Independent authors work hard to get their stories out there and I think collections like this are a good way for them to do that. In this collection of 7 stories, these were the ones that worked best for me:
Find the Arise by Liam Dunson-My favorite tale of the collection. A man holed up with his children as hostages makes for a fine setting. Will they get out alive? You'll have to read this to find out. (I love stories that have phrases, plays, or books that cause bad reactions in people-the story "The Yellow Sign" by Robert Chambers, for example.) In this case, instead of a play, it's a phrase-"Find the Arise." 5*
The Kiss of Death by Neko Lilly. A BRUTAL story about true love and finding your perfect mate. This one went WAYYYYY over the top and the reader is forced to hang on for dear life. What fun! 5*
Homunculus by Jason Murphy-This is a NASTY tale of a boy getting into trouble. Whenever you see a walled off building, just leave the damn thing alone. This story started off tame then it wandered into WTF territory and I love when that happens! NOTE: I recommend you don't read this one over your lunch hour. 4*
Hydrophobie by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason -A term which refers to rabies, but there's a LOT worse going on here than just plain old rabies. In fact, rabies looks like a walk in the park after a space rock crashes into earth and people start to get itchy. Lots of fun to be had here, despite a few awkwardly worded passages. I'll never look at ticks in the same way again! 4*
Overall, I enjoyed this collection and I appreciate the hard work that went into it. While not every story worked for me, the majority of them did, so I recommend this book to fans of horror short stories, especially gross and brutal ones.
*I was provided a free e-copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*