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Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The five freshest voices in horror will make you reconsider leaving the house on October 31st with these all-new Halloween tales:

• A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane’s THE RIGGLE TWINS.

• A boy with a misshapen skull just wants to be normal in Evans Light’s PUMPKINHEAD TED.

• A group of thrill seekers learn that look
Paperback, 225 pages
Published September 14th 2014 by Corpus Press (first published September 5th 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I love Halloween. Everything to do with it. The smells, the candy and the scares. It's that perfect time of year.
This little collection of stories just falls right into place with that magical holiday.
You have first up-Gregor Zane's Riggle Twins.
Creepy little twins that come out to play on Halloween.

I'll make sure that I don't turn off my lights and hide from any trick or treaters this year.

Then comes Evan Light's Pumpkinhead Ted. Frigging awesome is what this one was. Poor little Ted.

This collection was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it quite a bit! To provide full disclosure, I consider all of these authors to be my "friends" and I was provided a free copy of this book to review. Despite those things, I have written an honest review.

I read this collection as part of the Fall Fear Challenge over in the Horror Aficionados Group at Goodreads. There was a buddy read going on for this book and I had a great time participating. (The buddy read goes for the whole month, and welcomes
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
He reached into plastic shopping bag where he kept his groceries and drew out a slice of bologna. A gelatinous coating had formed over the surface. As he passed a pickup truck, Trevor slapped the thin-sliced meat product against the vehicle's side panel where it held fast. A chuckle shook his belly at the thought of the truck's owner peeling off a circle of paint as he removed the bologna. Halloween was truly the greatest night of the year!

from Easy Pickings by Jason Parent

Though I've never bo
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do not let the benign title fool you. These dark tales mean business. Five slices - rotten to the core, and oh, so tantalizing!

THE RIGGLE TWINS by Gregor Xane was a standout for me. Two strange little souls who live for Halloween and their benefactor, who wears a cape made of batwings. Keep the lights on and for the sake of all that is holy, give the little monsters all they can carry when they come knocking at your door.

PUMPKINHEAD TED by Evans Light is a sad story about a youngster with a defo
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have been anxious to get into the "Halloween spirit" already, and this book of 5 stories was the PERFECT choice! I have read stories from each of the individual authors in this collection previously, and simply can not emphasize enough how well they all go together! This is the absolute perfect-themed anthology to get you into that "festive" mood!

The first story up was "The Riggle Twins", by Gregor Xane. This one had me hanging on every single word! It is a unique, grotesque story embodying th
Paul Nelson
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some absolutely wicked stories, a Halloween caked in dismembered body parts, macabre pumpkin heads and scare rows of corn, funny, creepy as fuck and each brilliant in its own way.

First up we have The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane, a mischievous tale of horror for those who do their damnedest to avoid the Halloween frivolities, for those who sit in the dark and pretend they’re not in. You see the Riggle twins search for such people and take them as a tribute to their saviour the god of the dead, or
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Looking for something to read on Halloween night? I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane

I had so many questions when I stepped into this story because the characters and the setting were so unusual. What are they? Where did they come from? What is going on?! Soon enough I just went with it and followed the odd Riggle twins as they headed out for their Halloween adventure to find two tributes before midnight. And it’s imperative they do so because “they don'
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the minute I found out about that this book was in the process of being made, I knew I wanted it. The wait was insane, awful ... sooooooo long. Finally I saw the authors start posting the date of publish and I was excited. When Adam asked me if I'd be interested in reading it before it came out, I could not say yes fast enough. In fact, it was on my Kindle and waiting to be read within 5 minutes of it being sent to me - and I started it that night.

What do I think of it? Hmm...

Let's put it t
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, done gentlemen. There was a lot to love about this Halloween anthology. Each story was a memorable trip to autumn's past. Gregor, Evans, Adam, and Jason - I see an opportunity to revisit these stories and expand upon the universes that you each created. I would love to see more from each of them.
Edward, I really enjoyed the story. I would love to see a sequel, (with all new characters.) You've created a piece unlike anything I've read by you... like a sexually charged Halloweentown.

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I say without a doubt that anyone planning on reading this book during Halloween is picking the right book to read.

