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Shadowy Natures

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"The boundary line between instinct and reason is of a very shadowy nature.” - Edgar Allan Poe (1840).

With its twenty-one stories of serial killers and sociopaths, fixations and fetishes, breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles, Shadowy Natures leads fans of psychological horror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they
Paperback, 254 pages
Published September 10th 2020 by Dark Ink Books
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Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
These 21 dreadfully dark tales held me captive from first to last story. This is unusual for me, for as much as I love anthologies I nearly always find myself skipping one or 2 stories in a book of this size. I never hold that against them, it's only the law of averages that deems not every story can be a winner with every reader. Somehow, Shadowy Natures beat those odds, at least with me. The only negative thing I could say, is that some of the endings were a bit vague for my tastes, but even t ...more
Paul Stansfield
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
(Full disclosure--I am one of the authors who contributed to this anthology.)
This was a fun and scary mix of psychological horror stories. My personal favorites were Matthew R. Davis's "Walking on Knives" (a couple's attempt to jazz up their sex life goes terribly awry), KC Grifant's "Maternal Bond" (about a new mother dealing with severe stress and depression), and Bryan Miller's "Heart Skull Heart" (a father suspects his beloved daughter may not be what she seems). I also especially enjoyed
Elin Olausson
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher*

I truly enjoyed the stories in this psychological horror anthology. The stories and writing styles are vastly different from each other, so there should be something for everyone in this book. I particularly enjoyed these stories:

"Taking Out the Garbage" by Thomas Vaughn. About being the one upstanding citizen in a bad neighborhood, where a strange man walks around like a ghost and broken women disappear. A dark and gloomy story, v
Derek Muk
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Shadowy Natures (Dark Ink Books), an anthology of psychological horror stories edited by Rebecca Rowland. If you're a fan of dark fiction, crime fiction, mystery, suspense, and thrillers you will enjoy this collection. The book certainly encompasses that broad spectrum of genres. The stories range from being brutal, disturbing, unsettling, and haunting. Sometimes anthologies can be hit or miss as not every story may be strong, engaging, or captivating. Well, in the case o ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.

While not every story had the same impact for me, there wasn’t one here that I didn’t like at least a little, which is great tbh. A lot of times in anthologies there will be a story or two that I just give up on – so any time that doesn’t happen, it’s a win, don’t you think?

You can read my full review (which looks at each individual story) at:
Holly Garcia
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anthologies are like beer flights. You get a little taste here, a little taste there, and before you know it you’ve found a new author to love and you go buy all of their books. Often wildly different in style and voice, short stories grouped together like this are perfect for the reader who only has small snippets of time. And it’s hard to have each story reflect an overall theme while being unique. In this, Shadowy Natures is the perfect anthology with 21 dark tales that will get in your head, ...more
Jeff McIntosh
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Billed as an anthology of "psychological horror", this book does not disappoint.

Among the gems within - a drifter who always has a companion - who who doesn't survive more than a day or two in his company, a fictional version of the crimes of Edmund Kemper, the Coed Killer, and a woman - worried about being a good mother..allows coyotes to devour her to protetc her child....

My favorite stories in this volume were Johnson's "Accessory" and Miller's "Heart Skull Heart"....what can be done abou
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle hits the nail on the head for this book; Stories of Psychological Horror. The tales in Shadowy Natures truly mess with your head.

