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Horror Story and Other Horror Stories

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The first published work of acclaimed Canadian author Robert Boyczuk.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
i guess i am someone who reads short stories. it's what i do now. so, to celebrate the short, i am going to make this review a series of pithy one-sentence... summaries? commentaries? of/on each story. this is not me being lazy; it is actually quite difficult. especially with stories like these, which frequently have little twists in them that i want to avoid destroying. so some of these sentences might even be misleading, a little. who knows, i haven't written it yet. come with me on my tiny jo ...more
C. Janelle
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
A friend bought this for me, I think because of the hours we devoted in our misspent youth to discussing horror films. Since having kids, I'm not as enthusiastic about horror as I once was (I seem to be more easily scared than I used to be), but I still enjoy the genre and the tingle of being frightened every once in a while. And I was pleased to find that Boyczuk isn't going for the easy scare with the stories in this collection. The stories touch on very basic and universal human issues (which ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A collection that calls itself Horror Story better have at least one damn good horror story, lest you think it a parody of the genre such as Scary Movie. Plus, it better be better than Scary Movie. No problem here: Robert Boyczuk (whose novels Nexus: Ascension and The Book of Thomas prove him a master of both the short and long form) has put together a collection that rivets you to your seat even as it pulls the rug out from under you. “Cure for Cancer” is a nightmare of twisted love, and “Query ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror lovers, short fiction fans
Shelves: horror
Wonderful set of stories. A mix of classic horror stories (monsters, supernatural beings, serial killers), sci-fi (with a thriller/horror twist), and just some great thrillers.

As the back cover says, the primary themes of the stories are love and loss. Many of them go in directions you don't expect, and it keeps you guessing what the next story is going to bring. There are so many rehashes of the same old themes in modern literature, especially in the horror genre, that this book was wonderfull
Pat Gracey
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some of the stories in here aren't very scary and I put it down, though I noted that the writing is quite good. I picked it up again and was quite impressed by a story I read at random "Tabula Rasa" that I'm upgrading my rating and reconsidering my first impressions of the other stories. It's got some real silly and surreal moments and the first couple (while I would have loved if I was in a Don B mood) disappointed me from what I thought I was getting. (I'm always hoping to be scared shitless) ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked this up at Ad-Astra, with slight hesitation on my part as I'm very easily scared and that fear generally lingers for ages. I delved into this collection of short stories expecting classic horror and that sure isn't what I got. These stories feature a fear that slowly insinuates itself into your thoughts, grows, and refuses to leave. They all seem to deal with love and/or obsession in some form, and quite a few of them feature the supernatural or have a sci-fi setting. There were times w ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Horror Story and Other Horror Stories is a misleading title, as there's more than your standard horror stories. There's a lot of dark science fiction in here too and I would probably label the collection as a whole as weird fiction. Anyway, since I like horror and sci-fi this was a perfect book for me as I had the best of both worlds.

Robert Boyczuk does a good job here, and I would have to say I liked pretty much everything in this collection of short stories. Although I will admit there is noth
Bethany Ebert
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, this was a good collection of horror stories. Body horror, grotesque imagery, and psychological horror are a few of the types you will find in this book. Boyczuk's use of language is skillful - he says a lot in only a few words, just enough to give the reader an unsettling feeling. Gay and straight pairings are treated with the same approach; Boyczuk never meanders over his gay/bisexual characters or tokenizes them, which I appreciate. I gave this book three stars because I felt some of ...more
It's better than three stars, but that would mean I really liked it, and I admired it more than I liked it. It's very subtle, off-kilter horror rather than in-your-face horror, which I appreciate, but a lot of it is just too abstruse for me. Also, the typesetting of the story titles couples with the lack of finality in the endings made it hard to tell when a new story was beginning. When it's good it's very very good. When it's bad it feels like it's trying too hard to be sophisticated. ...more
I didn't find many of the stories in this book to be compelling, entertaining or scary. Many of them were weird and for some I could see what the author was trying to convey, but I did not love the execution of the final product. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent short stories!
Nov 14, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is copy 96 of 100 signed and numbered by the author and illustrator.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 1.9

Couldn't finish it because it bored me. That's the real horror.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
This is an odd collection of short stories. Not exactly what I call horror, this collection was definitely on the creepy side. Lots of sci-fi elements. I liked it.
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Robert Boyczuk is a supremely talented short-story writer.
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