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For the first time, the twenty-two stories found in Pandora's Children books 1-5 and Dark Interludes have been combined into two easy-to-navigate volumes. Each book also contains a bonus story at the end. This collection contains two dozen dark stories, tales where men become monsters, monsters become men, and no one is ever truly safe. You will find ghosts, demons and mon For the first time, the twenty-two stories found in Pandora's Children books 1-5 and Dark Interludes have been combined into two easy-to-navigate volumes. Each book also contains a bonus story at the end. This collection contains two dozen dark stories, tales where men become monsters, monsters become men, and no one is ever truly safe. You will find ghosts, demons and monsters; evil men, madmen and broken men; a wood-chipper, Santa Claus and yes, a handful of dentists. Each book contains twelve disturbing, provocative tales which will keep you thinking long after you're done reading. In Volume 1, you will find: The Devil's Toothache- A late night emergency visit changes the course of a young dentist's life. For Don- Four Vietnam veterans meet up at a restaurant in Chicago, as they do every year, to commemorate their fallen comrade, Don. The Madame Penitent- A teenager dying of cancer ventures out for one last thrill and finds something waiting for him in the Nevada desert. By the Skin of His Teeth- A young teacher tries get on with his life while dealing with the psychological trauma of having been trapped under a building after an earthquake. Just Meat- A first year medical student learns the consequences of defiling her cadaver late at night in her gross anatomy lab. The Transfer- A transfer student at a New Orleans university tries to unravel the mystery of the strange noises he hears next door. On the Curb- A horrific traffic accident that is not at all what it seems Swim- A mother faces the consequences after her three children die in a late night car accident on an icy road Wood Chipper Blues- A dentist is forced to consider whether or not one of his patients is a murderer after the police come to his door one night. Pandora's Children- A rapist and murderer is given a second chance at life by a mysterious stranger; all he has to do is control the monster within. Higher- A father and parole officer makes the ultimate decision when his son comes to his house with a gun looking for drug money. Last Dance of a Black Widow- An elderly women learns that there are consequences in the afterlife for a life lived poorly. Bonus excerpt- The first half of my 25,000 word novella, Dogs of War.


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For the first time, the twenty-two stories found in Pandora's Children books 1-5 and Dark Interludes have been combined into two easy-to-navigate volumes. Each book also contains a bonus story at the end. This collection contains two dozen dark stories, tales where men become monsters, monsters become men, and no one is ever truly safe. You will find ghosts, demons and mon For the first time, the twenty-two stories found in Pandora's Children books 1-5 and Dark Interludes have been combined into two easy-to-navigate volumes. Each book also contains a bonus story at the end. This collection contains two dozen dark stories, tales where men become monsters, monsters become men, and no one is ever truly safe. You will find ghosts, demons and monsters; evil men, madmen and broken men; a wood-chipper, Santa Claus and yes, a handful of dentists. Each book contains twelve disturbing, provocative tales which will keep you thinking long after you're done reading. In Volume 1, you will find: The Devil's Toothache- A late night emergency visit changes the course of a young dentist's life. For Don- Four Vietnam veterans meet up at a restaurant in Chicago, as they do every year, to commemorate their fallen comrade, Don. The Madame Penitent- A teenager dying of cancer ventures out for one last thrill and finds something waiting for him in the Nevada desert. By the Skin of His Teeth- A young teacher tries get on with his life while dealing with the psychological trauma of having been trapped under a building after an earthquake. Just Meat- A first year medical student learns the consequences of defiling her cadaver late at night in her gross anatomy lab. The Transfer- A transfer student at a New Orleans university tries to unravel the mystery of the strange noises he hears next door. On the Curb- A horrific traffic accident that is not at all what it seems Swim- A mother faces the consequences after her three children die in a late night car accident on an icy road Wood Chipper Blues- A dentist is forced to consider whether or not one of his patients is a murderer after the police come to his door one night. Pandora's Children- A rapist and murderer is given a second chance at life by a mysterious stranger; all he has to do is control the monster within. Higher- A father and parole officer makes the ultimate decision when his son comes to his house with a gun looking for drug money. Last Dance of a Black Widow- An elderly women learns that there are consequences in the afterlife for a life lived poorly. Bonus excerpt- The first half of my 25,000 word novella, Dogs of War.