The Riggle twins: 2 siblings go trick and treat…lock your doors and don’t open!

Pumpkinhead Ted: Don’t mess with the boy with the pumpkinhead…

Ghost light road: If your friend wants you to take a drive on ghost light road, stay home and watch a scary movie on Netflix instead!

Easy picking: Don’t mess with a boy and his imaginary friend…

The Scare Rows: What’s up with horror stories
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the best anthology I've read in a long time! All five stories are very strong and very, VERY creepy, perfect for the Halloween season. Looking forward to seeing another anthology next year! "Bad Apples II: More Slices of Halloween Horror" - - how can this *not* happen? ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an OK read, but not as good as the second one Bad Apples 2 imo. Perhaps it's the extremely summery weather that does not set the scene for Halloween horror. Maybe I'll save part 3 for a while longer.

The stories:

The Riggle Twins: An irresistibly creepy and bizarre story which echoes a little of Clive Barker I thought. 4*

Pumpkinhead Ted: Not what you initially expect perhaps as this is not so straightforward as it seems. That's the good part, what's not so good is that instead of the ex
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I was chomping at the bit to get to this one as I have read and enjoyed all five of the authors in this anthology. (They are all active members and quality peeps in the Horror Aficionados group here on Goodreads) I did put it off for a bit because I was going to try and wait until closer to Halloween, but I couldn’t do it.

Short story anthologies are sometimes rough for me because inevitably there is a stinker in there somewhere. Not so with Bad Apples. Each story is very different with its own u
Jon Recluse
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, anthologies
The young guns of horror offer up a fine bag of Halloween treats, from Gregor Xane's impressive tale that reaches back to the roots of the holiday and creates a new mythos, Evans Light's chilling cautionary concerning how cold vengence can be, Adam Light's spin on an urban legend that truly is a tale of the unexpected, Jason Parent's gruesome moonlit game involving an "imaginary friend" that is anything but imaginary, to Ed Lorn's return to Bay's End for a night of sheer insanity that goes over ...more
The full disclaimer: I am either Goodreads friends with or a follower of all of the authors of this collection. It doesn't matter a whit, I still enjoyed each and every story, but if this kind of thing matters to someone, there they have it.

The premise: Five stories from five authors who write horror, all set on or about Halloween.

The individual skinny:

1. The Riggle Twins. The most abstract of the stories and probably the lightest in tone, The Riggle Twins contains some fantastic moments and a
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A solid collection of tales. All were well written and there were enough twists to convention that I didn't feel like I was reading retreads of familiar stories.

My favorite story was The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane. I have read several of his stories and he continues to leave vivid pictures in my head long after reading.

His boots were covered in mud. His pinstriped pants were torn in places, patched with animal pelts and vellum scraps scrawled over with arcane text. His snakeskin belt was faste
Evans Light
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The five freshest voices in horror will make you reconsider leaving the house on October 31st with these all-new Halloween tales:

• A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane’s THE RIGGLE TWINS.

• A boy with a misshapen skull just wants to be normal in Evans Light’s PUMPKINHEAD TED.

• A group of thrill seekers learn that looking for terror is a whole lot more fun than fin
Andi Rawson
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bad Apples is a MUST read for anyone likes horror, dark fiction, or Halloween in general. A collection of 5 short (but not too short) stories these "Five Slices of Halloween Horror" are everything you need to set the mood for a haunting Halloween.

THE RIGGLE TWINS by Gregor Xane: Hands down 5 stars. If you think that you are safe by ignoring all of the Halloween hubbub by simply turning out your lights and holing up in your house - think again. The Riggle Twins will help ensure that all of your
Five stories. All of them fairly different from each other. I'd have to say the first two stories are my favorite. The last story made me laugh a lot.

The first short story: The Riggle Twins. Let me just say this, on Halloween if you have had your lights turned off and someone is knocking on your door don't open it.

The second short story: Pumpkinhead Ted. Oh my. Being a bully is bad, especially during Halloween time.

The third short story: Ghost Light Road. That isn't what I expected. Not at all.
Bloody hell, I hate goodreads sometimes, I just lost my review because I went to "Change edition" and forgot to save the text I had already typed. I know it's "my fault" for being stupid but badreads should have fixed this quirk with at least a "save" or "Are you sure?" pop-up by now.


