30 review for Horror Library, Volume 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8 - "A very important message for those planning to travel to Costa Rica" - R.J. Cavender & Brad E. Harris 15 - "Into The After" – Kurt Dinan 23 - "Ghosts Under Glass" – Tracie McBride 31 - "Ash Wednesday" – Lorne Dixon 37 - "Santa Maria" – Jeff Cercone 43 - "Dreamcatcher" – Nate Kenyon 51 - "Sporting the Waters of the Bermuda Triangle" – Greggard Penance 57 - "To Judge the Quick" – Hank Schwaeble 67 - "Driving Deep into the Night" – Harrison Howe 72 - "In The Red" – Charles Colyott 79 - TABLE OF CONTENTS: 8 - "A very important message for those planning to travel to Costa Rica" - R.J. Cavender & Brad E. Harris 15 - "Into The After" – Kurt Dinan 23 - "Ghosts Under Glass" – Tracie McBride 31 - "Ash Wednesday" – Lorne Dixon 37 - "Santa Maria" – Jeff Cercone 43 - "Dreamcatcher" – Nate Kenyon 51 - "Sporting the Waters of the Bermuda Triangle" – Greggard Penance 57 - "To Judge the Quick" – Hank Schwaeble 67 - "Driving Deep into the Night" – Harrison Howe 72 - "In The Red" – Charles Colyott 79 - "Skin" – Kim Despins 87 - "Drain Bamage" – Jeff Strand 95 - "Guardians" – Tom Brennan 102 - "God’s Work" – Matt Bain 110 - "Sleepless Eyes" – Tim Waggoner 113 - "Flicker" – Lee Thomas 127 - "Jammers" – Bentley Little 136 - "The Fishing of Dahlia" – Ennis Drake 145 - "What Once Was a Man" – Michele Lee 155 - "Mourning with the Bones of the Dead" – Gerard Houarner 165 - "Final Draft" – Mark Worthen 174 - "I Am Vision, I Am Death" – Erik Williams 185 - "The Healing Hands of Reverend Wainwright" – Geoffrey L. Mudge 195 - "Testaville, Ohio" – M. Alan Ford 206 - "Stone" – Catherine MacLeod 225 - "Campbell’s Pond" – Brian Knight 237 - "All Dead" – JG Faherty 246 - "Exegesis of the Insecta Apocrypha" – Colleen Anderson Cover Art - Aria Bilulowicz

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    In this one you'll find something like thirty stories of various length in a well balanced and finely edited collection. Each of the authors should be proud to be included in such great company. In this one you'll find something like thirty stories of various length in a well balanced and finely edited collection. Each of the authors should be proud to be included in such great company.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Flores

    And onto the next one, as I’m continuing my review of HORROR LIBRARY anthologies! Really loving these anthologies, and I’m a big fan of anthos in general, but especially indie horror. Stories in these books take chances. Some fail, some succeed, but it’s exciting to read new ideas and voices. Publisher Dark Moon Books has taken over the HORROR LIBRARY series and re-released the older volumes that were put together by former publishers and editors (Cutting Block Books and Cavender). All of these And onto the next one, as I’m continuing my review of HORROR LIBRARY anthologies! Really loving these anthologies, and I’m a big fan of anthos in general, but especially indie horror. Stories in these books take chances. Some fail, some succeed, but it’s exciting to read new ideas and voices. Publisher Dark Moon Books has taken over the HORROR LIBRARY series and re-released the older volumes that were put together by former publishers and editors (Cutting Block Books and Cavender). All of these were original stories of their time, written exclusively for this book. I received an ARC of the new re-released 2021 edition from Dark Moon Books. Quick star rating on each story included in Volume #4 (29 total), just as my personal preference: "Into the After" by Kurt Dinan = 5 stars. Setup felt slow, but man, that turned around! This story was stark, and had a punch. Resonant. Honest. Great beginning to the anthology! "Ash Wednesday" by Lorne Dixon = 5 stars. Incredible setup: Even violent serial killers in prison must be rescued by emergency services during a massive inferno, but that’s just the start… "Ghosts Under Glass" by Tracie Mcbride = 3-1/2 stars. Part of me just didn’t like this story, but it was a good idea. The characters didn’t win me over, but the ending was great. "The Dreamcatcher" by Nate Kenyon = 3 stars. Another one that was fine, just not my cup of tea. "Jammers" by Bentley Little = 5 stars. Absolutely a winner. Great idea from a horror master, what “really” causes traffic jams every day on the freeways. "Sporting the Waters of the Bermuda Triangle" by Greggard Penance = 2 stories. Nice idea, but kind of “off”. Weird, and not in a good way. "To Judge the Quick" by Hank Schwaeble = 5 stars. Excellent Western short story. Racial strife, and injustice, and a certain curse brought by a strange woman… "Driving Deep Into the Night" by Harrison Howe = 5 stars. I didn’t think I was going to like this one at first, but it really got under my skin. Dark, very dark. "In the Red" by Charles Colyott = 4-1/2 stars. Another one I didn’t think I was going to like at first, but it won me over by the end. "Skin" by Kim Despins = 2 stars. Hated this… triggering and uncomfortable, for rape and incest. It’s a noteworthy subject the author wrote on, but just cringeworthy. "Drain Bamage" by Jeff Strand = 4 stars. Love this author, but the story was just okay. It was funny, as is all of Jeff Strand’s work. "Guardians" by Tom Brennan = 5 stars. A stand-out story. Modern military meets a valley of succubi witches. Horrifying and outstanding, both. "God’s Work" by Matthew Lee Bain = 2-1/2 stars. The writing was fine, but admittedly, I just didn’t get it. "Sleepless Eyes" by Tim Waggoner = 2-1/2 stars. Gross, but that was the point of the story. A lot of setup for a punchline. But a good punchline, to be fair. "Flicker" by Lee Thomas = 5 stories. This story ended up on a surprisingly positive note, after I feared it was leading down a path of rape and torture… that was the guise though, all along, to a deeper level. "The Fishing of Dahlia" by Ennis Drake = 2 stars. Kind of long-winded. Good character study, but just abruptly ended after 95% build-up. "What Was Once Man" by Michele Lee = 2 stars. I don’t know that I entirely understood this one… it seemed meaningful. Rebel Without a Cause-type of character relationships, but trapped in a basement… was there an apocalypse outside? "Mourning With the Bones of the Dead" by Gerard Houarner = Another one, just not my cup of tea. Muddled story, dull, maybe I misunderstood it? "Final Draft" by Mark W. Worthen = 5 stars. A lot went on in this story, lovely, rich writing covering a lifetime, and a wartime guardian angel. "I Am Vision, I Am Death" by Erik Williams = 5 stars. Very haunting Christopher Nolan- “noir” vibe. Good all around. "Santa Maria" by Jeff Cercone = 5 stars. A lot happened in this story, and it’s “playful” while also very, very dark and traumatic. The ending’s “Epilogue” is fantastic. "The Healing Hands of Reverend Wainwright" by Geoffrey L. Mudge = 5 stars. Great writing, great story. Horror, just horror of multiple ways. Murder, monsters, and martyred children. "Continuity" by Lorne Dixon = 4 stars. Author has TWO stories in this book! This one “less” good than the first, but definitely strong on its own merits. Haunting. "Testaville, Ohio" by M. Alan Ford = 5 stars. This could be made into a movie. Terrifying, and an analogy to many social ills. Great arc, heartwarming ending (in the ways of horror stories). "Stone" by Catherine Macleod = 3 stars. Okay story. Felt kind of flat and forced, and didn’t go anywhere. But good writing. "Campbell’s Pond" by Brian Knight = 5 stars. Sort of a zombie story, more of a troubled kid story, who vaguely has “less bad” things happen to him than the alternative. Personally, I related. "All Dead" by JG Faherty = 4 stars. I didn’t get where this story was going until the ending’s twist. OMG, truly horrifying, traumatic, a lot else. "Exegesis of the Insecta Apocrypha" by Colleen Anderson = 2 stars. Cool concept, but the execution was dry. Just didn’t gel on this story. It’s hard to say, which volume is the best in the series so far, but from volumes 1- 4, this one #4, and the previous, Vol. #3 are tied as my favorites. Great ideas and great writing all around!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Some really good stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Stewart

