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Till the Score is Paid is Gemma Amor's follow-up collection to 2018’s critically acclaimed Cruel Works of Nature. This collection deals with:

Lost dogs
Mountain streams
Halloween costumes
Mysterious gravediggers
Locked basements
Hiking with friends
Daddy-daughter dates
Strange prisons
Birthday cakes
Cultists

...and so much more. With her signature flair of emotional horror, Amor
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Paperback, First Printing Special Edition, 254 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Giles Press
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]


Unsurprisingly, Gemma Amor has done it again and has completely amazed me with how much terror and emotion she can fit into such short, tidy little stories! I first was introduced to Gemma's work through The NoSleep Podcast, and thoroughly enjoyed an earlier collection of hers (Cruel Works of Nature), so I went into Till the Score is Paid with high hopes and was not let down in the slightest.

With many short story collections all from the same author, I whittle my review down only to my
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Matt (TeamRedmon)
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Amor has hit it out of the park again with this collection of stories. The stories in this book deal with a variety of subjects. There are lost dogs, creeks in the woods, seeking justice, crazy kids, monsters under the bed, cults, and more. These stories are hard-hitting and emotional often dealing with deeply emotional subjects. It's clear to me that Gemma Amor writes with her heart on her sleeve and blood in her ink. Stories that I particularly enjoyed here were: Have You Seen My Dog, ...more
Aiden Merchant
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5.0

ATTENTION: We have yet another release from Gemma Amor, and that is cause for celebration. This year, I have read three of her books ("Grief Is a False God" set to be my fourth before the New Year), and it was time well spent. Now, just as 2019 is closing, we have a new collection, one that proves once more that Gemma has no problem digging deep into your psyche with her stories.

I will start by saying, admittedly, I wasn't feeling the instant awe as I did with "Cruel Works of Nature"
...more
Linsey Knerl
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow. So, there comes a book from time to time that forces you to redefine your definition of a "5-star" book. This is one of those books.

I am not one to read a short story collection straight through. I tend to feel overwhelm at all of the settings and characters and resolutions and not resolutions and feelings and everything. It tires me. TILL THE SCORE IS PAID is arranged so beautifully, however, that you will not grow weary reading it. Each story pushes you through to the next, until that
...more
Chester LeBunbun
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Up front: Giles Press was nice enough to furnish me with a review copy.

I don't read a lot of horror--I listen to it. In fact that's how I became aware of Gemma's work, from her contributions to the NoSleepPodcast. Other than that, the only other horror writer I've read, is Stephen King. I think maybe it's because, it's hard to be scared when the distractions of reading are so easily conjured--daylight, noise, children, work, kitchens that need cleaning, etc. That said--Till the Score is Paid
...more
Dave
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, horror-bound
Till the Score is Paid takes readers through 11 very different and unique tales of terror. She takes us through contact with (and through) the other side, eco-horror, and folklore giving each story her special mark. The emotion and passion she infused into each story is amazing, hooking the reader from word one and carrying us through until the end. While all of the stories are excellent, one in particular really stood out to me: Justine. Wow. Just, wow. I know that doesn’t say much, but this ...more
Heather
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have You Seen My Dog? is an unusual ghost story with a very non-stereotypical beginning, end, and middle. There’s a dog who does impossible things, and a poor doctor who’s having a very bad time of things. She keeps running into a possibly-demented old man who accuses her of having his missing dog. And he gets violent when he gets angry.

Pure Water is a short-but-quite-creepy story about why not every stream you run across while hiking is necessarily all pure and healthy to drink from.

Justine
...more
Brennan LaFaro
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There has been a lot of discussion in the horror community lately about trigger warnings contained in books labelled as horror. Whatever side of the fence you may fall on, Gemma Amor’s introduction serves as an establishment of theme, as well as notifying readers that potentially troubling subjects will be covered in the stories they are about to read. Amor gives us enough warning that any reader who find themselves wanting to avoid spoilers can get out before they arrive and skip right to the ...more
Victoria
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I keep hearing about Gemma Amor all over social media and have acquired a few of her books but since I review ARCs all the time, I never really got around to reading her work until I got this surprise copy in the mail (thank you Josh!).

