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The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. Containing 30 all-original stories, read Volume 7 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes. Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY! Included within Volume 7: • In "Hand of Glory," a despairing prison inmate studies astral projection in order to escape his cell. • In "The Key to Mabella," a cemetery groundskeeper discovers a mysterious vault key held by his predecessor and investigates what it unlocks. • In "Abandon," a tour guide takes friends to visit his home village, long-since deserted and languishing under superstition. • . . . and more! • Also including a special guest-artist's gallery of Allen Koszowski!


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The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. Containing 30 all-original stories, read Volume 7 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes. Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY! Included within Volume 7: • In "Hand of Glory," a despairing prison inmate studies astral projection in order to escape his cell. • In "The Key to Mabella," a cemetery groundskeeper discovers a mysterious vault key held by his predecessor and investigates what it unlocks. • In "Abandon," a tour guide takes friends to visit his home village, long-since deserted and languishing under superstition. • . . . and more! • Also including a special guest-artist's gallery of Allen Koszowski!

37 review for Horror Library, Volume 7

  1. 5 out of 5

    Irene Well Worth A Read

    I have had a love of short horror stories for as long as I can remember. Going all the way back to my childhood when my weekends were spent reading horror comics. Sometimes, in talking to people about horror I come across those who say they just don't care for short stories period. To each their own I suppose, but I often wonder if the reason they don't care for them is because they just haven't come across any that are especially well written. Its not easy to write short stories that have engag I have had a love of short horror stories for as long as I can remember. Going all the way back to my childhood when my weekends were spent reading horror comics. Sometimes, in talking to people about horror I come across those who say they just don't care for short stories period. To each their own I suppose, but I often wonder if the reason they don't care for them is because they just haven't come across any that are especially well written. Its not easy to write short stories that have engaging characters and satisfying conclusions. Sometimes writers seem to skimp on the endings. There will be a dramatic buildup but then they don't leave enough time for an adequate ending. Just as you begin to enjoy it, poof it's over and you wonder why you bothered. I have read some of those too! But this is not that! Having read some, but not all, of the previous volumes I can say that Horror Library Volume 7 is my favorite so far. I enjoyed the artwork, and all 30 stories are deliciously dark, with satisfying conclusions. That is not to say the stories all end well for our unsuspecting characters, these are definitely not your happily ever after type of tales, but they are well written, down to the last word. Among my many favorites were Never Better by Michael Harris Cohen which begins with restaurant workers getting revenge on obnoxious customers, before it heads down an even darker path. The Kid In The Ambulance by Suki Litchfield about an unexpected and unsettling encounter with a long lost friend. Discovery of Blanks by Darren O. Godfrey about the fate of one man who believes not all people are real, and of his friend who finds out the truth. Holder City by Garick Cooke In which man escorts a mysterious woman home after avoiding a collision on the road. In The Valley by Bentley Little is a tough one to describe so I'll just say it's about the mother of us all. I'm going to stop at this point because I've caught myself just going in order of the table of contents naming every story as one of my favorites. I don't think there was a bad tale in the bunch. There is mighty fine writing here. I am going to recommend this to all horror fans, and lovers of dark fiction, including those who say they don't like short stories. This may be the book to change your mind. 5 out of 5 stars I received an advance copy under no obligation to write a review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 Stars! Horror Library, Volume 7, edited by Eric J. Guignard contains quite a collection of short stories, as well as an "Artist's Gallery" at the end. In any anthology, some stories speak to readers louder than others. However, nearly all of these were "worth reading", in my opinion, with many five star reads in the mix. Some of my personal favorites included: --"The Key to Mabella", Terry Dowling --"8-Ball", Darren Todd --"Her House", Jo Kaplan --"The Kid in the Ambulance", Suki Litchfield --"Ring 4.5 Stars! Horror Library, Volume 7, edited by Eric J. Guignard contains quite a collection of short stories, as well as an "Artist's Gallery" at the end. In any anthology, some stories speak to readers louder than others. However, nearly all of these were "worth reading", in my opinion, with many five star reads in the mix. Some of my personal favorites included: --"The Key to Mabella", Terry Dowling --"8-Ball", Darren Todd --"Her House", Jo Kaplan --"The Kid in the Ambulance", Suki Litchfield --"Ring Rust", Gene O'Neill --"Hand of Glory", Cody Goodfellow (This was my number one read in the collection!) I have long been a fan of the Horror Library anthologies, and Eric J. Guignard has really provided an excellent collection here! Recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Lee

