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Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the 'Double Barrel Horror' anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the 'Double Barrel Horror' anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig.


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Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the 'Double Barrel Horror' anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the 'Double Barrel Horror' anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig.

30 review for Double Barrel Horror, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This was such a fun anthology with awesome horror and more! I absolutely loved Theresa Braun’s story so much, and I’ve loved everything she’s written so far! Her story was a true page turner! Never a disappointment! Calvin Demmer has another hit on his hands and I was sucked into his story right away! This anthology had intriguing writing and full of awesomeness!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Char

    The Double Barrel series features two stories by each author, and these collected volumes put them all together in one handy paperback. Volume 3 features 6 authors, most of whom I've read before. From Christine Morgan, (whose novel WHITE DEATH I've previously read and enjoyed), we have EYE SEE YOU, and it knocked my socks off. What a great way to kick off a collection! From Robert Essig, (an author I have not had the pleasure of reading prior to this), we have FROM UNCLEAN SPELLS. I always have e The Double Barrel series features two stories by each author, and these collected volumes put them all together in one handy paperback. Volume 3 features 6 authors, most of whom I've read before. From Christine Morgan, (whose novel WHITE DEATH I've previously read and enjoyed), we have EYE SEE YOU, and it knocked my socks off. What a great way to kick off a collection! From Robert Essig, (an author I have not had the pleasure of reading prior to this), we have FROM UNCLEAN SPELLS. I always have enjoyed tales about calling up ancient beings and/or casting spells and this one is a doozy. Mark Matthews is an author I've followed for years now and his two stories were very different from each other, but GOODWIN wrecked me. It seems like it's easy for Mark to rip my heart out and it happened yet again with this tale of guilt, motherhood and death. Theresa Braun is an author I've followed on social media for a while, but I believe this is my first exposure to her work. Both of her tales were AH-MAZING, but STILLBORN-wow. Just... WOW. Calvin Demmer's short stories are nearly works of art. He's wonderful at toying with the feelings of the reader. Both of his tales here were great, but HIGHWAY HUNGER is one that's going to stay with me for a long, long time. I'm familiar with and have even read some of Glenn Rolfe's work in the past, but it seems to me that he has grown as a writer since that time. THE HOUSE ON MAYFLOWER STREET was fun and creepy and makes me want to read some of Glenn's more recent work, and soon! I liked the About the Author sections after their stories, and I liked that the covers from the previous individual issues were featured before each author's tales. The artwork on them is kind of cool and has something to do with the tales within. Overall I had great fun with DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOLUME 3 and I recommend it, especially to those readers looking for new authors. Collections such as these let you discover new voices in the genre without spending an arm and a leg, or investing lots of time buying and/or reading novels only to discover that a certain author isn't right for you. I know that I'll be adding novels, (if they've written them) from a couple of these authors, (Robert Essig & Theresa Braun, I'm looking at you!!), to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I look forward to reading more from all of these writers! Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/3bAMknY *Thanks to Calvin Demmer and Pint Bottle Press for the paperback copy with no strings attached. I freely chose to review it and I'm glad I did!*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    3.5 Stars An All-Star lineup of Horror Oddities. The Double Barrel series has a really cool premise in the fact that you get 2 stories from 6 different authors. I think that is important. I think it is extremely nice to get 2 different stories, especially if these authors are new to you. That way if one of the stories doesn't hit you right, there is a 2nd one coming right up. I just think it's a nice concept for an anthology and one I hadn't really experienced before. The stories are short in this 3.5 Stars An All-Star lineup of Horror Oddities. The Double Barrel series has a really cool premise in the fact that you get 2 stories from 6 different authors. I think that is important. I think it is extremely nice to get 2 different stories, especially if these authors are new to you. That way if one of the stories doesn't hit you right, there is a 2nd one coming right up. I just think it's a nice concept for an anthology and one I hadn't really experienced before. The stories are short in this one as well. Most of them are in the 10 -15 page range. This is another really great anthology. A nice array of styles and themes. Morgan, Essig, Matthews, Braun, Demmer and Rolfe. Outside of Rolfe ( and I think I have caught a Matthews short somewhere else ) the authors here were all new to me. I do follow Braun and Essig on twitter, so I was excited to dig into a bit of their work. I am a big fan of Rolfe so that was another reason for reading, but I have been seeing posts and reviews of Demmer's "The Sea Was A Fair Master" and for some reason I just haven't picked it up. So if pressed, I anticipated his stories the most. Christine Morgan 1. Eye See You - is a deep look at childhood fears and possible delusions. Fear of the eye, fear of being watched. Cool bits with a Magic 8 Ball. Told from the perspective of a child. 2. Sharp Obsidian - more of a fantasy piece, monsters vs ancient tribe of hunters. Men are the hunters. This one probably had the most social commentary. Strong theme of feminism. Had that LOTR "I Am No Man" feel. Robert Essig 1. From Unclean Spells - Funny but not funny. Folks are collected in a sound studio to record the Guinness World Records longest burp. It is all a guise for the organizers darker plans. This one is sickening, but like I said kind of humorous. 2. Fuel For The King Of Death - Museum of Death, Films of live deaths and murders. A visitor to the museum is recruited to become a "collector" of new material for the archives. This one had a real Bizarro feel to me. Mark Matthews 1. Wicked Smart Carnie - I really like Carnival horror. This one centers around a carnival game, darts, balloons, off printed rock t-shirts. A bit of sex and seduction. Management is looking for a new generation of carnival workers. 2. Goodwin - A woman is abducted and kept in a hotel room. Thoughts of her autistic son at home. This one goes places you can't come back from. Dark, dark, dark ( some EXTREME stuff ) I of course dug it. Theresa Braun 1. Stillborn - a woman believes a hospital stole her twins and labeled them stillborn. Our main character is a nurse trying to find the truth. This one probably had the most intrigue and mystery. 2. Homecoming - A couple are returning home from a trip to a Scottish castle vacation. We learn in the first sentence that he is bringing his wife back in a box, but what does that mean? Creepy, The most gothic feeling story. Calvin Demmer 1. Highway Hunger - a road kill crew. Picking up the dead animals on the side of the road. Just the dead ones, if they aren't dead yet we leave em. Leave em for what? 2. Motel Madness - a woman taking pageant contestants to an event winds up in a strange hotel room. This feels like the literal suburbs of hell. Glenn Rolfe 1. The Guide - this one has the most feels. Declan is a guide of sorts, helping lost folks get back to their families. 2. The House On Mayflower Street - Creepy old house, two teens set out to explore. Toys, creepy ass broken toys. "Broken toys and faded colors are all that's left to linger on" - John Prine. Sorry, had to. The description of the giant stuffed white bear, torn and soiled - it was very well done. My top 4 were. #4 Goodwin - Matthews #3 Stillborn - Braun #2 The House On Mayflower Street - Rolfe #1 Motel Madness - Demmer

