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A Time For Violence: Stories with an Edge

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Throughout the years countless wordsmiths have produced their own story collections, but the book you are now holding is a love letter to the great anthologies of yesteryear, assembling stories by a variety of talents, packaged neatly and often connected by a singular theme.
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Close To The Bone
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May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Violence has always been and always will be, a constant product of human existence. Either as nations or individuals, we continue to excel in its machinations. Some very good authors have contributed to this anthology, A Time for Violence, and the editors have described it as “a love letter to the great anthologies of yesteryear.” I don’t really see it paying homage to any previous era as it has a uniqueness and relevance to current interpretation, although a violent love letter is a ta
Sarah van der Steeg
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have never entered the world of written crime noire before and was pleased to the take this opportunity of a free download for a review. I have read all the other excellent reviews on Goodreads of this book and don't think I can surpass their quality so I will just add my own impressions.

The book consists of twenty-six short stories about crime and violence. This means twenty-six different approaches and written styles. The stories are varied and each one comes as a new surprise. If you don't
Rowena Hoseason
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The short stories in this anthology provide stylish writing from 28 assorted authors, including some well-known names in the crime genre. They each take a different tack to interpret the central theme in unpredictable fashion. You can’t be certain that fate won’t deal any of the protagonists fatal slap in the face – that’s the fun of the short story. We’re less invested in the characters and the writer isn’t tied to a novel-length narrative. So absolutely anything might happen…

Some stories are i
Debbi Mack
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy short, gritty crime fiction, you need to check out this anthology.

I thoroughly enjoyed so many of the short stories featured in here. The contributors include many of my own favorite authors. Exceptional writing from authors like Max Allan Collins, Paul D. Brazill, Andrew Nette, Joe R. Lansdale, Elka Ray, Tom Vater, and Chris Roy. (To name just a few.) And, boy, that last story! "Waste Management". The name says it all.

I don’t know about you, but I love short stories. The kind you c
Jason Beech
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of crime shorts from an impressive writing crew. The standouts for me are Joe R. Lansdale’s Santa at the Cafe, Richard Chizmar’s Blood Brothers, Pail D. Brazill’s Baby’s Got a Gun, and the wild Scab by Wrath James Wright. They’re not the only excellent slices of lowlife thrills, the book is full of ripe fruit.
Full of thrills and spills.
Haley Belinda
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Time of Violence: Stories with an edge by multiple authors.
Well, here we have it! I have finished this book of approximately 28 short (ish) stories. A gripping read with a variety of crime fiction. This anthology has been gathered from authors with varying degrees of success under their belts and I would say this is going to be very popular. Many of the authors have co-written some of their stories with other well-known authors and screenwriters. The authors include Max Collins, Joe Lansdale,
J.J. White
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, A Time For Violence, Stories With An Edge, by Andy Rausch and Chris Roy, has its share of violent episodes, though few are gratuitous, and most, if not all, rely on a concise and entertaining narrative. I expected as much from the stories after agreeing to review the anthology, having read and enjoyed the short stories, novels, and novellas of several of the authors, including Stewart O’Nan, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Allan Collins, Isobel Blackthorn, and T. Fox Dunham. All 26 s ...more
Erica Henry
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I received this book via email in exchange for a review.

I did enjoy some of these stories so that's why I'm giving it this rating. The other ones, not so much. I thought they were lame and rather boring. The stories I did enjoy, I am glad I read them. The ones I didn't care for, I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time on them. All in all, it was a decent book.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark & disturbing tales of violence.
Some excellent tales that definitely got me thinking about the world about us.
Not every one was as good as the other but that’s short stories for you, that’s why there so good, you get a mix of talent & story telling.
Lena Fiala
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my opinion this is a very dark collection of mostly short stories from all kinds of different Horror/mystery/crime authors and if these are your genres then A Time For Violence will have you chew off your cuticles.
A lot of the stories were brilliant and I absorbed them in a whim, some of them I wasn't too excited About because the style of writing or topic were just not for me. There were a lot more great stories than bad ones though and I don't want to single out the ones I didn't like, over
Geetha Krishnan
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up ATime for Violence: Stories with an Edge, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was hardly my genre and though I"m a fan of short stories, no matter what the genre, the theme did make me a bit hesitant. But all those apprehensions lasted only till I started reading. It is not an exaggeration to say I was sucked in. The stories were intriguing, some were frightening, some made me feel contented, some made me despair, but all kept me at the edge of my seat. Some were a bit predic ...more
Eddy Wu
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fine and extensively varied selection of crime, horror stories that explores a multitude of people and places in time. The settings of the stories detail escalating tension between brothers; demonic possession in alternate reality; thievery with a whole lot of plot twist; real historical torture stories that dates back to the days of slavery; police gangster stories; homicide in countryside and more.

A real page turner that bring immersive experiences, the styles of writing are very diverse amo
Colin Devonshire
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of stories. Most were great, a few were weaker, that could only be expected. Well worth a read, in my opinion, tales ranked from good to brilliant.
Nick Goodsell
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
To see my full review, click HERE to see it on my website!

I don't normally turn towards short stories or compilations of them like this, but crime stories are fun for their lack of predictability, their edge, and especially when there might be an interesting social commentary to linger in your head and overtake your thoughts after you've closed the pages. There are quite a lot of different style of stories to be told that are all included in this anthology; I'd say with the wide variety that the
Issjah Olamson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea Merchak
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great stories that’ll leave you in the edge.

Although I didn’t enjoy all the stories, it wouldn’t be fair to give less than a 5-star review to “A Time For Violence”. There are 26 short stories in this book, but in despite of the fact that I didn’t like much a few of them because they are not for me, I must say they are all quite well written by very talented authors.
My favorites in order of preference were:
“The Edge” by Richard Christian Matheson – A man bored with life, only feels pleasure when
Joni Martins
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Review

Basic Details:

Book Title: A Time For Violence
Subtitle: Stories with an Edge
Author: Max Collins and others
Genre: Horror/Thriller/Mystery
Part of a series? No
Order in series:
Best read after earlier books in series? No
Overall score:
I scored this book 4/5
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Short Summary of the book:
This book is a compilation of several short stories written by multiple authors. Some stories are good, others plainly to violent to my liking and othe
Salwa Saad
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a book that gives me such an edge, just a little shiver and keeps me at the tips of my toes right to the end.
Clabe Polk
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you like your murder and mayhem? Served with a knife? A gun?
Do you prefer premeditated murder or crimes of passion; that instantaneous blast of emotion that can never be recalled. The one that will haunt you forever?

A Time for Violence is an anthology of twenty-five short, violently sweet, short stories especially for those who love to read violent crime. It is a collection of works that take no prisoners and make no apology for their violent themes. Whether you like your mayhem served b
Stephen Tester
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
While I didn’t by any means enjoy every story in this anthology, the whole point of an anthology is that you don’t have to, and I have rated this work on the merits of the stories I liked the most. A genuine crime horror fan would probably have given this work more stars than I did.

It would be fair to say that this collection has something for everyone. The short stories range from the truly creepy and unsettling to the anti-climactic, however, in tune with the title, they all have a violent edg
Megan Hinde
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing collection of short stories. Notable mentions 'Seasons Don't Fear The Reaper' by Billy Chizmar, 'Manner Of Death: Homicide' by Peter Leonard, and 'Santa At The Cafe' by Joe R. Lansdale. The running theme being karma is a bitch and there are cases for justified homicide. An enjoyable read and a welcome introduction to some new authors. ...more
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