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Chill your bones with two hundred horror stories, two sentences at a time. Do you have the courage to face the natural and supernatural scares that lay within these cursed pages? Pull up the blankets, close the blinds, take a deep breath and find out. A series of brief, horrible moments await.


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Chill your bones with two hundred horror stories, two sentences at a time. Do you have the courage to face the natural and supernatural scares that lay within these cursed pages? Pull up the blankets, close the blinds, take a deep breath and find out. A series of brief, horrible moments await.

30 review for Brief, Horrible Moments 2: A collection of two sentence horror stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Derrick

    Goodreads giveaway I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. Thanks goes out to the author and publisher for making it possible. I didn't think this one was as good as the first one. Some were pretty dark and twisted. The rest were just absurdly silly! At least I was able to get one book closer to my reading goal for the year. On to the next.... Goodreads giveaway I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. Thanks goes out to the author and publisher for making it possible. I didn't think this one was as good as the first one. Some were pretty dark and twisted. The rest were just absurdly silly! At least I was able to get one book closer to my reading goal for the year. On to the next....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    eBook Giveaway Win!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Great book with creepy stories!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Lewis

    These are exactly what the title of the book says they are, and they're well-written and pack a punch. I'm just not keen on "Saw"-type torture situations. The stories in the second half of the collection, labeled "Supernatural" were more interesting to me - perhaps because they were less real. These are exactly what the title of the book says they are, and they're well-written and pack a punch. I'm just not keen on "Saw"-type torture situations. The stories in the second half of the collection, labeled "Supernatural" were more interesting to me - perhaps because they were less real.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    A STORY SEED HAS BEEN PLANTED IN YOUR MIND Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017 I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download. As an aficionado and author of flash fictions, I’ve written an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions, where most of the stories only have five sentences, I can truly appreciate the efforts Mr. Pandza in compiling this collection. This IS NOT the kind of book you can read by racing through it by any means. The best way to appreciate reading this author’s endeavor is to A STORY SEED HAS BEEN PLANTED IN YOUR MIND Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017 I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download. As an aficionado and author of flash fictions, I’ve written an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions, where most of the stories only have five sentences, I can truly appreciate the efforts Mr. Pandza in compiling this collection. This IS NOT the kind of book you can read by racing through it by any means. The best way to appreciate reading this author’s endeavor is to sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Close your eyes, clear your mind; with your mind clear, you slowly read each of the 242 items contained in this collection one by one. You stop and contemplate what you’ve just read as you try to visualize it. By doing this you’ll first get a basic image of what you’ve read, and as you continue to dwell on this image you should find your imagination creating an entire story which seems to keep on growing until you decide to move on to the next item. For allowing me and anyone who reads this book, the opportunity to use our imagination to create complete stories in our minds, I’ve given Mr. Pandza 5 STARS.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Love these!! I hope some of them become more than just 2 sentences. I am continuously amazed by how a story can be told (or at least implied) in just two sentences. Here is my riff on it: After weeks of being held captive in the humid, grimy basement, Kate was finally allowed a shower. While ignoring the ants at her feet, imagine her surprise when all that came out of the shower head was a sticky, watery syrup mixture.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Mathis

