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Deadman's Tome: Monsters Exist

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for wh ...more
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Candace Robinson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When there are multiple stories by different writers it is super hard to rate because some I loved more than others. I really enjoyed Braun's story, but I have read another book of hers that I loved as well, so her writing just calls out to me. Another one that stood out to me was Demmer's story! I love pretty much anything to do with monsters, so I was ready to read this. It was a fun and awesome ride! Review on my blog
I admit it, I like to have the heck scared out of me. DEADMAN’S TOME: MONSTERS EXIST just happens to have a creepy collage of short stories guaranteed to at least have even the darkest minds looking over their shoulder looking for monsters. What kind of monsters, you ask? From rodents to dark legends to quite possibly your next door neighbor, for every imagination there lurks a monster and for every monster, there is an author doing their best to keep you up all night, locked in the safety of yo ...more
Leo Robertson
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You might think, 'Oh, so Leo has a story in this and he's giving it 5*?' I see.

But did you learn yourself the following possibilities:
- I'm my own favourite author
- I know the market and wouldn't see my story in a book I didn't think would turn out great, and this anthology is no exception?

Well I am and I do it isn't xD

The brief was to take a mythology and contemporise it, and all authors did so wonderfully and made it their own. There's such a range of different styles and tones and yet the boo
The Grim Reader
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I set the bar very high for anthologies. Why? because I’ve read some incredible books over the past 18 months and in these were some incredible short stories. Monsters Exist features a number of writers that I am acquainted with, though I never let this get in the way of me posting my honest opinion.

I much prefer a themed anthology rather than one that merely collects a number of “horror” stories that have little connection with each other. Monsters Exist is about…wait for it….MONSTERS! I like m
Thanks to Leo X. Robertson (contributor) and to the staff at Deadman's Tome for this Advance Review Copy.

The short stories in this anthology have as their unifying theme the existence of monsters taken from the folklore of various countries or even from pop culture. These include such cryptid creatures as goat-men, giant apes, preternaturally predatory spiders, vengeful fairies, seductive kelpies, bloodthirsty chupacabras and other entities that lurk on the fringes of existence and in the shadow
Rebecca Gransden
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun anthology of monster mayhems. Mythological and cryptozoological critters variously terrorise and rudely interrupt. A coalition of creatures featured in chaos, they strike sometimes with shadowy stalk, other times with blatant ferocity. I liked the trigger of the shorthand familiar settings for the genre, the stories mainlining without pause, arriving impregnated with the magic snicker of horror history gloriously hand-me-downed. All the better for having that used musk attached.

There are a
B.P. Gregory
What are we reading?: Deadman’s Tome, Monsters Exist, edited by Mr Deadman and Theresa Braun.

Give me the short version: No, really, it’s all in the title.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, online horror magazine Deadman’s Tome (founded 2008 as Demonic Tome) has been rapidly spreading its tentacles of outré horror. Monsters Exist is a wonderfully neat concept with wide appeal; short stories about monsters; and from a publisher known for edginess this collection is actually very accessible – you
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult fans of: short horror stories and gruesome monsters
Recommended to Courtney by: Booktasters
"Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?"

Deadman's Tome: Monsters Exist is a compilation of fourteen short stories written by fourteen different authors. These authors probe into the world's darkest mysteries, creatively shine light on things that shouldn't be and expertly play on our biggest fears.

While all of these stories vary in plots and all have their own twists and turns, this anthology follows a them
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, of course they do. Because otherwise what sort of a bland unexciting world are we living in. This collection was just lovely, every story featured a different monster and every story was good, really good. Well written, atmospheric, original, eerie, occasionally genuinely scary. For a collection of unknown authors that's quite an accomplishment and kudos must be given to the editors, whose stories also appear within this anthology. Relatively slender volume, ended up a one sitting read, 8 ...more
Nicki Markus
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-horror
As always when rating anthologies, you have to try to find a happy medium, which is why I'm giving Monsters Exist four stars. There were a few stories that, on their own, would have merited five stars, but then there were also a few others that didn't impress me so much, so I've taken a middle ground. I should say straight up that I am not much of a horror reader these days and if the theme hadn't grabbed me when the review request came through, I'd probably have declined. In the end, I'm glad I ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, booktasters
I love books of this type. So often I find authors whose work I want to investigate further. This book was no exception. The only author I whose work I had read previously was Theresa Bruan.

