Synopsis: Cutting Block Books proudly presents the best of the Horror Library, Volumes 1-5. This collection honors a full ten years of excellence in short horror fiction. Selected and curated by the original team behind the three-time Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library series, these thirty-three short stories should delight horror fans of all stripes.
Nearly 150 superb short stories have appeared in the Horror Library—and the ones in this book are truly among the best and most distinctive. So come on in, browse around. The Library will be open all night…
4 out of 5 stars
The Best of Horror Library is a fantastic collection of short horror stories. Two of my very favorite things put together in one book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book features 33 of the best horror from each volume, 165 stories in total. Most are extremely short and it’s a testament to the talent in this book that a scary story can be pulled off with so few words.
What I liked: While I enjoyed almost all of the stories in this book, there were a few that really stood out for me.
Drawn by Daniel L. Naden was one of my favorites. The story of a little girl who is born with the ability to move anything she wants, to draw it to her. Her parents try desperately to keep her and themselves safe. As she grows into a toddler it becomes increasingly difficult as she is able to move furniture and even people if she wants them. They make the decision to take her to a doctor. Unfortunately she sees things outside that she wants and draws them with disastrous consequences. This story gave me a night of bad dreams!
Reverend Wainwright by Geoffrey L. Mudge is fantastically written and creepy. It’s the story of a tent revival and the Reverend and his lackeys who work the crowd. Imagine that during faith healing the pain and afflictions have to go somewhere. The Revered has a dark secret and he and his band of workers are not what they seem. What are they keeping in the trailers that follow them? This story answers that question and more. Very well done.
The Vulture’s Art by Benjamin Kane Etheridge is another standout story. A man loses his wife in childbirth and takes his infant daughter to a desert cabin he remembers from his own childhood to grieve. Because it’s the desert, there are creatures like snakes and vultures there. And the vulture is hungry, very hungry. What happens when a hungry vulture has only live food? It ages it of course!
What I didn’t like: I don’t think my Kindle app liked this book. The stories ran together in the formatting, which is no fault of the content of the book.
Each and every story in this book appeals to me on some level and I enjoyed all of them. This is a great representation of the horror genre and I think anyone will find something they like here.
ARC provided by NetGalley