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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Terror follows those who let it into their hearts.


Guests of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris attend a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. On that fateful night, a great man falls, but he is not alone. For Henry and Clara, the night is only the beginning of lives wrought with jeal
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Comet Press (first published September 30th 2016)
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Wrathbone is a story collection which rivals the best out there! Every single tale delivers, and that's such a rare thing, at least for me.

My favorite among the bunch, (and believe me, it was HARD to choose!), had to be:

Revenge Is A Dish A tasty little tale, (forgive the pun, you'll understand when you read it), about a master chef aboard a private yacht until... he's not. He's tossed overboard, with only one of those lame rings on which to float. Alone, he finds himself bobbing on the ocean li
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WRATHBONE and Other Stories, by Jason Parent, is a collection of one novella and four additional tales showcasing the author’s versatility and mastery of the writing craft. The book begins with an impressive introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke, followed by the titled novella, WRATHBONE.

“I am not a good man.”

This begins the gothic-style tale of Major Henry Rathbone and his life after President Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Rathbone and his betrothed, Clara Harr
Evans Light
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
An outstanding collection from Jason Parent, which includes a novella and four full-length short stories. The titular novella is stuffed with enough stellar prose and madness to make Poe himself proud, and fans of literary horror with a historical twist should find much to enjoy with this one.
THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER and DORIAN'S MIRROR are sharply drawn tales that would make classic TWILIGHT ZONE scripts, while FOR THE BIRDS and REVENGE IS A DISH take a decidedly (and delightfully) nasty turn. For
David Brian
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wrathbone and Other Stories by Jason Parent is a solid selection of short fiction offerings, where each story uses nicely descriptive prose in painting a vivid picture for the reader. There are some genuinely original ideas that have gone into producing this book, although the majority of the characters are somewhat lightly drawn.

My marks are as follows:

Wrathbone is the title story in the collection, and it is based around real historical fact. It paints a powerful image of one man's slide towar
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been fortunate to read some of Mr. Parent's other short stories in various anthologies, and I've never been disappointed. I liked his writing so much that I've actively sought out his other stuff. When I was given the chance to read this I jumped on it. It had been on my private wish list for awhile! So, her goes nothing...
Wrathbone. I had never heard of this man until 20 years ago, "I was well into my 30's." This story was a heartbreaker. The coulda, shoulda, woulda's could drive a person
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this on a flight between Dallas and LAX.

Really, really liked the title story,Wrathbone. The reader is really left to decide if Major Rathbone is suffering from some sort of PTSD after seeing President Lincoln assassinated right next him, failing to stop John Wilkes Booth when he had the chance, or if he is really experiencing a demonic possession and event. Either way, it's a tragic story.

The other stories were pretty good, too, if quite gruesome, especially the story, "For the Birds".
Andi Rawson
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the last story in this collection and I am still having trouble finding words to describe just how much I am in awe of Wrathbone, the story that the collection is named after. I loved every single story in this book, but Wrathbone was by far my favorite. Jason Parent is an author that I have always liked but who I am ashamed to admit I have not read too much from--that is going to change.

Wrathbone: Beautiful, haunting, horrifying...1865. Abraham Lincoln was murdered. Is t
Kenneth McKinley
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, horror
This is my second read of Jason's and this one is a short story collection. Without further ado, here we go:


The "title track" of this collection and it's an eerie display of watching a man sink deeper and deeper into madness. What makes this story even more unsettling is that it's based of true historical facts. Henry Rathbone was indeed a major in the Union army. He, and his wife Clara, were the guests of President Lincoln and his wife attending the play at the Ford theater where Lin
Frank Errington
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jason Parent's new collection, Wrathbone and Other Stories, includes some wonderfully original tales of horror. There may be only 5 stories in this collection, totaling 160 pages, but each tale is deserving of your attention and if you have yet to discover Jason's work, this book will serve as a worthy introduction.

Wrathbone - The collection begins with the novella length story of Lincoln's assassination, told as never before, in the voice of Poe or perhaps Lovecraft. The author truly
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third experience with the author, first being an audio book and second a novella. Neither were either particularly awesome or particularly otherwise and his freebies seems to find his way on my Kindle, so I thought I'd check him out in a short form. Seems to be more of the same quality wise. Parent might not be the best of the best, but he's terrifically consistent at coming in just above average for genre unknown to lesser known authors. I enjoy his imagination and originality, thoug ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: request-author
The titular story, Wrathbone, was a fantastically disturbing read. The unreliable narrator - was he crazy? wasn't he? - was used to the fullest advantage here. That narration combined with Parent's flair for describing mind-melting scenes of horror delivered pure awesomeness. Henry Rathbone was a figure I desperately wanted to save. I felt a surprising amount of pity for him rather quickly. I found myself actually hoping things would work out for the best for the family. (Which is unusual consid ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am usually wary about reading short stories even from authors I enjoy because short stories seem to be a lost art (to me anyway). I had high hopes when I started reading "Wrathbone and Other Stories" as I had read a previous novel by Jason Parent that was outstanding. Needless to say, I was definitely not disappointed but found myself enjoying these tales even more than "Seeing Evil". I made sure to read one story a night to make it last and my only regret is that I did not wait until Hallowee ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection of five tales by Jason Parent were all devilishly good.
Wrathbone was the longest of the stories and started out a bit slower than the others but gradually built to a feverish pitch of horror.

"Wings like those of a bat's reached from his back to the walls, scraping along them, wilting the paint and rotting the wood."

My absolute favorite was "The Only Good Lawyer"
Bradley is a slick and sleazy defense attorney who has made his living representing guilty clients. Justice may fin
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jason Parent is good. I like his style. He tells a mighty fine story. Stories, I should say. I have read several of his works and have enjoyed them all.