    I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads and I'm glad I did! I love horror stories, supernatural or otherwise. I like that the book separates the natural from the supernatural. You wouldn't think two sentences would be enough to really scare you but what you DON'T read can be just as scary as what you DO. Even for the shortest stories, well written imagery can make you live in the moment. Marko Pandza definitely makes you visualize exactly what he's writing. Some of the stories would do great I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads and I'm glad I did! I love horror stories, supernatural or otherwise. I like that the book separates the natural from the supernatural. You wouldn't think two sentences would be enough to really scare you but what you DON'T read can be just as scary as what you DO. Even for the shortest stories, well written imagery can make you live in the moment. Marko Pandza definitely makes you visualize exactly what he's writing. Some of the stories would do great fleshed out into longer works. Others are perfect as is. It's a quick read but worth reading again. Want some scary stories by a campfire this Halloween? This book is perfect!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I won a Kindle copy of this book via Goodreads' Giveaways. (Thanks, Mr. Pandza!) Brief, Horrible Moments 2 was a lot of fun, and by "fun," I mean horrifying. Almost every story was like a teeny tiny roller coaster. While each first sentence lifts you up with anticipation, the second sentences brings you careening down in a thrilling and terrifying way. Well done! I would say I'd like to see longer works by Mr. Pandza because his sentences are pleasantly lyrical, but some artists do their best work I won a Kindle copy of this book via Goodreads' Giveaways. (Thanks, Mr. Pandza!) Brief, Horrible Moments 2 was a lot of fun, and by "fun," I mean horrifying. Almost every story was like a teeny tiny roller coaster. While each first sentence lifts you up with anticipation, the second sentences brings you careening down in a thrilling and terrifying way. Well done! I would say I'd like to see longer works by Mr. Pandza because his sentences are pleasantly lyrical, but some artists do their best work in miniature. So, to paraphrase Steve Martin, let's stay small!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of eBook A disoriented swimmer. A teacher helping a remedial student. A wife frustrated over the dirt her husband tracked into the house. Trapped miners. A shivering man waits for the long night to end. The invisibility problem. The twin that wants to switch places. All with endings readers will find impossible to predict. This collection of disturbing two-sentence horror stories is both unsettling and creepy; readers are sure to find plenty to cause grimaces and shudders. Divided into two Review of eBook A disoriented swimmer. A teacher helping a remedial student. A wife frustrated over the dirt her husband tracked into the house. Trapped miners. A shivering man waits for the long night to end. The invisibility problem. The twin that wants to switch places. All with endings readers will find impossible to predict. This collection of disturbing two-sentence horror stories is both unsettling and creepy; readers are sure to find plenty to cause grimaces and shudders. Divided into two sections . . . Natural and Supernatural . . . the brief, two-sentence tales are macabre, eerie, and downright chilling. For the most part, these epigrammatic offerings are creatively clever, a tad enigmatic, and cleverly uncanny. Recommended, especially for fans of the horror genre. I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Scary stories told in only 2 sentences. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! There are about 200 stories in this book, and reading them one after the other has an impact. They are all decidedly different, and might be best read 1 or 2 at a time, so the stories don't lose their impact. There are 2 sections: realistic and supernatural. The realistic ones play on the horrors of the modern day. The supernatural ones obviously deal with things beyond human cruelties and insanity. The au Basic Plot: Scary stories told in only 2 sentences. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! There are about 200 stories in this book, and reading them one after the other has an impact. They are all decidedly different, and might be best read 1 or 2 at a time, so the stories don't lose their impact. There are 2 sections: realistic and supernatural. The realistic ones play on the horrors of the modern day. The supernatural ones obviously deal with things beyond human cruelties and insanity. The author has gone out of his way to use names from different cultures and different genders, making this an oddly diverse book. Though, I must say, beyond names, there isn't much sense of culture. Not that there's really any time for cultural details in a 2-sentence story. Many gave me a decided "ick" reaction, but I don't know that any will haunt my nightmares. Guess I'm going to have to head to bed and find out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Trigger warnings This book was every bit as good as first one. I thought that an excellent job was done with each and every two line story. I love the feeling that is produced with so few words. The author is a master of their art. If you have triggers of most any kind be careful picking this one up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love reading the two sentence horror story Reddit, so I was excited to see there was a whole collection of them. This book has a variety of different stories. Some are interesting and make you think. Some I just read at face value without having any reaction. Some were meh. And some honestly didn't make sense to me after re-reading them. For me, the mark of a good two sentence horror story is a first sentence that is ambiguous and can be interpreted as generally a good thing. The second senten I love reading the two sentence horror story Reddit, so I was excited to see there was a whole collection of them. This book has a variety of different stories. Some are interesting and make you think. Some I just read at face value without having any reaction. Some were meh. And some honestly didn't make sense to me after re-reading them. For me, the mark of a good two sentence horror story is a first sentence that is ambiguous and can be interpreted as generally a good thing. The second sentence then introduces the horror that makes you think back to that first sentence. A good two sentence horror should make you want to re-read the whole thing immediately after finishing to see what details you missed the first time around. I did this a few times in the book, but not nearly enough for me to be satisfied. Overall it was a pretty quick read, and if you are just getting into these type of stories it can be a good place to start. Having said that, after reading it, I can't say I need to rush to read it again anytime.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. This is a book of two-sentence horror stories divided into "Natural" and "Supernatural" sections. I found that the stories are best read no more than a few at a time, in order to let the horror of each story sink in for a bit before moving on to the next one. This is perfect for when you have little time to read. I liked the stories in the "Supernatural" section best. I thought they were scarier than the ones in the "Natural" section. T I received this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. This is a book of two-sentence horror stories divided into "Natural" and "Supernatural" sections. I found that the stories are best read no more than a few at a time, in order to let the horror of each story sink in for a bit before moving on to the next one. This is perfect for when you have little time to read. I liked the stories in the "Supernatural" section best. I thought they were scarier than the ones in the "Natural" section. That may just be me, however. Some of the "Supernatural" stories don't seem to belong there; for example there's nothing really supernatural about (view spoiler)[an ingrown chin hair (hide spoiler)] . The stories in the "natural" section tended to be gorier. I'm not a fan of gore, though I can tolerate some. I prefer the M. R. James method of writing gore: just enough information to let each reader conjure up the scariest thing they can imagine. There's a reason why this book has a warning at the beginning; some of the content here can get intense. At times it was a bit too much for me, but your mileage may vary. My only real complaint is the formatting of the ebook. It appears to be impossible to re-size the font, zoom in, or use any kind of night mode setting. Unfortunately, all of that makes it a little rough on the eyes. The font/zoom thing may not be a big deal on a kindle or tablet, but it's an issue on a smartphone. The lack of any night mode means that in any low-light situation your eyeballs will get seared. I was able to get a tiny bit of respite by switching my phone's display from "adaptive" to "basic" but it's still too bright to read this comfortably at night. However, with that said, I do still recommend this book. It's a good way to while away a rainy afternoon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This book had the potential to be so good, but it was so, so bad. I personally thought the stories were just a little bit too short. Most were around 2-4 sentences, which made most of the stories feel like writing prompts you'd find on tumblr. Similarly, a lot of the stories felt like they were going for cheap shock value rather than tapping into any particular emotions or tropes - again, something I think could have been fixed by making the stores just a little bit longer. Many of the stores al This book had the potential to be so good, but it was so, so bad. I personally thought the stories were just a little bit too short. Most were around 2-4 sentences, which made most of the stories feel like writing prompts you'd find on tumblr. Similarly, a lot of the stories felt like they were going for cheap shock value rather than tapping into any particular emotions or tropes - again, something I think could have been fixed by making the stores just a little bit longer. Many of the stores also felt like the author, Pandza, was trying to be super duper edgy. It really came off like an angsty, edgelord middle schooler trying out horror writing for the first time. Overall, it came off as a cheap attempt at horror and really did not work. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading more of these if Pandza comes out with more. Read for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, Prompt: The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Forbes