    Great stories in a horror anthology series. Each volume gives you a huge variety of writing, all a mixed bag in a good way. Violent, gory, traumatic, but so too are there stories that tear at the heart stings, are meaningful, some even uplifting (in a horror way) and some just funny. Great series for what it is. If you don’t like horror short stories, you won’t like this book, as simple as that. But for fans of horror shorts, this book, and the series, is a must read, especially to get stories l Great stories in a horror anthology series. Each volume gives you a huge variety of writing, all a mixed bag in a good way. Violent, gory, traumatic, but so too are there stories that tear at the heart stings, are meaningful, some even uplifting (in a horror way) and some just funny. Great series for what it is. If you don’t like horror short stories, you won’t like this book, as simple as that. But for fans of horror shorts, this book, and the series, is a must read, especially to get stories like Bentley Little’s “Jammers,” Kurt Dinan’s “Into the After,” Brennan’s “Guardians,” and many others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

    4th volume in the +Horror Library+ series. Each of these volumes is filled with great indie horror stories. Some are shocking, some tasteless, some beautiful, but all are original, take chances, and write from the heart. More about these books here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/horror_l... 4th volume in the +Horror Library+ series. Each of these volumes is filled with great indie horror stories. Some are shocking, some tasteless, some beautiful, but all are original, take chances, and write from the heart. More about these books here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/horror_l...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy Stewart

    Good, wide-ranged sample.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Anderson

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Zraitor

    –>I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.<– Volume 4 continues on with the rape, torture, gore, and all the other random offbeat weird stuff these stories get into. I appreciated the originality and when the stories hit they were great and well of course when they missed they fell flat and made me shake my head. Which seems to be the constant with these collections of how much of a mixed bag they are. I often say that with collections but these must be the prime example of –>I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.<– Volume 4 continues on with the rape, torture, gore, and all the other random offbeat weird stuff these stories get into. I appreciated the originality and when the stories hit they were great and well of course when they missed they fell flat and made me shake my head. Which seems to be the constant with these collections of how much of a mixed bag they are. I often say that with collections but these must be the prime example of that. It can be a bit frustrating enjoying one story then disliking the next one after it over and over. Oddly enough, my favorite story was "Stone", A woman who feels no pain sells her body in awful and violent sex acts then escapes the life. We follow a former admirer of hers and he just simply... watches her. Normally I hate stories with these weird sex and gore things, but in this one, it was all only related to you really, and it was well written and kind of stuck with me. The rest of the stories are just about every random dang thing you can think of and, they are either great or just plain bad and it's a wild ride to go through.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Totalblamblam

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raomer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm Macleod

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ennis Drake

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Milligan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travis

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  18. 4 out of 5

    Book lover

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Palisano

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ian Welke

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna Diamond

  24. 5 out of 5

    darlene farmer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracie McBride

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mikhail

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Milligan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rena Mason

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lincoln

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