  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    I had a lot of fun with these double shots of horror. Two shorts by each author, with the perfect length and pacing. My full review can be read here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1U2 I had a lot of fun with these double shots of horror. Two shorts by each author, with the perfect length and pacing. My full review can be read here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1U2

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Six talented purveyors of terror have teamed up to give even the bravest heart a little stutter or two. Prepare to shiver, feel fingers crawling up your spine and sometimes, grateful not to have just eaten. Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig each hand out a double portion of what they do best, create the unimaginable and bring it life in twelve short stories that need no added fluff to fatten their tales. It’s no secret that many of these Six talented purveyors of terror have teamed up to give even the bravest heart a little stutter or two. Prepare to shiver, feel fingers crawling up your spine and sometimes, grateful not to have just eaten. Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig each hand out a double portion of what they do best, create the unimaginable and bring it life in twelve short stories that need no added fluff to fatten their tales. It’s no secret that many of these authors have my undying adoration for their ability to create tension, fear, and bring the weight of a dark atmosphere down like a shroud. Looking for some fodder to repeat on a cold and lonely night? Want that special read that will have you looking over your shoulder, shuddering at imaginary shadows? May I suggest DOUBLE BARREL HORROR, Volume 3? Short, fast reads that can be devoured in one sitting, or if you can’t stomach all that darkness together, try a tale a night, just don’t miss out on these authors and their horrific talents! I especially enjoyed Calvin Demmer’s Highway Hunger and Motel Madness and Theresa Braun’s Stillborn and Homecoming are hideous delights, too! There isn’t a bad tale in the lot! I received a complimentary copy from Theresa Braun! This is my honest and voluntary review. Publisher: Pint Bottle Press (March 22, 2020) Publication Date: March 22, 2020 Genre: Horror Anthology Print Length: 150 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keely