I have always had a long standing believe that the art you keep thinking about is truly the ones that have the most impact. With Shadowy Natures, I found myself thinking about numerous stories later in the day or even days later. They truly got into my head. Especially the ones that at first reading I either didn’t get or thought ended abruptly. At first,
Bob Hastings
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spine-chilling and hair-raising
This is a terrific and terrifying selection of stories that will make you squirm in your seat and force you to get up to check the doors and windows before you go to sleep. However, you won’t be able to resist reading just one more story before you shut your eyes. Even though you know it will probably give you nightmares. But rest assured, your nightmares can’t possibly be more spine-chilling or hair-raising than the tales in Shadowy Natures.
There are twenty-one s
Hollee Nelson
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: 2020
Full disclosure, I'm one of the authors in this collection. But of course, that leaves 20 other stories for me to appreciate, and appreciate I do! For fans of dark, twisted, creepy horror, this is the book for you! Each story is excellent, but Scotty Milder's "Seven Days of Dog Walking" and Elin Olausson's "Uncle" in particular have haunted me for months now. You won't regret reading this! (Except maybe when all of the lights are off...and the shadows in your bedroom look a little longer than no ...more
S.K. Gregory
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories were certainly unnerving and I think horror fans would enjoy them. I would recommend it
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I agree with another review on here. Usually, when I pick up an anthology, I know if I’m lucky, I’m going to REALLY enjoy a few of the stories, like some of them, and want to skip some as well. This is true for single-author collections, too. It’s not a criticism of those stories I liked least. We all have different tastes. However. I must say, Shadowy Natures is the first anthology where I genuinely enjoyed every single one of the stories, even though the subjects, narrator voices, and author s ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought Shadowy Natures because I enjoyed Rebecca Rowland’s last two collections, and I have not been disappointed. Some people don’t get psychological horror, but it’s just what it sounds like, it gets in your head and the horror comes from how more and more uncomfortable the writer makes you feel when you read it. I didn’t pick up this book thinking it would be full of bloody guts and gore, and even though there is some of that most of the book is just super creepy as heck. I had to run out t ...more
Christina Delia
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
***I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher.*** That said, I am so proud and honored to be included in “Shadowy Natures”, a psychological horror anthology that disorients, grabs and drags the reader straight through an assortment of fright-inducing personal hells, and will fittingly be released just in time for the chill of Autumn to take hold.

I love horror, and my horror writer contemporaries included in this anthology have given their readership a sinister and unsettling gif
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Psychological horror is a funny thing; die-hard horror fans balk at its inclusion in a genre dominated by scary monsters and supernatural occurrences. I, for one, am a believer that a tale doesn’t have to be other-worldly to be frightening. I am always much more creeped out by stories that affect me mentally than those that poke sharp sticks at my fanciful imagination. After all, I can easily rationalize that there are no ghosts, werewolves, or zombies waiting for me in the kitchen. A deranged p ...more
E.B. Lunsford
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting collection of short stories that proves even the most mundane things can become terrifying in the right circumstances. If you’re looking for psychological stories that are well-written with a few twists and turns you’ll never see coming, look no further. My favorites were “Accessory” by K.N. Johnson, “Heart Skull Heart” by Bryan Miller, and “Walking on Knives” by Matthew R. Davis. The best part was I only found a single typo in the entire novel. Bravo to the editor! I loo ...more
Robert Ottone
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Just finished this tome of madness. Couldn’t be more impressed with the stories in this collection, and truly think it’s a candidate for Best Anthology of the Year. I have my favorites, notably KC Grifant's “Maternal Bond,” James Edward O’Brien’s “Ring Rock” and Scotty Milder’s “Seven Days of Dog Walking” but holy cats, did I really dig this entire smorgasbord of psychological horror edited by the awesome Rebecca Rowland.

I'm really floored by the quality on display here, and the varied con
Mona Kabbani
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shadowy Natures from Dark Ink Books contains 21 dark tales. Each tale a twisted pathway down the human mind. Seemingly innocuous scenarios that grow corrupted like tangled vines. A great homage to the insanity that lurks within us.

This book is a whirlwind of chaos! I had a bit of a hard time connecting with most of the stories and I’m not sure if that’s because I’m a city girl so these suburban-like stories didn’t hit a trigger for me. But they are still very eerie and the ones that I did connec
Elizabeth Suggs
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

Shadowy Natures edited by Rebecca Rowland is a horror anthology with twenty-one different stories of “serial killers and sociopaths, fixations and fetishes, breakdowns, and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles.” If you like scary stories, especially psychological horror, then you may find a new favorite chilling tale in Shadowy Natures.
I’m going to focus on the stories that really stand out to me. It’s these highlights that caused me to rate the book so highly. My
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Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a fantastic collection of dark fiction. Every story messes with your mind on some level. The editor did an amazing job ordering and choosing the stories to fit the theme. Anyone who loves dark fiction or wants to read stories that will be stuck in their head for days, this is the book for them.
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Rebecca Rowland spent much of her early adult life in the Boston area. She is the author of the collection THE HORRORS HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT, the novel PIECES, and the upcoming WHITE TRASH & RECYCLED NIGHTMARES, and her short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Coffin Bell, Curiouser, and Waxing & Waning, on story podcasts such as Bloody Disgusting’s Creepy, and in thematic anthologi ...more

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