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...and They All Lived Happily Ever After!: A Smorgashboard of Atrocities

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Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Createspace
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Jean Cormier
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all!

"...And They All Lived Happily Ever After" by Crystal Connor will have you locked down and glued until you are done with this book. Wow, what a read, usually when you think of fiction books you have hopes that there will be something to catch your attention and interest to keep you reading until the book ends. As she starts every tale you are provided the details of the characters and become involved from the start. At some point you can almost feel the same air or the brush
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I Heart Dark  Arts
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two words: In. Sane.

The first thing I want to talk about is the layout which is nothing like I’ve even seen in a paperback and its nowhere near being a graphic novel. This book is visually engaging I’m surprised that no one else is talking about it!

The book actually starts before the table of contents; right after the blurbs page there is a untitled tiny story about a home invasion….its just a paragraph long but it’s a kill shot =D at the end of that story it says “presenting Crystal Connor’s …
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Bianca
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“…And they all lived happily ever after” is an anthology of short stories, written by Crystan Connor.

When I was contacted to be part of this blog tour, I was very excited for this book. I was looking for a book that could give me nightmares. When I saw the cover of “And they all lived happily ever after” and I read the blurb, I knew that this is the right book and I immediately wanted to read it.

“…And they all lived happily every after” convinced me with the cover. The look of terror on the wome
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Pam
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
And They All Lived Happily Ever After is a collection of short stories.There is a wide range for everyone as it has stories about zombies, haunted houses, the real Santa Claus, disturbed friends and so much more. You really get into the stories and a lot of times wish they were longer because you don't wish them to end. I will tell you about a few of the short stories with no spoilers.

In The Lazarus Antidote we find ourselves in a world after a zombie outbreak has occurred. The world is a whol
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Ellen Koski
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some Like Them Short

When it comes to science fiction and horror I want the guts, gore and the weird and unexplainable. To read a sentence that jumps out and says go ahead read me again to make sure you had it right the first time. It’s the demented tales that we all live for either in print or on the TV. Crystal Connor was a name passed to me as I commuted back and forth to work using the train last year. So, when I heard another was published and out it was obvious to pick up a copy to see if t
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Jim
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Short Stories to Amuse Your Wicked Mind

Talk about karma and perfect timing for this book filled with short stories of terror and the unimaginable that goes above and beyond. If you hear the name Crystal Connor mentioned in your book club then you know it is a must read. I’ve come to know her style as the wild, wicked and twisted. It’s awesome and each segment keeps you interested in the next page. October is coming and it is a dress up celebration I partake in so the hostess will receive a than
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Jaime
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The unseen and the unimaginable are fully revealed in Connor's "...Smorgashboard of Atrocities", and even the most seasoned horror fans will find themselves clutching their blankets tight when they turn out the lights. Reminiscent to Richard Matheson and Stephen King, the author's stories in this compilation of terror will be remembered long into each and every dark evening. Most readers will agree that they have never stumbled across a mind as warped as Connor's because she has the ability to l ...more
Sheila
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mixing evil queens, dark fantasy, and a fast flowing blend of newspaper accounts, letters, lists, scientific documents, and even text messages, author Crystal Connor's short stories move from distorted zombie apocalypse to ghost story to a terrifying Christmas wish (my favorite) and more. The formatting is intriguing and pleasing to the eye, nicely designed for a modern day audience of text-messaging new adult readers.

“Father McAlister’s heart shattered” at the sins of twin cities, “everyone pay
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Andy Angel
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This first short story collection from Spectrum Trilogy author Crystal Connor is a winner from the get go.

The book starts off with The Lazarus Antidote, set after the Zombie Apocalypse as scientists are trying to find a cure, but tracking the doctors and scientists down is The Dragon. This is a very atmospheric tale that draws you in and doesn't let go.

Best Friends Forever is sinister and twisty fun.

The Christmas Wish has a different take on Santa and naughty children that I found really enjoyab
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Sabrina
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this book after I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I wanted to be scared and sitting on the edge of my seat.

