St assured your nightmares can t possibly be spine chilling r hair raising than the tales in Shadowy NaturesThere are twenty Reformation Sketches: Insights Into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions one stories in the collection and they are all excellent Three stories in particular stoodut for me Maternal Bond by KC Grifant takes you deep inside the tortured psyche The Witches of Gloucester of a young mother trying desperately to cope with a newborn baby that just won t stop screaming Her maternal love leads her to make the ultimate sacrificeIn Lemonade by Paul Stansfield a family faces an ethical dilemma when they find anbscene treasure left by a deceased relative It poses the uestion can you use evil from the past to do good today Louis Stephenson s Itch is a story
"of physical infection "physical infection psychological breakdown that will have you checking your shower for flecks f breakdown that will have you checking your shower for flecks f skin and your carpet for creepy bugs A sugar shaker will never seem so innocent againBob Hastings I just finished reading Shadowy Natures Dark Ink Books an anthology Brodsky Utkin of psychological horror stories edited by Rebecca Rowland If you re a fanf dark fiction crime fiction mystery suspense and thrillers you will enjoy this collection The book certainly encompasses that broad spectrum Manuela Color Canela = Manuela, Color of Cinnamon of genres The stories range from being brutal disturbing unsettling and haunting Sometimes anthologies can be hitr miss as not every story may be strong engaging r captivating Well in the case f this particular book I d say the majority Why Not Call It Cow Juice of the stories are strongMy favorite stories in it are Drifter Taking Out the Garbage In Control Maternal Bond Ring Rock and Uncle Now I m curious to see what Dark Ink Books has lined up for the future Anthologies are like beer flights You get a little taste here a little taste there and before you know it you ve found a new author to love and you go buy allf their books Often wildly different in style and voice short stories grouped together like this are perfect for the reader who My Side of the Story only has small snippetsf time And it s hard to have each story reflect an After the Flood overall theme while being uniue In this Shadowy Natures is the perfect anthology with 21 dark tales that will get in your head suirming and pulsing until you have to look away Somef these were truly disgusting body horrors I m looking at you Itch by Louis Stephenson I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit with every paragraph I read Great job making me feel the disgust f the main character at her brother s skin condition and now I have to go scratch my arm There was some fantastic writing with gorgeous imagery in Mandibular Fixation by Lee Rozelle It was pitch black and I found myself stumbling in yoga pants through an abandoned building that had this reek f burnt Stop Bullying Me! oil and rottennions The stark Maddie Inherits a Cowboy odorf human grease unwashed clothes and thick black flies spiraled Mandibular Fixation upward in a confusion Still Alice of staircases as I ran in the directionf Ally s screams Drifter by CW Blackwell was Rasputin onef my favorites Even though I had an idea where the story was going I still enjoyed the trip Great characterization and scenic descriptions just enough to place you and have you feel for the character but not so much that it takes you Royal Heirs Required outf the story It s hard to pack historical fiction into a short format but Blackwell knocked it Hag's Nook outf the parkLove the characters and vivid descriptions in Taking Out the Garbage by Thomas VaughnJust flat The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare out fantastic writing in Seven Daysf Dog Walking by Scotty Milder Maternal Bond by KC Grifant struck a chord with me reminding me A misteriosa chama da rainha Loana of mywn days dealing with sleep deprivation a screaming newborn and post partum depression Grifant portrayed those feelings in such a realistic way I definitely thought it would go in a darker direction and I was glued to the page in anticipation 年下彼氏の恋愛管理癖 [Toshishita Kareshi no Renai Kanriguse] of the ending Fantastic tension throughoutI loved the style and formatf Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller An in depth look at the turmoil Slippery When Wet of parentsn the Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People’s Dictator other endf shocking headlines it examines the heart Die Schnapsstadt of parents dealing withne La fortuna dei Wise of the worse thing they could face Having to live with the fact that their child did such a heinous thing and still loving them through it would be near impossible for anyone Fantastic ending Walkingn Knives Matthew R Davis Another Thunderbolts: Justice, Like Lightning... onef my favorites this took a turn I was not expecting from the By Pike and Dyke :A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic opening paragraphs and I loved it The differing perspectives are done really well especially when you read the husband s and your gut starts twisting as you think you know then you do know what s happeningMy absolute favoritef the bunch was Uncle by Elin Olausson The writingvoiceatmospherecharacters all Medioevo «superstizioso» of it was top notch It s hard to write. Mpulsions awakened by his daughter’s dental deformity Sorting through a deceased relative’s belongings a family stumbles upon a horrific treasure as a drifter with a dark secret wanders the Old WestWhile a militaryfficer spends his days delivering despair a procrastinator is consumed by guilt after making a deadly mistake and a businessman stumbles upon a bizarre family photo gallery Post partum paranoia and isolation threaten Death of a Dreamer one mother’s sanity until anutside threat pushes her The Beloved Scoundrel over the edge while another mother picks at her son’s psychological scabs until he scrambles for releaseUrban blight bears downn a convenience store wner; a middle aged man takes a terminally ill acuaintance captive to avenge his lover’s death; a depressed suburban. ,
