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Blood Drops: A Collection of Horror Short Stories

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Includes story "Her" - along with three never before published works.

Whether we are following WB through a grim future where human meat is on the market, or trailing slowly behind while she introduces us to Marie Laveua's daughter, you can be certain of one thing: you will be surprised. The best and the most brutal of WB's works has been brought together in this
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Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published December 16th 2018
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C.D. Tavenor
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
So we'll preface this review with the following disclaimer: I never read horror. Ever.

Yet so many people recommended this book, I had to give it a shot. And as a short story anthology, it was a quick read, with only 100 or so pages. Most of the stories take less than five minutes to read, which made it easy to digest.

Something visceral pulled me from story to story as I read Blood Drops. WB Welch explores the darkest emotions of humanity, from torture to fear to hate to anger to death to life
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Mrs. Y
Almost every book that I have read this month was a review request or a fan request. On this final day of January, I wanted to go out of this month with a book that wasn’t a request, as much as something I’ve meant to read for some time. The one we are going to be reviewing is something I have intended to read for some time. I also love short stories, and this is a collection of them! Make sure you keep S’More ingredients handy, be sure to check out the special on meat at the store, and to ...more
Shanna Swenson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of gripping horror stories pulled me in from the first story and had we wanting more in the end. The tales were dark, disturbing and beautifully depicted. WB writes with a poet's soul as she weaves story after story of profound suspense, heart-pounding thrills, and sheer terror. She made me feel like I was there with each one of them, taking me into the mind of a killer, into the heart of an addict and into the room with Death.

She writes stories that call to our deepest
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Dawn Hosmer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written collection of short stories along the lines of Stephen King and the Twilight Zone. WB Welch does an amazing job at pulling the reader into her stories, allowing you to get to know them even though they are short stories. Her writing is succinct, evocative and thrilling. I don't generally read horror because I frighten easily. These stories had the perfect amount of creepiness that I could enjoy them without them causing sleepless nights. I look forward to reading more by ...more
Well Read Beard
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Horrifying little collection of shorts. "Undo" was a two page gut punch. "Girl In the Pink Coat" was extremely sad - it was the last story in the book and closes it out by getting you right in the feels. "Mall Food" also a 2 pager was wild, so poignant with all the mass shootings happening. "Laveau" felt extremely original. "The Look" - well I have a 14 year old daughter, I cringed through most of it, Mark got off easy. "Love/Death" was probably my favorite - A neglected girl driven to killing ...more
The Mad Minstrel
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Horror has become so aggressive these last few years, with people thinking gratuitous gore and violence can replace the heart of a story. Blood Drops takes us back to classic psychological thrillers with short stories that will stay with you long after the book is closed.
Cindy
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quick-reads
A very enjoyable collection of horror shorts. While I personally feel some (like The Look) did not quite fit with the rest of the stories, it was still a very enjoyable read. I find myself rereading a few (Mall Food, Lauveu, The Water Stain, and House arrest) repeatedly because they stick with me. All in all, I look forward to more from this author!
MB Davis
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't read horror very much, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. These short stores range from thought provoking to creating a perfectly eerie mood. Each one has something truly unique to offer. This should definitely be on your TBR for any fan of horror or short stories.
Trey Stone
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great captivating writing. One of the better short story collections and some of the best horror I've read in ages. Welch's writing is gorgeous and these stories are fantastic. Welch has a way of writing these beautiful, delicate passages, and then suddenly hitting us with the cold, hard truth. It's refreshing. I loved that there's a very wide range of themes, though all were horror, there was a lot of variation in execution. It made every story feel new and fresh, and extra horrifying. You ...more
Lacey
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories has everything. I loved it and didn’t want to put it down. The stories were quick and left you wanting more.
L.P. Ring
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some riveting stories in this collection and my main regret is that so many of them (at sometimes only around two pages) weren't longer. The writer has a great imagination for identifying the macabre in often everyday objects and her descriptions and turns of phrase are often top-notch. Just wish there was a little more to some of them.
Tory Hunter
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blood Drops eviscerates you, and then speaks softly to you as you lay dying. There are 18 stories, some so short they're over in a minute, others longer but still concise, and one much more substantial story, "The Look," that not only stands out in length but is the beating heart of the collection.