    3.5/5 rounded up for Goodreads

  7. 5 out of 5

    Noelle Kelly

    The cover art and images throughout Double Barrel anthology are just as brilliant and well placed as each story. They have a nostalgic B-movie vibe and are matched with each pair of stories. Each of the contributory authors, has two stories to offer. Double the stab in the brain and the punch in the gut. ‘Eye See You’ and ‘Sharp Obsidian’ by Christine Morgan The first is a quirky and gory psychological tale of an all seeing evil eye. The second is a blood-soaked tribal tale of a village battling an The cover art and images throughout Double Barrel anthology are just as brilliant and well placed as each story. They have a nostalgic B-movie vibe and are matched with each pair of stories. Each of the contributory authors, has two stories to offer. Double the stab in the brain and the punch in the gut. ‘Eye See You’ and ‘Sharp Obsidian’ by Christine Morgan The first is a quirky and gory psychological tale of an all seeing evil eye. The second is a blood-soaked tribal tale of a village battling an ancient evil. ‘From Unclean Spells’ and ‘Fuel for the King of Death’ by Robert Essig It’s no coincidence that Unclean Spells rhymes with Unclean Smells. This is a tale of greed and evil as putrid as the smell the room the story is based in. Fuel for the King is a surreal tale of camera lens eyes, snuff movies and murder. Not for the faint of heart or stomach. Wicked Smart Carnie and Goodwin by Mark Matthews Wicked Smart Carnie is a clever and creeping, strange coming of age story that spawns at a fairground. Goodwin is a dark, fantastical tale of a mother’s love and torture. A brutal story with tender moments. Stillborn and Homecoming by Theresa Braun Stillborn is a grotesque, hospital horror. A maternity hospital houses a depraved doctor who will do anything for his experiments. Homecoming is a haunting, ethereal tale of love, loss and an an aquatic evil. Highway Hunger and Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer A highway claims to be the home of a road demon with an insatiable appetite. Terrifying imagery and cinematic action bring this story to life. Motel Madness is a twisted and comedic tale of nightmares, redemption and the motel from hell. The Guide and The House on Mayflower Street by Glenn Rolfe The Guide is an otherworldly and touching tale of a man’s journey through the alleyways of the afterlife. The House on Mayflower Street starts as a typical haunted house story. But two teenagers investigating a strange property with a past find there is so much more than ghosts inside. Disturbing, unusual and truly scary. To conclude, all the stories in this collection combine to give the reader an awesome foray into the horror genre. The six authors involved give us a bite-sized taste of psychological, supernatural, gory and twisted horror fiction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Pint Bottle Press returns with the third installment of their gruesome double feature collection and for this one, they’ve collected some outstanding authors. Featuring Christine Morgan, Robert Essig. Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer and Glenn Rolfe this is one guaranteed to have an author with a story you must read. What I liked: I really enjoy how each author had two stories which allowed them to go in completely different directi ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Pint Bottle Press returns with the third installment of their gruesome double feature collection and for this one, they’ve collected some outstanding authors. Featuring Christine Morgan, Robert Essig. Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer and Glenn Rolfe this is one guaranteed to have an author with a story you must read. What I liked: I really enjoy how each author had two stories which allowed them to go in completely different directions. There were some stand out tales for sure – Demmer’s ‘Highway Hunger,’ Essig’s ‘From Unclean Spills,’ and Braun’s ‘Stillborn‘ were all immensely captivating. The stories move quickly and with no real minimum or maximum on word count it looks like the authors were able to just have fun. What I didn’t like: I’m finding more and more I’m struggling to connect with anthologies, but with this being two stories from each author it made it easier for me to dive in. I will say, each story left me wanting more which is a rarity when some anthologies can be a real mixed bag. Why you should buy it: This is a really, really strong collection featuring some of the current standouts in indie and small press horror. Saying that – both Mark Matthews and Glenn Rolfe have two stories each, but their four stories alone are stunning and should be read by all. Matthews has a way of repulsing but creating characters you connect with, which happened both in his gross-out carnie story ‘Wicked Smart Carnie‘ but Jesus did he ever go straight for the heart with his second story ‘Goodwin.’ It had shades of his novella ‘Body of Christ‘ but this one just crushed me. Rolfe meanwhile decided to go the ghost route and both stories were amazing. ‘The Guide‘ was touching while haunting but the real gem was his ‘The House on Mayflower Street.’ A haunted house novel told over a dozen pages. Just really, really well done. I had a blast (ha!) with this one and I think you will as well!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gerardo Delgadillo

    DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOL 3 is all about, um, horror! This anthology features two horror shorts per author, which I liked. Why? It showcases the talented writers' ability to write two separate, unrelated, disjointed, have-nothing-to-do-with-each-other stories. And it works! A great concept with awesome stories and excellent I-didn't-see-it-coming endings. Kudos to all the authors who collaborated in DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOL 3! DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOL 3 is all about, um, horror! This anthology features two horror shorts per author, which I liked. Why? It showcases the talented writers' ability to write two separate, unrelated, disjointed, have-nothing-to-do-with-each-other stories. And it works! A great concept with awesome stories and excellent I-didn't-see-it-coming endings. Kudos to all the authors who collaborated in DOUBLE BARREL HORROR VOL 3!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    Volume three serves as my introduction to the unique way this series runs. How many times have you passed judgment on an author based on a story you read in an anthology? If you could see me, you might note that I’m typing with one hand because the other is raised. Selecting six authors and presenting two stories from each works nicely on a few levels. First, the obvious. If you read a story by an author that doesn’t resonate, you get to try something else to see whether it was that author’s voi Volume three serves as my introduction to the unique way this series runs. How many times have you passed judgment on an author based on a story you read in an anthology? If you could see me, you might note that I’m typing with one hand because the other is raised. Selecting six authors and presenting two stories from each works nicely on a few levels. First, the obvious. If you read a story by an author that doesn’t resonate, you get to try something else to see whether it was that author’s voice, style, or just the subject matter that didn’t work for you. The second successful aspect of this series is that if there’s an author whose work you appreciate, you get a double dose. Picking this book up, I saw three authors whose work I loved and looked forward to here, and three who were new to me. Christine Morgan was a name that I had seen through various publications from Death’s Head Press. She kicks things off with Eye See You and Sharp Obsidian. Neither one was up my alley, but they were well-written and a bit off the wall. They may just not have been for this reader. Robert Essig swings in next with From Unclean Spells and Fuel For the Kind of Death, the latter took me to a seriously uncomfortable place. I’ll keep it spoiler-free, but the subject material the story revolves around has always made me squirm, and Essig seems to know that and thrive on it.  Mark Matthews is an author who knows exactly how to hit you right in the feels, and although Wicked Smart Carnie is entertaining, Goodwin is where he really shines. This one really hit home for me, packed with emotion and strong metaphor, as well as supremely difficult subject material. This easily stood tall as my favorite story in the collection. Theresa Braun’s stories include Stillborn and Homecoming. Stillborn marked a unique entry, containing elements of horror certainly, but also wrapping itself up in a mystery. Homecoming, meanwhile, is completely different with a bit of gothic sensibility, but again showcases why having two stories on display here is such a winning concept. Calvin Demmer’s story collection, Dark Celebrations, is one of my favorite collections of the year. Demmer has a way of drawing the reader in, escorting them through a condensed world and generally hitting with a sense of shock and awe. As a result, I looked forward to both stories he submitted for this. Highway Hunger is a strong one, and one of the best of the collection, but Motel Madness is stellar, presenting a unique and terrifying version of what hell could be, and I’m an absolute sucker for stuff like that. Wrapping this book up, the inimitable Glenn Rolfe. The Guide is a short, touching vignette, a bit different than anything I’ve read by Rolfe before. The House on Mayflower Street, however, is the perfect choice to bring this collection to a close. Haunted or cursed houses plus creepy dolls, with a surprising, but characteristically Rolfe-ian brutality. Double Barrel Horror Volume 3 did a couple things for me. It reinforced a love of some favorite short story writers, and on that note I’m so glad I got to read Goodwin by Mark Matthews. It introduced me to a new author in Theresa Braun that I’ll be on the lookout for. Last, but not least, it made me aware of the other two volumes of Double Barrel Horror, and there are some familiar names I’ll need to check out there, as well as some new authors to be discovered. Not every story here will necessarily resonate with the reader, but there’s a strong foundation and a lot to like in these pages. I was given a digital copy by one of the authors for review consideration.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kameron

    (review request submitted by Theresa Braun, contributing author, for an honest critique) There are twelve stories in this gory anthology. I am going to share my favorite story from each author. I had no idea so many phrases had the word “eye” in it. Christine Morgan’s Eye See You discussed mentioned several. *keeping an eye on you *look with your eyes, not your hands *eye spy with my little eye *eyes in the back of your head *eat with your eyes first When a child hears these phrases, their minds migh (review request submitted by Theresa Braun, contributing author, for an honest critique) There are twelve stories in this gory anthology. I am going to share my favorite story from each author. I had no idea so many phrases had the word “eye” in it. Christine Morgan’s Eye See You discussed mentioned several. *keeping an eye on you *look with your eyes, not your hands *eye spy with my little eye *eyes in the back of your head *eat with your eyes first When a child hears these phrases, their minds might translate to a literal form. Maybe a child believes EYES are in the back of heads. If you step into their mindset, this phrase is creepy. That’s why I think many will find Eye See You disturbing. It makes you rethink and picture a not so pleasant scene. If you have a weak stomach, as in the mere mention of puke causes you to gag, then pass on From Unclean Spells by Robert Essig. There was so much vomit in this short story. I mean, you could slip- n-slide in the slimy stuff if you wanted to… not that I am suggesting you ever do so. I am just giving you a nasty visual of how much upchuck was involved. Oh yeah, there’s a grotesque monster in this tale as well. He made me wanna relieve myself of my breakfast foods as well. Wicked Smart Carnie by Mark Matthews solidified what my mother told me every year of my childhood when the carnival came to town… “Never trust a carnie. Never talk to a carnie. NEVER, EVER, go off with a carnie alone!” I’m sure carnies are lovely people, but they give off a creepy vibe to me. I’m assuming Mark Matthews (the author) has felt the creep vibe from them as well. Theresa Braun’s Stillborn had a great combination of science fiction, mystery, suspense, gore, and shock. I mean, first, she had body parts in jars. But, she topped herself when more jars were exposed. (no spoilers) Mad scientist… Invasion of the Body Snatchers… I’m not sure what the heck is going on in that hospital, and I’m not sure if I want to know. Who am I kidding… I so want to know. I didn’t want the story to end! Calvin Demmer drew me in with Highway Hunger. His monster was a seven-foot squid/octopus with two large eyes that fed on dying animals or humans. Ok, that sounds good on paper. In-person, not so much. And the ending, wow, I DID NOT see that coming. I bet Dudley didn’t either. Oh and the rat scene… SHIVERS! When I was a child, there was an urban legend that a Cabbage Patch Doll came alive and suffocated a baby in her sleep. I immediately tossed all my big dolls in the trash. Even now, as I shop in stores, I give them the side-eye. I know it’s my imagination, but I swear them look a little too intently at me. Plus, they can blink their eyes. That’s creepy. Oh, and don’t get me started on the dolls that look, feel, and act like real babies. Those dolls are nightmare inducers! After reading The House on Mayflower by Glenn Rolfe, I have a new fear. I’d tell you, but I don’t want to ruin the story for others. (Find more reviews/ratings at superkambrook.com)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Didi Oviatt