55 review for Pandora's Children: The Complete Nightmares Book 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    GracieKat

    I first came across Bradley Convissar's works when he was offering them as separate short stories on a free promotion. He lists Stephen King as one of his influences and you can definitely see that but only in the general tone of them. The stories are not derivative at all. They have their own tone and style. With the laundry list of triggers above it seem like he'd be in the more extreme section of horror but they are handled very well. They are horrific but they aren't gone into with gruesome, I first came across Bradley Convissar's works when he was offering them as separate short stories on a free promotion. He lists Stephen King as one of his influences and you can definitely see that but only in the general tone of them. The stories are not derivative at all. They have their own tone and style. With the laundry list of triggers above it seem like he'd be in the more extreme section of horror but they are handled very well. They are horrific but they aren't gone into with gruesome, in-depth detail that would edge it into torture porn territory. Like any anthology or collection there are some hit or miss stories in Pandora's Children. When Bradley Convissar hits those emotional depths though he can really hit them. Hard. My favorites from Pandora's Children are: To Don: This story was amazing. War buddies gather to honour their friend but the end half of the story was such a surprise and really caught my attention. An excellent story. The Madame Penitent: The idea of paying for your past sins by taking on others' pain isn't exactly a new idea but it's done very well here with a great finish. Just Meat: What happens when a rather callous anatomy student is confronted with the souls of the cadavers she is treating carelessly? A very good story with great emotion to it but not played for cheap heart-string tugging. Wood Chipper Blues: A dentist is faced with a dilemma. He has evidence of a crime but what if the crime is justified? I love the way the end leaves you hanging a bit, in a good way. It feels very close to what a person would realistically feel in that position. Pandora's Children: Matthew Jenkins does terrible things. Things he feels compelled to do and, while he takes pleasure in them at the time, hates himself afterwards. He is offered one chance at redemption. Can he do it? An excellent story where Pandora (yes, that Pandora) tries to make her own atonement for the horrors her curiosity has unleashed on the world. Higher: A desperate father does the only thing he can think of to cure his son's addiction. This story hit me hard. It was sweet, sad and very moving. It could be partly the things that were going on around me when I read it that made it hit so hard but I actually cried while reading it. And that is very hard to do. The other stories in Pandora's Collection are good but these were the real stand-outs for me. In fact, the only two that I didn't really care for were The Transfer and On the Curb. On the Curb wasn't too bad but it just didn't click with me and The Transfer was...ick. But, again, others might like it more than I did. Pandora's Children is a pretty solid collection that I can almost guarantee will have at least one or two stories that people will love. If you like Bradley Convissar's short fiction most of it can be found in the two Pandora's Children collections.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Cool stories. :) Every one was creepy. I will definitely read volume 2.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Leaving a story unfinished just to get another book purchased is low. I just may do it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book is very interesting as it's not what you would think of as horror. Most of this book deals with real life horrors, things that can happen to any of us in our lifetime. I am so glad I read this book. Some stories did make me a tad uncomfortable, but not because they were poorly written. I was uncomfortable because I could kind of relate some times. There are a few typos and grammar mistakes, but there aren't too many as to take away from the book. I'd definitely recommend this book. This book is very interesting as it's not what you would think of as horror. Most of this book deals with real life horrors, things that can happen to any of us in our lifetime. I am so glad I read this book. Some stories did make me a tad uncomfortable, but not because they were poorly written. I was uncomfortable because I could kind of relate some times. There are a few typos and grammar mistakes, but there aren't too many as to take away from the book. I'd definitely recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Max F

    The stories are OK so far, but I get annoyed by the typos in the Kindle edition. Unfortunately, I have a hard time separating them from the writing itself - it's almost as if I'm reading someone's paper and find silly spelling (or misplaced apostrophe) errors. The stories are OK so far, but I get annoyed by the typos in the Kindle edition. Unfortunately, I have a hard time separating them from the writing itself - it's almost as if I'm reading someone's paper and find silly spelling (or misplaced apostrophe) errors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    paige sisserman

    wow! I just discovered this amazing author.. this is the second book I've read, and I cannot wait to download another. if you love thrillers, with a little bit of horror thrown in, you're in for a real treat with Bradley convissar! wow! I just discovered this amazing author.. this is the second book I've read, and I cannot wait to download another. if you love thrillers, with a little bit of horror thrown in, you're in for a real treat with Bradley convissar!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    awesome collection of short stories. the horror reminded me of the short story collections I have read by Stephen King. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Very, very good! I loved the twists and turns each story provides. Some are a little scary, some are terrifying and some are just WTF!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Kinda sleazy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele Amos

    Very believable stories. Not many horror books can move me to tears!

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    Wendy Vaught

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    Bradley Convissar

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