    Liked this more than I thought I would I received this in a giveaway, but that has not influenced my review in any way. I've read and written two sentence stories before. It's not that tough to come up with a couple that are cleverly written and entertaining. But I haven't read an entire collection of them from a single author and was curious to see how they would hold up. At best I expected a handful of good, a handful of mediocre, and the rest low quality filler. I was pleasantly surprised at th Liked this more than I thought I would I received this in a giveaway, but that has not influenced my review in any way. I've read and written two sentence stories before. It's not that tough to come up with a couple that are cleverly written and entertaining. But I haven't read an entire collection of them from a single author and was curious to see how they would hold up. At best I expected a handful of good, a handful of mediocre, and the rest low quality filler. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. Don't expect masterpieces - they're only two sentences. But most landed for me. I may be biased. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. I'm taking medication (which I'll be stopping soon thank goodness) that causes a brain fog that makes it very hard to read anything - even flash fiction. These two sentence stories in a genre I enjoy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fel

    Another Spookily Fun Collection I loved the previous collection so when I saw a second one available I had to grab it. I like how the stories are split into two chapters, one which is ‘Supernatural’ and the other which are set more in the ‘real world’: though still gruesomely horrific. Many made me ‘squick’ at the thought. Do not need to have read the first collection but I’d recommend it if you enjoy this one, or like super short stories. Took about an hour for me to read but something I’d pick u Another Spookily Fun Collection I loved the previous collection so when I saw a second one available I had to grab it. I like how the stories are split into two chapters, one which is ‘Supernatural’ and the other which are set more in the ‘real world’: though still gruesomely horrific. Many made me ‘squick’ at the thought. Do not need to have read the first collection but I’d recommend it if you enjoy this one, or like super short stories. Took about an hour for me to read but something I’d pick up again when I want something small to chew on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robb Bridson