Blood Drops begins with all the makings of traditional horror and comedy. Killers and demons and things that go bump in the night. As you progress through the stories, though, the tone shifts, and you
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Teresa Hurst
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horror is supposed to make you uncomfortable. WB Welch manages to pull this off brilliantly in this collection of short stories. Whether it be the sale of human flesh, the possibility of an immortal child, or a mass murder at a mall -- she's going to make you cringe. Well Done!
MJBurroughs
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood Drops by WB Welch is a collection of shorts that take place in the fascinating genre of horror. The book contains just under twenty stories of varying lengths and subjects. While the most notable tales have the typical beginning-middle-end manner of exposition, I was most intrigued by the inclusion of several bite-sized works as well. The second story, “Undo” isn’t so much a story as it is an anecdote of about three e-reader pages in length. The mother of an infant child recounts a brief ...more
Cal P.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was given a copy by a friend and am leaving a voluntary review.

Blood Drops is a chilling collection of short stories from author WB Welch. Since it's a (rather short) compilation instead of a novel, this review will be brief, since I can't dissect elements like plot and character development as I normally would.

Let's cut to the chase. Blood Drops is fantastic. I read it in two sittings, and had I not started reading it half an hour before I was supposed to go to bed, I would have
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Boris Slocum
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book without loving it, and if half stars were an option, I think I would give this 3.5 stars. It suffers from a couple of defects and has several virtues.

The writer Christopher Hitchens once said that a writer has to live up to his/her subtitle. W.B. falls short of that mark. Blood Drops is many things, but I don't think it rises to the level of horror. What the author provides is a series of short stories (most of them, in fact, are merely vignettes) that are deeply unnerving at
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J.M. Brister
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A Review of Blood Drops: A Collection of Horror Short Stories

Author: WB Welch

Edition: Kindle

Published: December 16, 2018

I occasionally dabble in the horror genre, though it’s definitely not my favorite. However, I will say that WB Welch’s collection of short horror stories in Blood Drops was a great read. Each story was beautifully written—almost poetic in its structure and diction. The stories were varied in both length and content. There’s a little something for every horror fan in this
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Katia M. Davis
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a pretty short read. I got through it in about an hour and a half. I'd not necessarily call the stories terrifying tales, more like somewhat odd and disturbing. I enjoyed "The Look" the most as it delved into a taboo subject from multiple points of view. I also enjoyed "Laveau" because the idea of a creature wearing another's skin as we would clothes was appealing, especially since they had no voice unless they were in a skin.

I did find it a bit repetitive in places. For instance,
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C.K. Larsen
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I’ve read a horror novel, but after finishing this collection of short stories, I know now what I’ve been missing! The author drags in unsuspecting readers, kicking and screaming; then, splatters them with tales of gore and thrilling chills, leaving the readers loving every minute. Each story is sprinkled with enticing promises of mischief and mayhem, and makes the tales more delectable with slicing scenes of terrifying antagonists. One of my favorites, Siren, comes ...more
Shannon Rohrer
3.5 stars

This was a fairly quick and easy read, as I was able to complete it within a day.

The stories were concise and got straight to the heart of things, though in all honesty, I did find them to be a bit too short even where short stories are concerned (at least a handful of them). For some of the stories, I found myself thrown into things too quickly to really get much of a feel for the characters involved, and thus, too quickly to form an opinion on them or to become invested. But I think
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E.J. Dawson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the kind of horror collection I missed from my childhood. Those stories that left you awake at 1am at 12 years old... Many of them contain far more adult themes but some of them leave you with the same sensation, afraid to close your eyes...