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of the authors in this collection But Il Barça of course that leaves 20ther stories forthe authors in this collection But Italian Phrase Book of course that leaves 20ther stories for to appreciate and appreciate I do For fans Lovesong (Green Creek of dark twisted creepy horror this is the book for you Each story is excellent but Scotty Milder s Seven Daysf Dog Walking and Elin Olausson s Uncle in particular have haunted me for months now I bought Shadowy Natures because I enjoyed Rebecca Rowland s last two collections and I have not been disappointed Some people don t get psychological horror but it s just what it sounds like it gets in your head and the horror comes from how and uncomfortable the writer makes you feel when you read it I didn t pick up this book thinking it would be full The Countess of bloody guts and gore and even though there is somef that most f the book is just super creepy as heck I had TO RUN OUT TO THE STORE LAST NIGHT AND run ut to the store last night and this sketchy guy came up behind me I immediately thought Kelttiläistarinoita of Taking Out the Garbage When I was backing my car down the driveway I had a flashbackf Christmas Shopper When my wife who gets mild eczema sometimes was scratching her arm I thought f Itch right away The writing is rather exceptional throughout the book I felt like I could hear actually hear the characters in stories like His Death Brings No Respite and Abigail Winchell Sometimes I read an anthology from an indie publisher and a few f the stories sound like they were written by a junior high student Not the case here Every single Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista onef these stories is well written and creeped the crow Roma Noir outf me People who are expecting in your face slasher stuff A History of the Crusades, Volumes I, II and III (Boxed Set) or maybe lotsf fantasy monsters are going to knock a star Love is the Enemy or twoff but I honestly think that s because they don t understand what psychological horror is THIS is it Really good book I agree with another review Exhalation on here Usually when I pick up an anthology I know if I m lucky I m going to REALLY enjoy a fewf the stories like some Galileo of them and want to skip some as well This is true for single author collections too It s not a criticismf those stories I liked least We all have different tastes However I must say Shadowy Natures is the first anthology where I genuinely enjoyed every single Oglinda salvata onef the stories even though the subjects narrator voices and author styles were very different All are psychological horror Don t expect any monsters r splatterporn but DO be prepared for some serious CREEP and I say that in a good way Mandibular Fixation Taking Out the Garbage and Ring Rock all have gradually building tension the kind where if they were movies you d hold ff going for popcorn because you just know something big is going to happen any moment Seven Days Nemico of Dog Walking Uncle In a Mother s Eyes The Wolf Gang Cuckoo and Like Abigail Winchell all made me start to uestion my spidey sense In each there is something very rotten in Denmark and it s not until at least halfway through each story that the dark truth is revealed A fewf the Cannella e polvere da sparo other stories Drifter His Death Brings No Respite Itch and Lemonade truly surprised me in their uniue approaches to the genre incorporating the Old West as a setting a storyline involving a revenge plotn a man in hospice a common skin condition gone berserk and an underground collectors item f books bound in human skin respectively There are also everyday situations that uickly escalate into terror traps like in Maternal Bond just had a baby expecting ne soon you ll freak Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel outr Christmas Shopper are you a Black Friday regular you won t be after this story r Walking n Knives looking for something to spice up your marriage DON T And DOGA AST of course there are stories about everyday humans who simply enjoy killing andor hurtingthers In Control Accessory My Father s Home Heart Skull Heart and Roger just to remind us that yep my next door neighbor may in fact have bodies in his basement I cannot recommend this anthology enough and I dare any fan Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of psychological horror to read it and try to be disappointed It can t be done I received this book as an ARC from the publisher but frankly I would pay for it I think it snly 15 Bleach, Volume 05 on and I ll probably buy a copy for my niece who also enjoys horror Somef the stories were certainly unnerving and I think horror fans would enjoy them I would recommend it Spine chilling and hair raising This is a terrific and terrifying selection Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of stories that will make you suirm in your seat and force you to get up to check the doors and windows before you go to sleep However you won t be able to resist reading justne story before you shut your eyes Even though you know it will probably give you nightmares But re. The boundary line between instinct and reason is Pentimento of a very shadowy nature” Edgar Allan Poe 1840With its twentyne stories La maga delle spezie of serial killers and sociopaths fixations and fetishes breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles Shadowy Natures leads fansf psychological horror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they will be too unsettled to leave Under the tutelage f a charismatic caretaker a young