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Sea monkeys. 3-D specs. Hypno-coins. Ant farms. Kryptonite rocks. Miniature submarines made from cardboard. All available for a buck or less from the back page of comic books. And we blew our weekly allowance on these rip-offs, only to be disappointed when they turned out to be total crap.
 
But what if these bogus products had side effects not advertised? In hor
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Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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BookLoversLife
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OPTICAL DELUSION

When Martins son gets a pair of x-ray specs from the back of a comic, he isn't happy because he thinks it's a waste of money. He takes them and tries them on, and gets a flash of something when he looks at his wife. It couldn't be what he thinks it was, could it?? He tries them on again and slowly they start to work. He can see through walls and clothes. But when the glasses start fusing to his skin and he can't get them off, that's when things take a turn for the wor
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Pamela Morris
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More Fun Than A Nuclear Sub Full of Sea Monkeys All Wearing X-Ray Glasses!

Each of the stories contained within is based on the ads you might find in the back of comic books in and around 1980. The kids beg for these things, or work their butts off saving up to order something themselves, only to inadvertently be disappointed in the end. But, disappointment is the least of their worries as their orders all too quickly come back to hunt, maim, kill, devour, and/or push to the brink of
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Dallas Kitchens
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another of Hunters outstanding books. He is a house painter with words. There is just 1 issue, the description on the back does not go along with 2 of the stories. But I am a hunter file, for life.
Steve Stred
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Believe it or not, this is my first go around with Mr. Shea. While he writes creature features in the world of cryptozoology, which is directly up my alley of fun interests, I have just never read any of his stuff. Then I came across this compilation of 3 of his novellas put together as one package and jumped on it.

Novella 1 - Just Add Water. 5/5 - This was such a fun read. Lately I have read a number of fantastic horror/carnage tales where the kids are the hero's and this is right u
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Ziggy Nixon
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of 'Twilight Zone'
Was going to go with a 3 1/2 stars rating but no, to be honest, I really enjoyed this wee collection. Kept me reading until I stopped. Um, yeah. Hey, I'm not the writer here...

All kidding aside (never), this was a very good trio of well-written (and well-priced) novellas, of which I'm usually not that big a fan. I'm glad I took the dive and bought this collection vs. just the initial abbreviated story (plus, I try to never count anything less than 100 pages on my reading challenge to
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Keith
Thoroughly enjoyable! An ingenious concept — the ads at the back of comics — as a starting point, these three novellas are perfectly dramatised by GraphicAudio. Now I wait for Hunter Shea to write horror novellas using the ads at the back of the Village Voice.
Edward Brock
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember those mail order items from when I was a kid. But, they never provided that dark, creepy fun that this book does.
Lenron
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book.
Pamela Morris
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More Fun Than A Nuclear Sub Full of Sea Monkeys All Wearing X-Ray Glasses!

Each of the stories contained within is based on the ads you might find in the back of comic books in and around 1980. The kids beg for these things, or work their butts off saving up to order something themselves, only to inadvertently be disappointed in the end. But, disappointment is the least of their worries as their orders all too quickly come back to hunt, maim, kill, devour, and/or push to the brink of
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Hunter Shea is the author of over 25 books, with a specialization in cryptozoological horror that includes The Jersey Devil, The Dover Demon, Loch Ness Revenge and many others. As part of the new horror line at Flame Tree Press, his novel Creature has gained critical acclaim. His novel, The Montauk Monster, was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. A trip to the Internati ...more