    Horror Library, Volume 7 from Dark Moon Books is a magnificent collection of horror and dark fiction. Superbly compiled. Exquisitely presented. This part of the synopsis says it all: Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. I agree with every word of that as it pe Horror Library, Volume 7 from Dark Moon Books is a magnificent collection of horror and dark fiction. Superbly compiled. Exquisitely presented. This part of the synopsis says it all: Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. I agree with every word of that as it pertains to Volume 7. These are intense literary gems with varying degrees of horror and darkness, but each is incredible in its own right. Full disclosure, I am a long-time Bentley Little fan, and seeing he had a story in this collection gave me a thrill of anticipation. The story did not disappoint, of course. But other stories stood out for me as well. “Just Keep Walking” by David Afsharirad is told in first person and written in verse and is absolutely brilliant. It’s vivid and evocative and the climax/conclusion will destroy you. I really like that one. “Neon Showgirl” by Brady Golden is a full-sized story in short story format. It’s a tale about Ginny, her bar, and the strange goings on at the pharmaceutical company on the east side of town. There is so much to this story in so few pages. It is thoroughly engrossing and lingers deliciously in the mind long after you’re done reading it. “The Test” by Zoe Kaplan, while not necessarily among my favorites, has a lot to say. It’s not true horror in the sense of what horror fiction readers expect, but it is dark fiction, a reflection of true life horrors. Its symbolism is masterfully done. At its heart, it’s more disturbing than true horror. I could go on and on extolling the virtues of each of these stories (I won’t, but I could). There is so much about this collection to love. Even the book itself is beautiful. I have the physical paperback version, and it is very well put together with stunning cover art, good formatting, and a fantastic artist gallery of the work of Allen Koszowski in the back (such an exciting bonus!). It’s a beautiful volume, inspiring me to want all of them in paperback! But whatever form you read it in, e-format or physical copy, do read it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cooke

    As one of the contributors to this anthology, I was privileged to read it before the official release date. I will not review my own story ("Holder City"), but with twenty-nine other stories in this collection, I think it is safe to say that it has something for everyone. Here you will find accomplished veterans of the genre (Terry Dowling, William Meikle, Bentley Little), as well as more up-and-coming writers, and everything in between. Some of my favorites included "Neon Showgirl" by Brady Gol As one of the contributors to this anthology, I was privileged to read it before the official release date. I will not review my own story ("Holder City"), but with twenty-nine other stories in this collection, I think it is safe to say that it has something for everyone. Here you will find accomplished veterans of the genre (Terry Dowling, William Meikle, Bentley Little), as well as more up-and-coming writers, and everything in between. Some of my favorites included "Neon Showgirl" by Brady Golden and "Skandalopetra" by Rex Burrows. Both are stylish and well-written stories featuring unique settings. As a bonus, there are a number of great B&W illustrations at the end of the book by Allen Koszowski. Recommended for any fan of the horror genre.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    First off, I want to tell you about the special guests gallery of horror(ible) images by Allen Koszowski included in the anthology. His first published piece was in 1973 and he is still going strong. Horror Library, Volume 7 by Eric J Guignard includes 30 original short stories. We have plenty of thrills and creepiness. These leaders of the macabre with take you down a dark path…and I hope you return…wanting more. Some authors were familiar and others were new to me, but they all contributed some First off, I want to tell you about the special guests gallery of horror(ible) images by Allen Koszowski included in the anthology. His first published piece was in 1973 and he is still going strong. Horror Library, Volume 7 by Eric J Guignard includes 30 original short stories. We have plenty of thrills and creepiness. These leaders of the macabre with take you down a dark path…and I hope you return…wanting more. Some authors were familiar and others were new to me, but they all contributed something that gave me chills, leading me on to the next one and the next one and the next one. The great thing about short stories is you can finish them while waiting…whether in line at the drug store, waiting in the doctor’s office, or just having a minute or two to spare. Whether you like to read your horror in the light of day or in the dark, be wary. You may get more than you bargained for. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Horror Library, Volume 7 by Eric J Guignard.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather Miller