I was thrilled with the stories I found in Monsters Exist. There is a good mix of stories in this book. We start with rats which nearly killed me. I have been disturbed by rats ever since I watched the movies Willard and Ben. Anyone remember those movies? My skin was crawling and i knew not even a nightlight
Happy Booker
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a horror fiction book written as a collection of stories by several authors. What makes this book special is its diversity and selection of various style of writing and skills combined into one. Each author tells a story and each one is as captivating as the next.

Master Vermin is a story about rats with a surprising ending. Legend Trippers is an urban legend where a Goat man entices his victims in front of a running train. The Murder of Crows is about a woman who gets into a taxi where t
Nia Ireland
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

This book is an absolute gem - every single story in this collection was strong and I enjoyed them all. Even though each story followed a similar theme (monsters. duh.), they didn't get samey despite there being 14 stories altogether.

That being said, I definitely had my favourites in this collection - 'The Voice from the Bottom of the Well' by Philip W. Kleaver and 'Eclipse at Wolfcreek' by Sylvia Mann and 'Never Sleep Again' by Calvin Demmer.

Of the three of these authors, I've only ever read Ca
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, horror
A creepy mixture of 14 short horror stories featuring monsters. Packed into these short tales are twists and mutations of the typical creature stories. Really quick reads, loaded with monsters to haunt your nightmares. Mythological and cryptozoological critters. Stories that bring urban legends to life. That play on your fears. These are the monsters that lurk within your imagination, and the ones that live next door, or down the well in the woods. There’s demonic sacrificing fairies, The Goatma ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I enjoyed the variety of the monsters and some of these stories are really excellent. My review will be posted at The Scary Reviews, here is the link
David Watson
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you were a kid did you think monsters existed? Well they do exist and they’re everywhere, there are too many stories about monsters to think otherwise. The preface for Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist edited by Mr. Deadman and Theresa Braun tells us that . There are 14 tales here about monsters that some believe really exist. I loved all the stories in this collection and couldn’t decide what to focus on since they all fit so well together so I decided to give info on each one:

Master Vermin b
Eddie Generous
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unnerving Magazine Review
The collection opens with something right up my alley of preference thanks to a one Mr. James Herbert. Wallace Boothill brings the rats. This story is fast and yet somewhat sprawling, seeping from the norm into an oddity. It really was a bit of fun, probably my favorite of the bunch.
The animals kept up with Theresa Braun’s tale of a dastardly behooved beast playing hell on dumbasses young and old. It’s a story that essentially boils down to tempting fate. From there, thi
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This anthology is a product of many talented writers and is pretty fantastic! But, I’m going to review one story in particular.

This one is by Theresa Braun, who not only contributed her creepy story, but edited the tome alongside Mr. Deadman.

Legend Trippers by Theresa Braun

Definition: "Legend tripping, also known as ostension, is a name recently bestowed by folklorists and anthropologists on an adolescent practice (containing elements of a rite of passage) in which a usually furtive nocturnal pi
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an anthology, 14 authors have contributed shorts stories with the theme of Monsters Exist ? The stories explore various monsters, some feature in folklore, myth and urban legends, they are stories we are told as children to keep us in line such as; the monster under the bed, the monster in the lake or in the well.

