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A small town is ruined by black rain, and two police officers find themselves face to face with the creatures lurking in the flooded streets. In the wild west, an aging gunslinger returns to his favorite brothel, only to encounter a fathomless black tar that's devouring everyone within. Paramedics find a remedy for a zombie virus outbreak – but can the survivors come to ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 220 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Blue Juice Books (first published May 15th 2015)
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Brenda A
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
Separated by short story, ready go:

From the Storms, A Daughter
4 out of 5 stars
I love sea monsters! So much! Black rain flooding the world gives rise to creepy things beneath the surface of the water....

Eaters
4 out of 5 stars
A highly original take on the zombie idea. It's a virus that people can potentially beat, so even if you eat someone you may still recover and be fully human again. It's trying to reconcile your actions (eating people) once you're healthy again that's the problem.

Growing
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Nicole Amburgey
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great collection of short stories! 'Growing Dark,' is predominantly horror - almost every story representing a different sub-genre; from demons to zombies to cannibals to crazies to ghosts. The stories that aren't horror are simply dark and haunting. Actually, dark and haunting is how I would describe nearly every story in this collection - and I mean that in a good way!

Mr. Triana's writing style is reminiscent of Stuart O'Nan, with a cowboy twist. His stories are atmospheric, dark,
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Paula
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First-rate storytelling! You can read my full review here... https://horrornovelreviews.com/2016/1...
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Jenne Kaivo
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenne by: Elissa Nelson
A collection of real cowboy horror. Triana's writing is moody and expressive, and his narrative voice is strong, although not changing much from one story to another. Female characters are not a strength: Soon There'll Be Leaves could be a textbook illustration of the Madonna/Whore complex, with the bipolar ex occupying both spaces. This is not a particularly unusual problem for male writers.

In my opinion, the best-realized story is Growing Dark, from which the book gets its title. There is an
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Cat
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for short stories, Anything I can read when I only a bit of time and these one fit the bill Doubly as I am a fan of horror tales! I guess I don't scare very easily anymore, but these stories were suitable dark and well written. I especially enjoyed Giving From The Bottom! It was fun to revisit deceased actors in the after life! Also, Eaters was a fun take on Zombies! Awww, they were all fun in their own ways . Unique and entertaining!

I received an advance copy from the publisher in
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Douglas Ogurek
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I discovered Kristopher Triana in a splatterpunk anthology. His story was jaw-droppingly extreme. Therefore, I was somewhat surprised at the tameness of this collection, which includes not only softer horror, but also a couple westerns with a supernatural spin (not really my thing). The best story was "Video Express," in which a horror nerd finds himself in a retro '80s video rental store with suspicious employees.
Amanda Mic Perkins
Nov 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Eh. The first story was the best, but it sort of went downhill from there. I don't think this author likes women very much. He has a tendency to kill all of them off in increasingly violent ways, or they're easily disposed of as cold hearted bitches. Do not recommend (unless you just want to read the first story. That one was good.)
Alicia
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Only read 1/2 of it. I'm not a real fan of short stories but the ones I did read were a bit gruesome. I will keep nearby when I want a quick read.
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Kristopher Triana is the author of Full Brutal, Shepherd of the Black Sheep, Body Art, The Ruin Season, Toxic Love and more.

His fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies and has been translated into multiple languages, drawing praise from Publisher's Weekly, Cemetery Dance, Rue Morgue, Scream, The Ginger Nuts of Horror and others.

Full Brutal won the Splatterpunk Award for Best
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