I really wanted to like this book, but having read other things by the contributors I anticipated a better roller coaster ride. The gross-out nausea factor is effective here (that's a good thing) but I jus
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing anthology about Halloween. Bad Apples is everything you need to get you in the Halloween spirit. The stories got better and better as you read them. Without doubt, this is one of the best Halloween anthology's that I have read. The storytellers do an excellent job bring their stories to life. If you are looking for some new voices in the horror field, Bad Apples is just what the doctor order. I would like to see the author's do a sequel to this fantastic anthology. ...more
Jeff French
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The authors of the stories in 'Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror' don't pull any punches. These are five intense, well-written, send a chill down your spine stories, all centred around Halloween.
Often in an anthology, you get some good stories along with a couple of duds. Bad Apples is an exception, There isn't a weak story in the bushel. It's not easy to pick a favourite, but I'd have to give the nod to Adam Light's 'Ghost Light Road'. I love a good urban legend. Light takes this idea
Nev Murray
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"If you decide to stay at home this Halloween and read some tales to put you in the mood, do not go past this book. It encapsulates everything about the season in words. It stinks of every horror film you have probably watched in the eighties and nineties but you know what? I am a firm believer that if you get a great book, it’s much much better than a film.

This is that book for Halloween."

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 (shan) Littlebookcove
awesome!! five spooky modern day tales to get you in the mood for Halloween. I found myself thinking about the polts so the author's really do get into your heads with this. absolutely fantastic read :-D ...more
Michael Hicks
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short horror stories can be a terrific thing of beauty at times. Quick character sketches that bring to life the cast, and a plot that cuts right to the bone, getting those scares front and center. Balancing these two necessary components in a small burst is an art, and to make them truly effective requires some very strong story-telling mojo.

Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror does a sublime job of collecting five such effective stories under a single cover. The anthology is based aroun
Update 9/9/16 - Riggle Twins is still my favorite of this collection and is one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories.

I can give this four stars by ignoring the last story. This collection started off strong with The Riggle Twins, kept up nicely with Pumpkin-head Ted and The Ghost Light, lessened a bit with Easy Pickings, and completely came off the rails with The Scare Rows. I can see rereading the first two or three stories every year as they are classic Halloween tales that really captur
This was a good, solid collection of somewhat creepy short stories that was absolutely ruined by the terrible descriptions of sex in the final story.

I think the following passage sums it up nicely:

Mr. Stuart Keane guffawed as he shot his hot seed all over his fist, forearm, and extended thigh. Thick white ropes of semen splattered the floor all around him, and Cory was instantly reminded of a Las Vegas fountain.

That's not my idea of a good time at all.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I picked up this collection of short stories to read for some atmospheric Halloween fun and it delivered. The stories just seemed to get better and better as I kept reading and then the fifth story came along. It was a bit much for me - and I'm no prude, but to borrow from another review, it was Halloween porn. Still the book is enjoyable and I recommend it if you are looking for a creepy and twisted read. ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s almost Halloween. The nights are getting longer, there’s a dark chill in the air, and the lines between worlds are cracking. From somewhere within those cracks comes Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror, a five-author anthology beckoning you to lose yourself in its pages.

Gregor Xane’s “The Wriggle Twins” is a morbid, twisted, darkly whimsical tale of two very special children. These two live on their own and only come out to play on Halloween, but when they do, you’ll want to be as f
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
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Five slices of juicy goodness in this Halloween anthology. Juicy may not be a good word choice to use here. How about shudder inducing? Yeah, that’s about right.

The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane ~ I think this is my favorite of the five. I was confused at first, but the writing was so delicious I had to find out what the hell was going on. I was still a little confused at the end, but I can’t say I wasn’t entertained.

Pumpkinhead Ted by Evans Light ~ The c
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Evans Light is author of Screamscapes: Tales of Terror, the upcoming I Am Halloween, and more. He is editor of Doorbells at Dusk and the ongoing In Darkness, Delight horror anthology series, and is co-creator of Bad Apples: Halloween Horrors and Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love.


Evans lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by thousands of vintage horror paperbacks. He

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