    Horror Library, Volume 7 continues the time-honored tradition of the horror anthology. With stories curated and edited by Eric J Guignard, this book brings together some of the best-of-the-best of today's horror writers into one wonderfully dark collection. Since this is not a themed collection, it's literally "anything goes", as long as that "anything" is creepy or crawly, desperate or disturbing. Guignard has an eye for good literature, and we the readers benefit from his discernment as we make Horror Library, Volume 7 continues the time-honored tradition of the horror anthology. With stories curated and edited by Eric J Guignard, this book brings together some of the best-of-the-best of today's horror writers into one wonderfully dark collection. Since this is not a themed collection, it's literally "anything goes", as long as that "anything" is creepy or crawly, desperate or disturbing. Guignard has an eye for good literature, and we the readers benefit from his discernment as we make our way through this library of horror. The book contains thirty stories, some by names easily recognizable to those who keep up with the world of literary horror--Jo Kaplan, Bentley Little, Gene O'Neill, William Meikle, Christi Nogle, Lucy Taylor, and more--and some by lesser known writers whose stories stand up and hold their own among the bigger names. Within these pages you'll find haunted houses ("Her House" by Jo Kaplan), haunted objects ("8-Ball" by Darren Todd) and haunted people ("Ring Rust" by Gene O'Neill). There are brushes with the bizarre in Darren D. Gregory's "Discovery of Blanks", H. Pueyo's "Death Republic", and Garick Cooke's "Holder City". There's something for everyone here: a bleak and desolate landscape full of zombies in "just keep walking" by David Afsharirad; genetic experiments gone horribly wrong (or perhaps horribly right) in Brady Golden's "Neon Showgirl"; existential horror in Christi Nogle's "The Apartment"; dark and dirty folk horror in Bentley Little's "In the Valley". Add in some vampires, ghosts, murderers, Old Gods, a giant, some unnatural plants, a few brushes with Satan, and few stories of love gone wrong. Finish it off with a heaping helping of pandemics and quarantines and desperate people who will do absolutely anything to get what they want. Mix all these things together and you get the wonderful concoction that is this anthology. There's a spot on the back cover that says "Literary Adult Horror", and that is what this collection is. This is old-school style horror writing that incorporates modern themes. There's no extreme horror or splatter-anything, but there is plenty of good old-fashioned creepiness. These stories will make you shiver and shake and break out in goosebumps, but they'll also make you feel a connection with the despair and longing and sorrow and loneliness of the poor characters who suffer within. As if all this wasn't enough, Volume 7 includes a new feature: a special Artist's Gallery in the back of the book featuring the beautifully disturbing work of Allen Koszowski. Koszowski's drawings feature everything from monsters to ghosts to aliens, from creatures of the deep to things with no name that will stare right off the page and deep into your soul. All in all, Horror Library, Volume 7 is an outstanding offering in the world of literary horror anthologies. There's not a bad story in the lot. Horror Library, Volume 7 is edited by Eric J Guignard and published by Dark Moon Books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

    First things first - I would read anything Eric J. Guignard had his name connected to. I would read a cereal box if I knew Eric had written a blurb for it. This hopefully demonstrates the level of trust I have in Eric’s writing and editing. I first came across Eric when I read an ARC of his novel - Last Case at a Baggage Auction, and I knew I had stumbled across something special. This led me to devouring much of his work in a fairly short period of time. Horror Library Volume 7 is no exception. First things first - I would read anything Eric J. Guignard had his name connected to. I would read a cereal box if I knew Eric had written a blurb for it. This hopefully demonstrates the level of trust I have in Eric’s writing and editing. I first came across Eric when I read an ARC of his novel - Last Case at a Baggage Auction, and I knew I had stumbled across something special. This led me to devouring much of his work in a fairly short period of time. Horror Library Volume 7 is no exception. Jam packed with a diverse array of horror stories to appeal to every horror reader yet also pushing the boundaries of speculative fiction. My personal favourites included IN THE VALLEY, DEATH REPUBLIC, ABANDON, SKANDALOPETRA and IN THE DEVIL’S FOOTSTEPS. As a bonus, I also loved the art at the end! I was lucky enough to receive an advance reader’s copy of Horror Library Volume 7 in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Eric!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Flores

    I absolutely love the Horror Library series! I’ve reviewed previous volumes in-depth, story-by-story, and plan to do so for VOLUME 7, too, when I have more time. But reading it now, suffice to say, THIS IS THE BEST ONE YET! Great compilation of dark-themed stories with an added bonus of artist’s gallery by famed Allen Koszowski and another original story by Bentley Little (a favorite!). 5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Agranoff