I felt that in some regard these stories would have been better off being more thoroughly invested in, some were just a few sentences and it felt like too much was crammed into those story. Others were quite random, and I felt these stories could be
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Guy Worthey
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A winceworthy short story collection

This book is definitely for grownups, very bloody and occasionally graphic as regards sexuality. The blood level varies from, indeed, drops, to many gallons.

The writing here is very good, but what makes this collection shine is the author's ability to take the reader on the arcs of her characters' emotional journeys. Now, said journey could be lust, envy, or sloth, so none of these stories end in happily-ever-after, but I guess that's to be expected in the
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Andrew
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually give this 3.5 stars, but Goodreads doesn't allow for half stars so we round down to 3.

An interesting collection of shorts pieces (some barely even a page), only a few which I would truly classify as 'horror'. As with many such anthologies, it's a mixed bag, with some I outright loved (specifically "Her"- which reminds me of a short piece of mine own- "Undo", "Siren", "Meat Aisle", and "Antics") as well as quite a bit of filler. Not stuff I disliked per se (as I don't believe I
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Ritu Bhathal
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been hearing a lot about this particular collection of horror shorts, especially on Social Media, so was drawn to read it.
Horror is not my go-to genre - I always assume it will end up as a blood and guts filled massacre or haunting stories...
However, I was pleasantly surprised by this collection of stories that had their fill of gore, but a lot more psychological horror elements to them.
Author W.B. Welch has created a lot of striking characters and situations that stick with you, despite
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Evelyn Chartres
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood Drops by author W.B. Welch is more than just a collection of horror stories. Each take something familiar and adds just enough distilled horror to leave an impression lingering on your mind.

This book is a quick read, and features chapters that are of varying lengths. I found that the one to two page stories had the most impact overall. Every chapter is just the right length to have an effect, be it by leaving me stunned or looking over my shoulder just in case. This author has really
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Cheryl Lawson
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously dark collection of short stories that bring to life a spectrum of horrors, both real and imagined. The author shows no end of imagination in creating her chilling tales. I am usually not a fan of horror, so it struck me as ironic and humourous that I just, couldn't look away! The more I read, the more I wanted to read and before I knew, it I was clicking past the last page and lamenting the end of the collection.
I recommend Blood Drops to anyone who enjoys a variety of texture to
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Paulette Wiles
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed WB Welch’s anthology of horror shorts very much! She has a terse, fast-paced writing style that makes you turn the pages as quickly as you can. Her stories are the perfect *palate cleansers* when you need a break from a longer piece you’re currently reading, which is how I read this book.

Her stories are visceral, sometimes gut-wrenchingly graphic, so be prepared. All good art makes you feel something, and Welch delivers. One of the brightest and best indie authors I’ve had the
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Rebecca MacCeile
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick Read, Spooky Fun

The collection of tales in Blood Drops are often predictable, but still engaging enough to keep your attention. I picked it up on a whim as a free download and finished it in one sitting. A great start to the Fall season. Each story had its strengths, although I particularly loved The Pink Coat. The only thing I have to say is that many of the stories left me wanting more. I felt there was a disproportionate amount of cliff hangers as opposed to completed stories. Still a
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Bradley Poage
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for some awesome horror short stories to take up a lunch, or relax before bed, look no further than Blood Drops. I loved this collection of horror shorts. What really drew my attention happened to be the settings and stories because each one is unique and different. W. B. does a great job setting a chilling stage in each story and as with every great collection, no story is the same. What I particularly loved about the stories of this collection? The sheer shock. Some of these ...more
Lilly Piper
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superb collection of horror, mystery, and psychological thrills.

Blood Drops is saturated with beautiful writing and gripping tension, rocketing the reader through a delightfully dark ride of emotion. This is one of few books I simply couldn't put down – and I'll eagerly read again. The last story, Girl in the Pink Coat, was my favourite, but every single one was stellar. I'm excited to read more by W B Welch.
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