    It is what the title says it is. A bunch of two-sentence bits of horror. Most if them are either viscerally disturbing or ironic. Some are better than others. I was curious to see how these things could work, as they always seemed to me more like a kind of writing exercise than a story. And I definitely wouldn't call these stories. They are more like the prose equivalent of a one-panel cartoon strip. They have a set up and a punchline basically. Still pretty entertaining, and doesn't require too much It is what the title says it is. A bunch of two-sentence bits of horror. Most if them are either viscerally disturbing or ironic. Some are better than others. I was curious to see how these things could work, as they always seemed to me more like a kind of writing exercise than a story. And I definitely wouldn't call these stories. They are more like the prose equivalent of a one-panel cartoon strip. They have a set up and a punchline basically. Still pretty entertaining, and doesn't require too much time or attention. I got this one for free as a Goodreads giveaway.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I got this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I think I expected something different. Some of the stories were good- usually the shorter ones. But the compound sentences and awkward phrasing I felt took away from the usual "two sentence" model BANG. Shorter sentences leave more to the imagination and thus feel scarier to me. The convoluted nature of some of these stories just felt like too much. But many of them did have potential for me in terms of the story they were trying to convey, I I got this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I think I expected something different. Some of the stories were good- usually the shorter ones. But the compound sentences and awkward phrasing I felt took away from the usual "two sentence" model BANG. Shorter sentences leave more to the imagination and thus feel scarier to me. The convoluted nature of some of these stories just felt like too much. But many of them did have potential for me in terms of the story they were trying to convey, I just wish they were edited differently.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    Very much like the first volume, except this time, they are TWO sentence horror stories! (so forty-two less entries!) And it's pretty fun to read, just like the first one! Especially around Halloween! Sorta gruesome too, and a little gorey! Not for the faint of heart. Some grossed me out, some made me laugh, and some made me hope that there will be more to read! Once again, it is a cool, and quirky, book, and a pretty fun idea! Like the description on Amazon says, "Chill your bones with horror s Very much like the first volume, except this time, they are TWO sentence horror stories! (so forty-two less entries!) And it's pretty fun to read, just like the first one! Especially around Halloween! Sorta gruesome too, and a little gorey! Not for the faint of heart. Some grossed me out, some made me laugh, and some made me hope that there will be more to read! Once again, it is a cool, and quirky, book, and a pretty fun idea! Like the description on Amazon says, "Chill your bones with horror stories, two sentences at a time." They sure chilled mine!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Ann

    My title for this review: Tantalizing Taste of TerrifyingTales. I read the One Sentence horror stories and was captivated. This collection of TWO sentence horror stories is even more chilling, more shocking at times. Yet, I read on. and on. Sometimes I reflected on how I would write the rest of the story. Sometimes I paused and reflected on some that were replicated in the reality of today's news . Overall, these 2 sentence stories caused me pause, to think, to feel , and wonder. My title for this review: Tantalizing Taste of TerrifyingTales. I read the One Sentence horror stories and was captivated. This collection of TWO sentence horror stories is even more chilling, more shocking at times. Yet, I read on. and on. Sometimes I reflected on how I would write the rest of the story. Sometimes I paused and reflected on some that were replicated in the reality of today's news . Overall, these 2 sentence stories caused me pause, to think, to feel , and wonder.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Now to read the first one!!!! I really enjoyed the text of the book and the way it was written!!! I got to enjoy an entire book in just a few minutes. Even though a full length book will always be my go-to, this will be my choice while waiting for a doctors appointment or something of that matter. How talented a person must be to write a complete horror story in a few short lines!,

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Nissa_the.bookworm)

    I won a free Kindle copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway. I really liked this book! I love horror/scary stories, and these 2 sentence ones were pretty good! I don’t want to leave any spoilers by sharing them, but if you’re a fan of the weird, creepy, scary, or gory, then this book is for you! I’ll definitely need to read his first book at some point!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Lindle

    I Was Fascinated This IS a very quick read. But I could not put it down. And honestly, some of these 2 sentence stories did give me a chill, or made me think. Plus, I do love a run-on sentence. It is worth reading, enjoy it for what it is: a well crafted and well written novelty, with some intriguing ideas. The author succeeded at what he was going for.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    This is an interesting book - two sentence horror stories. I won it in a Goodreads giveaway I entered because I’ve done two sentence stories as a writing exercise myself. While not the type of book I would read cover to cover, I enjoyed reading a few of them when I found myself waiting some where. I enjoyed the paranormal ones the most.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    Brief horror stories 2 Some of these will freak you out. Some I had to read twice and then wish I hadn’t. When I read these I think how incredible his mind is to come with so many! I would love for a teacher to be able share these with a class and say “write a short story around this page, then send it to the author!”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Big thanks Goodreads that I won this book. It is an excellent follow up to the original and what a wonderful month to be reading through it. I must say, a few of these moments are disturbing enough that I read a few more just to get mentally away from them. A few hit on dark humor, some more Twilight Zone-y, all undeniably horrible.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chanda Spaulding

    I won an e-book version of this title through a good reads giveaway. The book was a quick read! Each page features a small snippet of a horror story. I loved that each page was different and the reader was left to wonder about the rest of the horror story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Very original! I had no idea how a 2 sentence horror story could be scary, but so many of them in this book are!! Really fun, quick read that definitely delivers all kinds of gross, horrifying, creepy images.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Itzy

    Short, interesting snippets. Some were better than others, some were much more disturbing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Fun quick read. Great for when you don't have a lot of reading time. Fun quick read. Great for when you don't have a lot of reading time.

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