Wrathbone and Other Stories is a solid collection of dark fiction tales. Each with their own voice and not a bad one among them. Well done.
Vicki Willis
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great collection of stories. They were all good for me, but my favorites were The Only Good Lawyer, For the Birds and Revenge is a Dish. They all had a creep factor that I loved! The Only Good Lawyer and Revenge is a Dish had some great karma - watch how you treat people everyone! For the Birds had my saying "Wtf? Who thinks of that?!"
This was a new author for me and I will definitely be checking out his other work. I am interested in reading more. I read this in a group read that he
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

A compelling introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke sets the stage in this collection by Jason Parent. The eponymous story, "Wrathbone," offers a stunning, terrifying perceptive, view of insanity--and it is insanity suffered by Henry Rathbone for forty-five years. Whether the visions are simply miscues of his own fouled and disordered mind, brought about by an onset of PTSD at the assassination of President Lincoln, or the events truly are superna
Nev Murray
"Another constant throughout this collection is the strength of the writing. Jason Parent is a master of controlling how you perceive the characters and the events in these stories, making sure you read it exactly how he wants you to read it."

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Adam Light
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable collection from the always enjoyable Parent. Loved it.
Michelle Stockard Miller
There's nothing quite like a book of really great short stories. And, to be honest, horror short stories are really the only short stories I read. I'm not really a fan of the medium. However, the horror genre just seems to fit with short stories. For those of us who love the genre, the horror short story is like being deliciously frightened, over and over again.

Parent does not disappoint with this collection. Each story plays on an aspect of human nature and that person's demise, or downfall, at
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author for a copy of this collection of short stories which I chose to review and provide an honest opinion on.

Set in various locations in the US as well as time periods, I might add, this collection of short stories sees the reader faced with how our minds can really mess with us if we allow our demons to take hold. It is almost a journey into madness with the end question being – will you come out the other side unscathed? ….ummm….No!

I won’t go over each story individually as
Sherry Fundin
After reading Kealon Patrick Burke’s rousing recommendation and knowing from previous Jason Parent works, I’m eager to read this collection of short stories. The writing is top notch, the evil ever present and the suspense…well you won’t forget these stories any time soon.

I will start with a review of the entire collection, and afterwords, give you a little taste of what’s to come.

I pictured the scenes as a movie unwinding in my mind’s eye, making me wonder, “How in the hell do you dream this st
Catherine Cavendish
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started to read the first story - the novella, Wrathbone - I was reminded of the dark, Gothic atmospheric writing of M.R. James and Susan Hill (Woman in Black and others). This hooked me. The first story also combined my favourite elements - history and horror. The intriguing story of Major Rathbone and Clara Harris - guests of President Lincoln and his wife on that fateful night in 1865 - is a winner. The four short stories are dark, twisted in all the right places and don't hold b ...more
Angela Crawford
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wrathbone and Other Stories is a collection of short stories that you don't want to miss! All of these stories would have gotten at least a four star rating on it's own put them together and you get a phenomenal anthology. The stories range from the a historical look at a man who is haunted by the tragic events at Ford's Theater to an updated version of The Picture of Dorian Gray . Revenge Is A Dish, which makes a beach side bar-b-que stomach turning, The Only Good Lawyer, where a dirty lawyer l ...more
A very good collection of creepy stories. My favorite is the only good lawyer.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris were invited by President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln to attend the showing of American Cousin at the Ford Theater. President Lincoln, was shot and killed that night. Rathbone felt very guilty, because he could do anything to stop the assassination. The guilt would haunt him for the rest of his life. The Demons told him, that he failed the President and that he killed him.

" Dorian Mirror"
All the women wanted to be with Dorian. He was a model and in b
Zakk Madness
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Late October evenings beckon for the enjoyment of dark fiction. Don’t get me wrong, horror is a year round thirst. But it’s when the nights start to get longer and take on a bit of a chill that the yearning turns into a need. Enter Jason Parent with a collection of top shelf horror to fit the bill. Sit back, relax, and allow Mr. Parent to pour you five fingers of superb, at moments exceptional, terror.

Wrathbone and Other Stories, five tales of the good stuff kicks off with a fantastic piece. A m
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4/5 Highly recommended. One of the best horror collections I've ever read. It's rare to enjoy all of the stories in a collection but all 5 of these were great.

I won't add a synopsis for each of the stories, as the description when you click on the book does it better than I could.

The title story, WRATHBONE, is the longest story in the collection. I enjoy classic books but sometimes it feels more like I'm enduring them because of the writing style. As much as I like them I mind it hard to settle
Sarah Joint
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I was a bit wary going into this. I very rarely read collections of short stories. In fact, I can't remember the last time I read one! I'm so happy I gave it a chance. Each story is masterfully written, nerve-racking, and intense. And yes, very creepy. At times disgusting. And I loved it. I even jumped at one point when interrupted. I decided to take a short break after each story to digest them but read the whole book in the same night. Now it's two in the morning and my brain ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
This collection includes five short stories:

Wrathbone - This story was scary because there really was no supernatural aspects per say, but just the story of a man falling slowly into a madness that ultimately consumes him.

The Only Good Lawyer:Although a predictable story-line, I felt compelled to find out how the story ends.

Dorian's Mirror: A great take on the story of "The Picture of Dorian Gray.." But like the first story, was all the terror in the narrators head?

For the Birds: My least favori
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of short stories. It doesn't disappoint. I won't go into too many details, but each story is different in style and technique. I highly recommend it to horror fans. ...more
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In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he

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