This is a book filled with short stories all written by Crystal and I loved how she changed it up in ever story. I felt like I was reading different authors in ever story. Crystal has such a way with words that you get lost in each story. I wish they were longer so I could enjoy the characters longer. I’m not going to tell you about the stories because I don’t thi
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Kristy Centeno
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
And They Will Live Happily Ever After is a great read!

I love horror books so it came as no surprise to me how much I would come enjoy this anthology. Each story is gripping and attention grabbing. There’s a mixture of comicality, horror, and insight in each individual tale, which I happened to appreciate a lot.

My favorite part about this book? Well, it has fourteen short horror stories. It doesn’t get any better than that.

The author did an amazing job at separating each story to where you don’t
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Stacy
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of short horror (and sci fi, and fantasy) stories. I think my favorite one is "Amber's New Friend", but then, I share a first name with one of the characters. Some of the stories have a really interesting racial element that I haven't often run into. I'd like to read more like that. Crystal's stories were inspired by dreams as well as events from her own life. I look forward to reading more of her work - and hopefully soon!

I'd recommend this, but perhaps not for younge
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Brittany
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wowza! This was a GREAT book to read around this Halloween holiday! I am so glad that I decided to read it for this tour :) Each short tale had me gripping my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen. I'm not going to go into too much detail about each one because, quite frankly, I just can't do it without a spoiler or two. So I'll just say... If you like great horror reads, you'll be just plain nuts if you don't pick this one up! I can't wait to read more from the author :) ...more
Ailyn
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ebook is quite good with designs that suit the particular story. The author made full use of designs and fonts to make the reader feel as they are reading a letter, a poster or just a story.
The style changes from story to story, showing the author's ability to adapt to each format.
just a pity the spelling was not thoroughly checked, grammar was ok.
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Abir
Sep 11, 2014 added it
amazin' story ever can't stop reareadin this ...more
Chris
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Unique blend of stories. I particularly liked the Magic Negro story and the ghost story, Amber's New Friend. Loved the vivid details and the ongoing fight between the family and the ghost Asha, who is believable and it makes me recall Amityville. ...more
Bryan Cebulski
My project, and who knows how long it will take, is to work my way through Sumiko Saulson's list of 60 black women in horror writing. I've already read the greats—Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler—so I thought I would start out with someone lesser known. I found Crystal Connor's And They All Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities on Audible. It looked interesting—a screaming woman takes up the entire cover art, and what's horror without that? I used one of my two monthly tokens on ...more
Tofts Reviews
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An impressive collection of independent stories that not only work well on their own, but complement each other greatly.

This format reminds me of short except magazines (such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) or compilation books (such as The Bathroom Reader) where all related tales are showcased. This is a wonderful way to get a taste of the caliber of talent offered by this superb author. This format also sets the stage and foundation for Connor’s upcoming trilogies and related characters. Fo
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Desiree Putaski
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the Juniper Grove Book Solutions Blog Tour.

This collection has a little bit of something for everyone. The author starts us of with one of the best intros that I have ever read (it was seductive and intriguing) and leads us right into her expertly woven tales of horror with The Lazarus Antidote. If you think you’ve read every imaginable zombie scenario and “end of life as we know it” plot line there is… hold on to your seat, because you are in for a real treat!

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Jay Charming
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A horrorfully good read!
Anthologies are tricky publications. You never quite know what you’re going to get. One story may grab your attention immediately, so that you find yourself speeding through the words to see what happens. Then, the very next one is a slow dud you can’t wait to be done reading, slowly trudging through the words as if it is more of a chore than a pleasure. And They Lived Happily Ever After: A Smorgasbord of Atrocities is completely full of the former. In fact, I challenge y
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Kattie
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given this audiobook download of “…And They All Lived Happily Ever After” in exchange for free in exchange for review. This is a collection of short stories by Crystal Connor, and was read by Kay Richardson. This anthology is great, because even though all of the stories are by the same author, they are so diverse. Kay Richardson does a beautiful job reading the stories. This collection of stories is really good. I will be looking for more from this author. I wish I had a physical copy of ...more
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I grew up telling spooky little campfire style stories at slumber parties. We’d make a tent in the bedroom, and the only source of light would be from a flashlight that was about to die. I’d tell my tale of doom and then while everyone was jumping at the tree branch scraping against the window and I’d be sound asleep!

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