Monster stories have always been around. This collection of stories tap into what we believed as children, then challenges what we think we do not believe as adults. Are we real
Nada Sobhi

Monsters Exist is a collection of 14 short stories from the worlds of horror and often the dark paranormal, written by a great assortment of horror-writing authors, most of whose names already strike fear in the reader! "Kleaver, Buller, Demmer, Deadman…"

I'm commenting on each story and giving it a rating, apart from the overall rating of the whole anthology.

"Master Vermin" by Wallace Boothill
The anthology opens with an interesting piece that is different from what you'd define as horror. There
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I never thought I would be a horror reader. Honestly, just not my usual jam. However, these days I find it appearing more and more in my inbox. That being said, sometimes I find myself actually enjoying the story. One can get extremely creative with horror. There are so many dark corners one can unearth that no one else has dared to put into words. As a result, I find that I am much more critical when evaluating the success of a horror story. I am looking for it to evoke strong emotions in me an ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed reading anthologies, particularly those with a theme. Monsters Exist ticks that box nicely by having 14 tales all about Monsters. I was not familiar with any of the authors prior to reading this book, something which may be of benefit as I would then have no expectations based on previous reading experience.

There are not many anthologies I've read that have had a 100% hit rate. In fact from memory there are 2, Clive Barker's Books of Blood and my current book of the year, Ric
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
(review request submitted by the author Gary Buller for an honest critique) 

Upon the pages of Monsters Exist, a reader will embark on spine-tingling adventure where some stories are full of immense blood and gore. Some are so damn freaky but I was shuddering in my seat. For example, the first short story “Master Vermin” by Wallace Boothill, there’s just something about rats that just gives me the willies. If one average size rodent doesn’t make you scream and go running for the hills, then try b
Tina Collins
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The question as to whether monsters truly exist has been asked for tens and thousands of years. No doubt that they lurked exactly where you thought they had when you were a child.

The monsters in Deadman’s Tome Monsters Exist are those that belong only in your worst nightmare. You can relate to them only because you already knew of their existence. You had seen them. Only now do you feel vindicated as you’ve now discovered you are not alone in your beliefs.

Deadman’s Tome is set to become a classi
Cyrene Olson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of tale tales and urban legends by a whole bunch of different authors with a theme that monsters really exist. There was a few gems hidden among this book for those in the book that held my attention. Others failed to leave a lasting impression on me. That’s not to say the book isn’t good just wasn’t for me hopefully there’s a good audience of readers out there that will just eat this book up for Halloween.
For fans of urban legends, horror and monsters. Reviewed by Jennifer
Charlotte Simmons
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ebook provided by the authors via @Reader's House on Twitter,in exchange for an honest review.I love these horror anthologies,especially the themed ones.I really like to see what each writer does with the same theme.Also a great way to be introduced to new authors,and I don't believe I've read any of these guys.This was a strong compilation with well written short stories.I hope there will be more of these Deadman collections,and will be looking for more works by these authors.Good scary stuff a ...more
Kerstin Vollbrecht
Deadman's Tome is a collection of short stories about different "monsters" which are sometimes creepy, sometimes just nice to read. As they are from different authors, they are quite differently written, but put together in this tome, they fit together well.
The plots are short and precise, narrating the latest event in the history of those monsters by their victim. As there are quite since differences, it's a little bit difficult to write a more detailed review, but one thing that stands out is
Corina Marian
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Firstly, thank you! Theresa Braun for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

It's a great gathering of spooky stories fo those who enjoy to be scared.
Aldoe I can't bring myself to like horror stories I managed to read all of them till the end and discovered that most of my childhood fears have ganged up in one book.

If you are a fan of dark things , gore and morbid situations this is the right choice for you since it gives you a bit of everything plus the chance to explore different autho
Elizabeth Lance
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Monsters Exist is a wonderful collection of creepy and scary stories that will keep you up at night! The perfect book to read around a campfire just before Halloween, some of the stories are better than others, but they are all very well written. I look for more by these authors.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding collection of stories.. I now a bunch of new authors to follow up on.
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Hmmm. What's this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she's weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It's kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she's from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She's reall