I LOVE horror anthologies and have read quite a few. These horror stories are beautifully written and gripping and have excellent illustrations for each story. One fun thing I noticed is that you really don't know how these stories will end until you get there
...more
Maurício  da Fonte Filho
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great anthology of short stories by author Gemma Amor. Filled with many memorable stories, ranging from terrifying (such as 'Rat Girl') to bittersweet (such as 'Caleb').
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ginathebibliohoe
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Dec 22, 2019
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]


Unsurprisingly, Gemma Amor has done it again and has completely amazed me with how much terror and emotion she can fit into such short, tidy little stories! I first was introduced to Gemma's work through The NoSleep Podcast, and thoroughly enjoyed an earlier collection of hers (Cruel Works of Nature), so I went into Till the Score is Paid with high hopes and was not let down in the slightest.

With many short story collections all from the same author, I whittle my review down only to my
...more
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Amor has hit it out of the park again with this collection of stories. The stories in this book deal with a variety of subjects. There are lost dogs, creeks in the woods, seeking justice, crazy kids, monsters under the bed, cults, and more. These stories are hard-hitting and emotional often dealing with deeply emotional subjects. It's clear to me that Gemma Amor writes with her heart on her sleeve and blood in her ink. Stories that I particularly enjoyed here were: Have You Seen My Dog, ...more
Aiden Merchant
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5.0

ATTENTION: We have yet another release from Gemma Amor, and that is cause for celebration. This year, I have read three of her books ("Grief Is a False God" set to be my fourth before the New Year), and it was time well spent. Now, just as 2019 is closing, we have a new collection, one that proves once more that Gemma has no problem digging deep into your psyche with her stories.

I will start by saying, admittedly, I wasn't feeling the instant awe as I did with "Cruel Works of Nature"
...more
Linsey Knerl
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow. So, there comes a book from time to time that forces you to redefine your definition of a "5-star" book. This is one of those books.

I am not one to read a short story collection straight through. I tend to feel overwhelm at all of the settings and characters and resolutions and not resolutions and feelings and everything. It tires me. TILL THE SCORE IS PAID is arranged so beautifully, however, that you will not grow weary reading it. Each story pushes you through to the next, until that
...more
Chester LeBunbun
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Up front: Giles Press was nice enough to furnish me with a review copy.

I don't read a lot of horror--I listen to it. In fact that's how I became aware of Gemma's work, from her contributions to the NoSleepPodcast. Other than that, the only other horror writer I've read, is Stephen King. I think maybe it's because, it's hard to be scared when the distractions of reading are so easily conjured--daylight, noise, children, work, kitchens that need cleaning, etc. That said--Till the Score is Paid
...more
Dave
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, horror-bound
Till the Score is Paid takes readers through 11 very different and unique tales of terror. She takes us through contact with (and through) the other side, eco-horror, and folklore giving each story her special mark. The emotion and passion she infused into each story is amazing, hooking the reader from word one and carrying us through until the end. While all of the stories are excellent, one in particular really stood out to me: Justine. Wow. Just, wow. I know that doesn’t say much, but this ...more
Brennan LaFaro
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There has been a lot of discussion in the horror community lately about trigger warnings contained in books labelled as horror. Whatever side of the fence you may fall on, Gemma Amor’s introduction serves as an establishment of theme, as well as notifying readers that potentially troubling subjects will be covered in the stories they are about to read. Amor gives us enough warning that any reader who find themselves wanting to avoid spoilers can get out before they arrive and skip right to the ...more
Heather
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have You Seen My Dog? is an unusual ghost story with a very non-stereotypical beginning, end, and middle. There’s a dog who does impossible things, and a poor doctor who’s having a very bad time of things. She keeps running into a possibly-demented old man who accuses her of having his missing dog. And he gets violent when he gets angry.

Pure Water is a short-but-quite-creepy story about why not every stream you run across while hiking is necessarily all pure and healthy to drink from.

Justine
...more
Victoria
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I keep hearing about Gemma Amor all over social media and have acquired a few of her books but since I review ARCs all the time, I never really got around to reading her work until I got this surprise copy in the mail (thank you Josh!).

I LOVE horror anthologies and have read quite a few. These horror stories are beautifully written and gripping and have excellent illustrations for each story. One fun thing I noticed is that you really don't know how these stories will end until you get there
...more
Maurício  da Fonte Filho
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great anthology of short stories by author Gemma Amor. Filled with many memorable stories, ranging from terrifying (such as 'Rat Girl') to bittersweet (such as 'Caleb').
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I'm a horror fiction author, podcaster, artist and voice actor from Bristol, in the U.K.

I write for the wildly popular NoSleep Podcast and various other horror fiction audio dramas. I'm also writing, producing and acting in two shows, 'Calling Darkness', and 'Whisper Ridge', out in 2019. My first anthology of short stories, 'Cruel Works of Nature', was released in 2018, and my next book is the
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