Fear is personal. What are you afraid of? What causes the hair on your neck to stand up? Do you worry about what your fears might mean? What horrifies you might be nothing to someone else. But there’s something for just about everyone in this collection of personal tales. Whether your fears remain secret or you laugh while you watch monsters devour your neighbors, we believe something in this collection will make you keep the lights on when you go to bed. The first collection from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press focused purely on horror stories, "Horrors: Real, Imagined, and Deadly" includes tales from E.B. Black, Kay Elam, Kim Graff, Justin Holley, Precy Larkins, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Mindy McGinnis, R.S. Mellette, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Matt Sinclair, A.M. Supinger, and Charlee Vale.
Matt Sinclair is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. He works as a journalist in New York City covering philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the United States and with increasing focus on international philanthropy. In 2012, he established Elephant's Bookshelf Press, LLC, a traditional publisher of fiction and (eventually) nonfiction. Since its inception, EBP has published eleven books, including six anthologies, as of 2016. Its first publication of 2017 will be Lost Wings, the debut of Don M. Vail, whose urban fantasy novel takes place in San Francisco and the many levels of hell.
THE DREAM HOUSE : I wrote this so of course I love it! hehehe :)
BLOOD AND INK by Mindy McGinnis : Quite unexpected ending that may have sent me snickering (because I'm sometimes immature)--but I'm sure it's a horrific end for...some people.
THE SOUND OF THE CHAIN by R.S. Mellette : Okay, this one terrified me. I had that uncomfortable, inward-cringing feeling because, while this is not your typical blood-and-gore horror (there's no gore and it's still terrifying!), the idea of this story coming true to life is enough to curdle one's blood. The expert build-up of suspense had me on my toes, too. Well done!
A SECRET KEPT IN SHAME by A.M. Supinger : I had the pleasure of beta-reading this, and let me just say that A.M. Supinger knows how to evoke vivid imagery, as well as create intriguing characters that you can oddly sympathize with despite their villain status.
THE GODS WITHIN by Justin Holley : Justin Holley is a master horror writer (I have had the pleasure of beta-reading his novel-length works), and this one is grim and disturbing in a creeptastic way!
THE WILD HUNT by Sarah Glenn Marsh : I loved the suspense in this story, and not knowing where it was heading to, or what I was going to find in the end. And the ending didn't disappoint, bringing the story to full circle!
CORRUPT by Kim Graff : Disturbing on so many levels. How do you decide who's right and who's wrong, especially when you've been brought up to believe in a certain truth? This reminds me of cults and the brainwashing that goes with their teaching. Except there are no cults in this story.
TIME TO PRAY by E.B. Black : Another favorite of mine! I'm still unnerved by this.
LOST SOLES by Madeline Mora-Summonte : A bit heartbreaking. Very suspenseful.
THE TROLLS by Kay Elam: Loved this one, too. Strange and unexpected and excellent character voice!
THE ICE TREE by Charlee Vale : Pretty imagery with a sad, creepy conclusion.
LOST by Matt Sinclair : Short but emotion-filled. Honestly, I felt sad reading this. But there's also just the right amount of spine-tingling factor to close this anthology with that ending.
I am not going to rate this book because as with most anthologies there were a few duds, some good stories, and a couple of fabulous ones. It would not be fair to give this three stars when three of the stories deserved 4-5 stars.
The three standouts were: A Secret Kept In Shame by A M. Supinger The Gods Within by Justin Holly The Dream House by Precy Larkins