love and loss. Many of them go in directions you don't expect, and it keeps you guessing what the next story is going to bring. There are so many rehashes of the same old themes in modern literature, especially in the horror genre, that this book was wonderfull
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Corey
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection that calls itself Horror Story better have at least one damn good horror story, lest you think it a parody of the genre such as Scary Movie. Plus, it better be better than Scary Movie. No problem here: Robert Boyczuk (whose novels Nexus: Ascension and The Book of Thomas prove him a master of both the short and long form) has put together a collection that rivets you to your seat even as it pulls the rug out from under you. “Cure for Cancer” is a nightmare of twisted love, and “Query ...more
Ariana
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with the stories I read in this collection. There were some stories that were good, some that had potential, and others that were boring or confusing.

Confusion was something I felt often when reading some of these stories, and I feel like it may have been more to do with what it tried to accomplish more than what I didn't understand. I didn't get anything out of most of the stories, and I didn't like the confusion; if I didn't understand it would be my own fault, but some sto
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Pat Gracey
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the stories in here aren't very scary and I put it down, though I noted that the writing is quite good. I picked it up again and was quite impressed by a story I read at random "Tabula Rasa" that I'm upgrading my rating and reconsidering my first impressions of the other stories. It's got some real silly and surreal moments and the first couple (while I would have loved if I was in a Don B mood) disappointed me from what I thought I was getting. (I'm always hoping to be scared shitless) ...more
Daniella
I picked this up at Ad-Astra, with slight hesitation on my part as I'm very easily scared and that fear generally lingers for ages. I delved into this collection of short stories expecting classic horror and that sure isn't what I got. These stories feature a fear that slowly insinuates itself into your thoughts, grows, and refuses to leave. They all seem to deal with love and/or obsession in some form, and quite a few of them feature the supernatural or have a sci-fi setting. There were times w ...more
Geoff
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horror Story and Other Horror Stories is a misleading title, as there's more than your standard horror stories. There's a lot of dark science fiction in here too and I would probably label the collection as a whole as weird fiction. Anyway, since I like horror and sci-fi this was a perfect book for me as I had the best of both worlds.

Robert Boyczuk does a good job here, and I would have to say I liked pretty much everything in this collection of short stories. Although I will admit there is noth
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Bethany Ebert
Overall, this was a good collection of horror stories. Body horror, grotesque imagery, and psychological horror are a few of the types you will find in this book. Boyczuk's use of language is skillful - he says a lot in only a few words, just enough to give the reader an unsettling feeling. Gay and straight pairings are treated with the same approach; Boyczuk never meanders over his gay/bisexual characters or tokenizes them, which I appreciate. I gave this book three stars because I felt some of ...more
Allison
It's better than three stars, but that would mean I really liked it, and I admired it more than I liked it. It's very subtle, off-kilter horror rather than in-your-face horror, which I appreciate, but a lot of it is just too abstruse for me. Also, the typesetting of the story titles couples with the lack of finality in the endings made it hard to tell when a new story was beginning. When it's good it's very very good. When it's bad it feels like it's trying too hard to be sophisticated.
Rachelccameron
I didn't find many of the stories in this book to be compelling, entertaining or scary. Many of them were weird and for some I could see what the author was trying to convey, but I did not love the execution of the final product.
Manny Arocho
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short stories!
Karl
Nov 14, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chizine_own
This is copy 96 of 100 signed and numbered by the author and illustrator.
Xii
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 1.9

Couldn't finish it because it bored me. That's the real horror.
Janet
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This is an odd collection of short stories. Not exactly what I call horror, this collection was definitely on the creepy side. Lots of sci-fi elements. I liked it.
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Robert Boyczuk is a supremely talented short-story writer.
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"Boyczuk's memorable debut offers 19 horror stories that accentuate the emotional-and often horrid - upheavals men and women suffer from while searching for love....Boyczuk's stories are uniformly excellent...."
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