    Horror Library Vol. 7 As a reviewer, I get offers for books from time to time. I first started taking book reviews seriously around 2008 and one of the first books I had offered to me was an early volume of the Horror library. This series started by RJ Cavender at Chopping block press is a series I have always been fond of. As the series went on it passed through a few different hands one editor retired and another passed away. Sorry to hear about the loss of Patrick Beltran, but the Horror Libra Horror Library Vol. 7 As a reviewer, I get offers for books from time to time. I first started taking book reviews seriously around 2008 and one of the first books I had offered to me was an early volume of the Horror library. This series started by RJ Cavender at Chopping block press is a series I have always been fond of. As the series went on it passed through a few different hands one editor retired and another passed away. Sorry to hear about the loss of Patrick Beltran, but the Horror Library is now in some of the most capable hands in the indie horror publishing world. Eric J. Guignard is one of the best eyes for short horror fiction outside of maybe Ellen Datlow, one of the things that makes him so good goes beyond taste. I mean he has good taste and knows the Genre but through Dark Moon books he has worked hard to build a respectable database of writers to work with that are diverse in culture, race, gender, and perspective. The international voices Eric brings to his anthologies are one of his amazing strengths. If this book can be summed up, it would be this way. A blend of established names, but lots of new voices. The stories all have a classic feel, most are short, and there are almost 30 of them. The subjects and styles are diverse as the locations that the authors hail from. All the stories were well written there were known that I hated. But of course, I have favorites. There are some big names, and familiar voices, among the best of those stories including the infamous Luddite Bentley Little, who often gets overlooked because he has zero internet presence. His story is one of my first favorites. ‘In the Valley’ was a fun story written in country dialect. It is a weird and interesting story, it will quickly remind you to have many established works this writer has. There is an undeniable skill. Some of the other established writers who wrote stand-out stories included a boxing tale by Gene O’Neil and a stand-out prison tale called Hand of Glory by Cody Goodfellow. Of the authors that were new to me some of my favorites included ‘Just Keep Walking’ by Texas writer David Afshrirad. This zombie tale is written in an experimental style. It made me slow down to consider each sentence. Probably my absolute favorite was a creepy surreal stunner by Greek writer Natalia Theodoridou called ‘the Mouth.’ Samuel has a mouth to feed. Just a mouth. Better if you find out on your own but I loved this bizarro tale. Last I really enjoyed a weird one called The test by Zoe Kaplan. Also really cool the book ends with a neat multi page artist galley the work of Allen Koszowski. All cool stuff. This is a fun book. Most importantly the Horror library tradition continues. Guignard is the right person for the job, and I expect to see many more editions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ian Welke

    Another great entry in a great series. The series started well and in the last two volumes has gotten only stronger and stronger. I wouldn't go so far as to say "if you own only one horror book make it this one," but if you were looking for a good sampling of the best of modern horror this book would do nicely. Another great entry in a great series. The series started well and in the last two volumes has gotten only stronger and stronger. I wouldn't go so far as to say "if you own only one horror book make it this one," but if you were looking for a good sampling of the best of modern horror this book would do nicely.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    I’ve read other books from this publisher so knew I’d enjoy this. I’m a huge fan of horror so I was pretty sure this would be right up my street. I enjoyed all of the stories. I read new work by familiar names and discovered some new writers. I liked how different all of the stories were. This is an excellent collection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Stewart

    This is the 7th book in the series, and these keep getting better with each volume. There’s ghosts, monsters, fantasy, eerie words, dark dreams, and more, from an immensely talented roster of authors. Bentley Little is always a standout, as is Cody Goodfellow and William Meikle. Truly loved the piece by Terry Dowling, and also Jo Kaplan, Alex Woodroe and H. Pueyo. Looking forward to volume #8!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    A collection of weird and strange horror tales by independent authors. The stories were very readable while I found the second half of the book better than the first. Of course, there were a few duds for me but that is expected and this is a four-star read. I'll be looking into reading more of this yearly anthology. A collection of weird and strange horror tales by independent authors. The stories were very readable while I found the second half of the book better than the first. Of course, there were a few duds for me but that is expected and this is a four-star read. I'll be looking into reading more of this yearly anthology.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo Kaplan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scotty

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edward

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Kemmerer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Kaplan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rex Burrows

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christi Nogle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Dean

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christa

  26. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡ howling libraries

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Evrard

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darren O.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brett Burkhardt

  31. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  32. 5 out of 5

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  33. 4 out of 5

    tittle-purple

  34. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

  35. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  36. 4 out of 5

    Lily

  37. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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