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. Volume XIII Number 2 . . . .September 15, 2006
I have a memory of being 12-years-old, sitting encircled by lamplight waiting for the house to stir. I had the longest wait of my life. It was three in the morning, I was riding a sugar high from my Halloween begging but more importantly I had just finished reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. The compulsion to finish the book regardless of what might lurk in the darkness competed with the need for daylight and Dad. That feeling of fear and compulsion is what I use to judge every horror story I read. There were a few of those moments while I read this collection.
Reviewing a compilation of horror stories is a difficult task. Like most anthologies it contains a smorgasbord of stories. The Horrors: Terrifying Tales: Book Two is no different. The 14 stories range from the proverbial babysitter gone mad (“The Drummer” by Louise Wadsworth) to the necrophilia fairy tale with a twist (“Prince Sandred the Silent: A Truly Grim Tale” by Priscilla Galloway). The one thread that weaves itself through this collection of stories is teenage angst. Each story deals with an aspect of teen life, and the worst nightmares contained in that demographic come true here. What happens if your teacher is a psycho murderer? (“The First Assignment: Fear” by Anne Laurel Carter) How do you deal with an abusive parent? (“Consequences” by Sylvia McNicoll) Is sibling rivalry really that bad? (“The Healer” by Cheryl Rainfield) The Horrors is a teenager’s worst nightmares given breath.
J.A. Greavett, an educator of all age levels including teachers, lives in Kingston, ON. She lives to read and writes to live.
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