    Just wow, talk about a powerhouse line up of horror writers here! To be honest, I picked this book of stories up solely based on my readership to Theresa Braun. I’ve been following her short stories ever since I read Dead Over Heels as a part of its release tour back in 2018. Ever since then I’ve been completely hooked on her stuff. I was really excited to see her paired up with so many other writers, as it's been a while since I picked up a really scary read, and even longer since I found new a Just wow, talk about a powerhouse line up of horror writers here! To be honest, I picked this book of stories up solely based on my readership to Theresa Braun. I’ve been following her short stories ever since I read Dead Over Heels as a part of its release tour back in 2018. Ever since then I’ve been completely hooked on her stuff. I was really excited to see her paired up with so many other writers, as it's been a while since I picked up a really scary read, and even longer since I found new authors that I truly enjoy in this genre. Sadly it's been a little hit and miss for some time. I’m happy to announce that it was a win! Such as any collection of short stories, not every single one of them are to be loved by every single reader. As a writer of such anthologies, I understand that fact very well. That said, there were a couple stories that after a few pages in, I really had to swallow my cringes and digest them with a very heavy dose of speed-reading and swallows of bile. However, it really seemed like each one that I didn’t like was followed up by something that I absolutely did! Each author in the line up had more than one tale, and every single one of them had so much talent. I think it’s safe to say that Theresa is still my favorite of the group, namely her story about the nurse who uncovers a gruesome happening with her supervising doctor and the unruly use of human death. Of course, at first I was thinking what the hell, this is so awful,and then, just like all of her stories, the twist in the last few pages drops your jaw and leaves the entire story line to linger in mind like a plague. Well done!! My second favorite is actually the very first story in the entire book. It’s written by Christine Morgan, and this is the first of her work I’ve ever read. The story was great, as it described a young child with a sickness in her head. The way she viewed the world was exactly as a child would, and eventually her obsession with a watching eye drove her insane. It wasn’t just the story itself that caught and held my attention, it was the way it was written. Very intense and fast paced. By the time I finished it, I felt like I had only read a mere couple pages, I was engulfed and buried in it. I actually doubled back after reading the whole set to look over this first story. It stuck, even after all the others, this is the one that stood out in mind. Overall, I’d say that this collection has excellent symmetry, with a blend of stories that provide practically every angle of horror. It’s a bite sized read, even with so many tales inside, it weighs in at less than 200 pages. I read it in a day, and was equally shocked and satisfied with what I’d read. It’s gory, it’s nasty, its nail biting, cringe-worthy material from cover to cover. The only reason I’m rating it a 4 instead of a 5 is because a couple of the stories just plain grossed me out rather than scared me. Thanks to the authors and Reads and Reels Book tours for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suz Jay

    I love the concept behind the double barrel horror series—six authors contribute two stories each. A cool book cover illustration accompanies each duet. I was impressed by the author line up and the way every set nicely showcases the storytelling talents of each contributor. I enjoyed each story, but wanted to focus my review on my favorite story in each pair. “Eye See You” by Christine Morgan features a young girl who internalizes the trauma she experienced on a theme park ride. The narrator’s I love the concept behind the double barrel horror series—six authors contribute two stories each. A cool book cover illustration accompanies each duet. I was impressed by the author line up and the way every set nicely showcases the storytelling talents of each contributor. I enjoyed each story, but wanted to focus my review on my favorite story in each pair. “Eye See You” by Christine Morgan features a young girl who internalizes the trauma she experienced on a theme park ride. The narrator’s way of seeing the world and interpreting different adages gives the tale a sinister tint. The story ignited a feeling of nostalgia while unsettling me. I especially enjoyed the voice of the narrator. “From Unclean Spells” by Robert Essig is a cautionary tale about summoning things from the great beyond. In the case of summoning rituals, having them succeed is much worse than the disappointment one feels when the ritual is a bust. The image in my head of the people who participated in the ritual is gonna stick with me for awhile thanks to the author’s vivid sensory descriptions. “Wicked Smart Carnie” by Mark Matthews A kid gets more than a lasting memory when he visits a carnival. I enjoyed seeing the carnival through the narrator’s eyes both as a teen and as an adult. “Homecoming”by Theresa Braun pits a scientist against the supernatural in the a battle with very personal stakes. The story, which involves a couple’s turbulent relationship, kept me guessing until the very cool ending. “Motel Madness” by Calvin Demmer had me at the first line: “Blood stained the wall of the room like a Rorschach inkblot gone wrong.” A woman wakes up in a strange motel and must figure how she got into the situation and how to best cope with a new normal. The colorful characters captivated me. The protagonist in “The House on Mayflower Street” by Glenn Rolfe decides to confront his fears about a creepy house, while impressing a girl he’s crushing on. Things go sideways once he discovers what’s lurking in the basement. This story had a fun vintage Chucky doll vibe. I liked this collection so much that I bought volume one and two. The big hook to me is seeing two very different stories from each author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    William Bitner Jr.

