Bad Apples-Five Slices of Halloween Horror

Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror - Edward Lorn

This collection was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it quite a bit! To provide full disclosure, I consider all of these authors to be my "friends" and I was provided a free copy of this book to review.  Despite those things, I have written an honest review. 

 

I read this collection as part of the Fall Fear Challenge over in the Horror Aficionados Group at Goodreads. There was a buddy read going on for this book and I had a great time participating. (The buddy read goes for the whole month, and welcomes everyone!)

 

My favorite story in this collection was The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane. Wildly imaginative and creepy, I was sad when this story was over. I hope that Gregor builds on this story in the future, because I think there is a lot of room to grow in the world from which The Riggle Twins were born. 

 

Pumpkin Head Ted was Evans Light's contribution to the collection. At first I thought this was going to be the usual revenge tale. It wasn't  and now I no longer like fireflies. Thanks a lot, Evans.

 

Ghost Light Road was Adam Light's tale. I was a bit disappointed in this one. Not that it was bad, it just didn't work well for me. 

 

Easy Pickings by Jason Parent was a blast! I love creature features and this was a good one.I liked that it was  hard to spot the creature at first, and then it was hard not to see him. 

 

The Scare Rows by Edward Lorn was just crazy. Flat. Out. Crazy. I have a picture in my mind of Mr. Lorn laughing his ass off as people read this effed up tale. This one was WAY over the top. I understand that being over the top was part of the author's intent, and I did think some of it was hilarious, (especially the part with the popcorn!), but at the same time I felt that its over-the-topness felt a little cheap. I did enjoy the fact that a few of my online friends were characters in this story and none of them fared well.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this collection quite a bit. I thought it was an excellent idea for these authors to team up. I think each and every one of them has something to offer horror fans and I will be reading more from them all in the future.