    Double-Barrel Horror, Volume 3 By Matthew Weber (editor), Christine Morgan (contributor), Robert Essig (contributor), Mark Matthews (contributor), Theresa Braun (contributor), Calvin Demmer (contributor) & Glenn Rolfe (contributor) Genre - Horror/Short Story/Anthology/Multi Authors Pages - 150 Publication Information - Pint Bottle Press - March 22, 2020 ASIN: B0868ZF5DB Format - Digital (Kindle) Reviewed by: William C. Bitner, Jr., https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres... Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Contained within t Double-Barrel Horror, Volume 3 By Matthew Weber (editor), Christine Morgan (contributor), Robert Essig (contributor), Mark Matthews (contributor), Theresa Braun (contributor), Calvin Demmer (contributor) & Glenn Rolfe (contributor) Genre - Horror/Short Story/Anthology/Multi Authors Pages - 150 Publication Information - Pint Bottle Press - March 22, 2020 ASIN: B0868ZF5DB Format - Digital (Kindle) Reviewed by: William C. Bitner, Jr., https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres... Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Contained within the pages of this riveting book are 12 short stories, two each by six very talented and quite masterly wordsmiths. Each author lends their own unique and idiomatic style in the telling of their tales. I’ve been lucky enough to have read stories by all but four of the authors (Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer & Glenn Rolfe) contributing to this book. How I missed out on the work of the other two authors (Christine Morgan and Robert Essig) is a mystery to me. But I’m glad I had the opportunity now to sample a small sample of their work in these pages. Twelve very different stories presented in a very artful and cohesive format. A little something for everyone. Contents: Eye See You, Sharp Obsidian by Christine Morgan, From Unclean Spells, Fuel for the King of Death by Robert Essig, Wicked Smart Carnie, Goodwin by Mark Matthews, Stillborn, Homecoming by Theresa Braun, Highway Hunger, Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer, The Guide, The House on Mayflower Street by Glenn Rolfe. From the back cover: Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the 'Double Barrel Horror' anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richelle MyDeadHeartBeats

    Double barrel horror 3 I’m currently reading this book and after reading the first two stories and how much I wrote about it. I feel like I should share each authors section separately. This will all be combined for goodreads but with Instagram you don’t get enough room to talk about all of this. So here we are. 😆 Stories by Christine Morgan Eye see you (Story of a girl who’s afraid of eyes.) a weird little story which I thought the ending gave me a feeling of relief when it was over lol .. I didn Double barrel horror 3 I’m currently reading this book and after reading the first two stories and how much I wrote about it. I feel like I should share each authors section separately. This will all be combined for goodreads but with Instagram you don’t get enough room to talk about all of this. So here we are. 😆 Stories by Christine Morgan Eye see you (Story of a girl who’s afraid of eyes.) a weird little story which I thought the ending gave me a feeling of relief when it was over lol .. I didn’t realize I was holding so much anxiety till it was over. Sharp obsidian (Unknown monsters invade a natives camp during a ritualistic ceremony.) whoa blood shed and war! Now I really loved the about section and I just have to share some of it. At the end of these stories we are given an about the author what people describe her as or her work most relates to as “𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚊 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚎𝚡𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚛” 𝚊𝚗𝚍 “𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝙴𝚍𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝙻𝚎𝚎.”. While I enjoyed these stories I don’t see myself seeking out her work but I’m sure there is someone out there that this is right up their alley. This just goes back to reading short story collaboration books where you are trying to find new authors to read and getting a taste for their work. “𝙸𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚒𝚣𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚎, 𝚜𝚑𝚎'𝚜 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚎𝚒𝚛𝚍 𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜. 𝙸𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎, 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚏𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚙𝚜𝚢𝚌𝚑 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚜.” - me and her could totally be friends! I’m just saying 😆

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This includes 2 stories from 6 writers that offer creepy, horrible, nerve racking entertainment. With Christine Morgan, Robert Essig, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer and Glenn Rolfe you can’t go wrong! Goodwin by Mark Matthews tore me apart! Calvin Demmer’s Highway Hunger brings us tentacles and his Motel Madness takes you to a special place in Hell! Theresa Braun’s Stillborn gives us an alien life form, and with Homecoming you get the sense of a long held tradition of returning to a This includes 2 stories from 6 writers that offer creepy, horrible, nerve racking entertainment. With Christine Morgan, Robert Essig, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer and Glenn Rolfe you can’t go wrong! Goodwin by Mark Matthews tore me apart! Calvin Demmer’s Highway Hunger brings us tentacles and his Motel Madness takes you to a special place in Hell! Theresa Braun’s Stillborn gives us an alien life form, and with Homecoming you get the sense of a long held tradition of returning to a place and the consequences that come from this. Those were my favs but all are worthy of picking this up and enjoying every story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Yocom

    The aim of the authors is true, and they hit their targets with great impact. I was jolted by these stories. They have twists and turns. Each of these writers have credits that stand out on their own. Together, this anthology provides a great highlight of their talents. They touch on horror themes that are well known, but with their own spark of insight. You can read the complete review at https://guildmastergaming.blogspot.co... The aim of the authors is true, and they hit their targets with great impact. I was jolted by these stories. They have twists and turns. Each of these writers have credits that stand out on their own. Together, this anthology provides a great highlight of their talents. They touch on horror themes that are well known, but with their own spark of insight. You can read the complete review at https://guildmastergaming.blogspot.co...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    A great collection of stories from authors to really watch. In particular 'Wicked Smart Carnie' by Mark Matthews had my stomach turning and is still stuck in my mind. As well as 'Fuel for the King of Death' by Robert Essig, which is stomach churning for a much different reason. In this collection you'll get violence and gore, bitter endings, unimaginable monsters, and from every writer, some damn good writing. A great collection of stories from authors to really watch. In particular 'Wicked Smart Carnie' by Mark Matthews had my stomach turning and is still stuck in my mind. As well as 'Fuel for the King of Death' by Robert Essig, which is stomach churning for a much different reason. In this collection you'll get violence and gore, bitter endings, unimaginable monsters, and from every writer, some damn good writing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Tanner

    This was a first for me; an anthology where each writer contributes two stories. What a great idea! I’ve read many anthologies where perhaps one story didn’t really do it for me, or another was properly wow-mazing, and that was all I had to judge an author on. But here, they all have two chances to impress. And on the whole, they didn’t need to try twice, although I’m glad to have had double the entertainment from them all. Christine Morgan kicks things off with Eye See You, in which paranoia is t This was a first for me; an anthology where each writer contributes two stories. What a great idea! I’ve read many anthologies where perhaps one story didn’t really do it for me, or another was properly wow-mazing, and that was all I had to judge an author on. But here, they all have two chances to impress. And on the whole, they didn’t need to try twice, although I’m glad to have had double the entertainment from them all. Christine Morgan kicks things off with Eye See You, in which paranoia is taken to a whole new level. Following an encounter with a giant eye as a kid at Disney, a girl is terrorized for life. Eyes are everywhere and threaten her very existence, or so she thinks. This one was a great start for the book and worked its magic on me, I now check everywhere that no one’s watching. Morgan’s second, Sharp Obsidian, didn’t quite work for me. A dark fantasy tale of a tribe with ‘interesting’ names is attacked by a hoard of monster-beast things. I felt that in order for this to be truly terrifying I needed to know more about the characters. This could have been the ultimate showdown in a longer piece where the protagonists and monsters had already been introduced. Although saying that, the gore was expertly handled. From Unclean Spells is the first offering from Robert Essig, and his two tales were my favourites here. In this story a guy holds an open audition to create the world’s loudest burp. Hiring a studio he welcomes many people with a carbonated drink and gets ready to press ‘record’. But he has an ulterior motive for this, and it’s very dark and mysterious; so much so he doesn’t know himself what he’s getting involved in. The burps, and lashings of proceeding vomit, call forth something truly ghastly. This was both gross and hilarious. Fuel for the King is Essig’s next story and follows a guy who ends up making his own snuff movie. But not on purpose. Imagine if by looking at someone you caused them to die horrifically. Sounds brutal, right? Oh it is. But this is more of a curse than a gift. I really enjoyed these two and I need to seek out more of Robert Essig’s work. Mark Matthews is up next and his first story, Wicked Smart Carnie plays on the strange carnival trope that we can all imagine. A kid attends the carnival and ends up getting to know one of the carnies extremely and intimately well. This story was unnerving but never a full-on scare-fest, although one particular scene is creepy as hell, with the imagery perfectly presented. Following that is the dark, dark tale, Goodwin. I don’t want to say too much about this one, other than it is awesome. The twist comes pretty early on and threw me off guard, making the rest of the story really uncomfortable. Just read this one and get ready to wince. Theresa Braun is up next, and Stillborn follows a nurse on the maternity unit in a hospital. The charismatic doctor in charge is up to something that’s very hush-hush. One grieving mother wants answers and enlists the nurse to help her find the truth. This story was certainly creepy and was firmly cemented in the sci-fi horror category. I didn’t think it would go there but I’m so glad it did. There’s something very disconcerting about old houses in the middle of nowhere with few people around. And that’s the setting for Homecoming. A young couple visit an old castle for a romantic getaway when things turn bad, unnerving, and very other-worldly. This story had me from the get-go and didn’t release me until it was time. The intro tells you things don’t end well, but you have to endure the terrors in the old castle to find out exactly how. Highway Hunger by Calvin Demmer is a spooky and bizarre tale about death on the open road. There is a beast that feasts on both animals and humans who die or are injured on this stretch of open highway. The locals know all about it, and never interfere, as that would be catastrophic. This story brought an almost Lovecraftian monster to the open road, and was a lot of fun. Next up was Motel Madness, a story that reads like a claustrophobic nightmare. This is a tale that’s the less said about it the better, but it was really great and when the reveal was made, although I had guessed what was happening, it still surprised me with a further twist. Great stuff. Ending things off is Glenn Rolfe. His first entry, The Guide – although good – didn’t quite get me full-on in the Horror-spot. The writing was solid and the atmosphere created was perfect, it just read more like the first chapter in a longer piece. I wanted more, which I suppose is both a good and bad thing. However, The House on Mayflower Street was superb. It’s not a new trope; the strange house in the neighbourhood with a mysterious past that locals aren’t exactly sure of. Then a couple of kids decide to break in and find out the house’s secrets. You know the score, right? Woah, this one was scary. The secret is revealed to a terrified character, and certainly gave me the chills. This was a really great ending to a really great collection of stories. As with most anthologies some stories didn’t quite work for me, but on the whole I really enjoyed this one, so am obviously recommending it to my fellow horror-lovers. Involve yourselves in the terrors!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim Lo

    Review: https://klling.wordpress.com/2020/05/... While I haven’t read any of the previous two volumes of Double Barrel Horror anthologies, Volume 3 is structured by its authors and their two stories each. For each of the author, it shows off their writing style and sometimes, even a little correlation in detail from one story to the next. Each of these stories are different in their premise and also have their own uniqueness and creativity. Its fairly imaginative and each one has their own twist. Review: https://klling.wordpress.com/2020/05/... While I haven’t read any of the previous two volumes of Double Barrel Horror anthologies, Volume 3 is structured by its authors and their two stories each. For each of the author, it shows off their writing style and sometimes, even a little correlation in detail from one story to the next. Each of these stories are different in their premise and also have their own uniqueness and creativity. Its fairly imaginative and each one has their own twist. As with all kinds of anthologies, they usually have stories that will more and others that in contrast appeal a little less. Its rather nice to say that most of these stories all appeal rather well and it has to do with its variety and the different style that each author chooses while writing their horror stories. Its never been my forte to review anthologies and I won’t go through each of these stories as there are twelve of them and its more important to highlight the authors and the stories and even the double feature story that hit the mark the best for my own preference. Christine Morgan starts off the anthology with Eye See You in a remarkable way. The descriptive and visual portrayal in Robert Essig’s From Unclean Spells is outstanding. At the same time, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer and Glenn Rolfe all present some fun double features. Among them, Glenn Rolfe definitely ends on a high with two awesome stories called The Guide and The House on Mayflower Street that definitely was a major highlight and two very strong entries. Different in their horror genre but both equally entertaining. Although, one of the more memorable reads did go to Theresa Braun’s Stillborn which had some chilling elements. Same goes for Mark Matthews two stories, Wicked Smart Carnie and Goodwin that also stood out a lot as well. Overall, Double Barrel Horror Volume 3’s stories all have their flair but for myself, some definitely land better than others. Luckily, they definitely almost all land in one way or another with the minority that are a little less memorable. Plus, they also have the perk of introducing previously unknown authors (to myself).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheilah

    Looking for a short spooky adventure? Then look no further, this anthology is packed full of original and strange tales to delight all you horror fans out there. First thing though, I loved the cover of this book. Brian Burks did an awesome job creating that B movie horror flick feel. I don't want to go into every story, so I will highlight a few that stood out to me. Eye See You by Christine Morgan, was one story that grabbed me above all the rest. Morgan sparked my psyche as a reader and I fell u Looking for a short spooky adventure? Then look no further, this anthology is packed full of original and strange tales to delight all you horror fans out there. First thing though, I loved the cover of this book. Brian Burks did an awesome job creating that B movie horror flick feel. I don't want to go into every story, so I will highlight a few that stood out to me. Eye See You by Christine Morgan, was one story that grabbed me above all the rest. Morgan sparked my psyche as a reader and I fell under her spell. I found this tale to be both psychologically stirring and disturbing. I look forward to reading more by Morgan in the future. Stillborn by Theresa Braun, made me feel all sorts of emotions that I did not want to feel. This story took a turn down an unexpected path by creating a perfectly crafted mother's nightmare. Certain aspects of it reminded me a bit of Netflix's Hemlock Grove series. A series which I thoroughly enjoyed. It had the same eerie kind of feel to it. Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer, elicited feelings of excitement. This was one of the best stories I have read from Demmer. It hooked me in and it had a strong ending that left me thinking of all the possibilities where this concept could go. I thoroughly enjoyed this dark tale and I think it displays Demmer's growth as a writer. Really well done!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Whitewolf

    I have to admit I’m not a fan of horror but this was actually super fun to read! Each story brings something unique, and true horror fans will enjoy the diversity of plots and scares 😉 Highly recommend it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Budd

    Amazing! Review coming soon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris Carroll

    Fun horror stories! Some creepy, some gross, some touching, Double Barrel Horror vol. 3 is a very good collection of horror stories by authors who are new to me, but whom I’ll be reading more from.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Menion

    Exactly 2/3 of the authors in this collection brought at least something to the table. The other two added nothing. Worth it if you find it used, not really worth the cover price

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alec

  27. 4 out of 5

    Comicsaurus

  28. 5 out of 5

    fallen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Weber

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim

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