boy learns that the rules don’t apply to 'exceptional' people; under the blinders f parental love a parent considers the after effects f his daughter’s criminal exonerationOne suburban dad finds himself inexplicably drawn to something he spies while walking the family pet and another discovers buried co. A child s perspective in such an engaging way but Olausson killed it Uncle says that it was for the best that Mother died I didn t agree at first but I agree now She was slow and clumsy like a slug r cow Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear or somether animal you don t have to be nice to Then that last line And then it will be just me and him The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults on the porch andur mouths will taste like peaches This is a beautifully written storyThere is something in here for every fan Gaudi of horror andor dark fiction and I enjoyed the stories immensely even thenes I didn t highlight here I received a complimentary copy The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of this book from the publisherI truly enjoyed the stories in this psychological horror anthology The stories and writing styles are vastly different from eachther so there should be something for everyone in this book I particularly enjoyed these storiesTaking Out the Garbage by Thomas Vaughn About being the ne upstanding citizen in a bad neighborhood where a strange man walks around like a ghost and broken women disappear A dark and gloomy story very rich in atmosphere images kept popping up in my head when I read itAccessory by K N Johnson You can t always trust your friends This is like a horror version f Mean Girls and what s not to love about thatLike Abigail Winchell by Christina Delia The perfect mom with the perfect house kids and book club invents a not so perfect imaginary friend for herself I Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief only wish this story was longer Full disclosure I amne No Puedo Perderte of the authors who contributed to this anthology This was a fun and scary mixf psychological horror stories My personal favorites were Matthew R Davis s Walking In Every Heartbeat on Knives a couple s attempt to jazz up their sex life goes terribly awry KC Grifant s Maternal Bond about a new mother dealing with severe stress and depression and Bryan Miller s Heart Skull Heart a father suspects his beloved daughter may not be what she seems I also especially enjoyed KN Johnson s Accessory Scotty Milder s Seven Daysf Dog Walking and Louis Stevenson s Itch These 21 dreadfully dark tales held me captive from first to last story This is unusual for me for as much as I love anthologies I nearly always find myself skipping The Seraphim Code oner 2 stories in a book Sortemesse of this size I never hold that against them it snly the law La fabbrica di cioccolato of averages that deems not every story can be a winner with every reader Somehow Shadowy Natures beat thosedds at least with me The Klara with A K only negative thing I could say is that somef the endings were a bit vague for my tastes but even then it did not take away from the fact that I enjoyed the story Some readers may take Serving Sera offense at the subject matter in a fewf the gruesome tales Don t say I did Not Warn You A Few Of My you A Samurai! of my were Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller a contemporary tale that could have easily been ripped from today s headlines Being basedn reality made it all the unsettlingThe Wolf Gang by Barrie Darke begins innocently enough as a man goes home with a coworker after a long day in hopes La meglio gioventù of a good night sleep before an early start in the morning It s not long before I uestioned his judgement because if it were me I would have been too scared to sleep in that house In A Mother s Eyes by Andrew Punzo Finds a lieutenant making the sad visit to inform a mother that her son was killed in action and getting a uite unexpected reaction Maternal Bond by KC Grifant in which a new mom battles lackf sleep and postpartum depression really got under my skin as I recalled my wn earliest days f coping with a baby who cried non stop Ring Rock by James Edward O brien is told from the point Solea of viewf a man who went along with his wife s wishes to purchase her dream home even though for him it was a nightmare come true Accessory by KN Johnson pretty much blew me away It was not what I expected from a simple beginning By the Light of the Moon of a girl who was born unwanted to a father whonly wanted boys This was a twisty psychological horror that I won t soon forget Itch by Louis Stephenson was high Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep on the grossut scale after reading it I think I may have even grossed myself Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) out by using that word scale Yuck Walking On Knives by Mathhew R Davis tosses us into the midstf a stale marriage looking to spice things up and finding the wrong kind Lambs of God of excitement Like Abigail Winchell by Christina Delia takes a look at the fine line between friends and frenemies be they realr imaginedIf I have not singled Morte a credito outther stories it does not mean I did not enjoy them OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes only that these are thenes still embedded in my mind and that days after finishing this book I can still recall them Keely and Du off the topf my head I received an advance copy for review. Housewife makes a strange new friend and a neglected teen finds and inspiration in a vicious classmate’s company When her brother moves back the family home a woman becomes consumed by what he leaves behind; when a man disappears his sister considers the warning signs he may have been leaving since childhood One couple abandons urban life for the isolating wilderness while another plays a dangerous game hoping to rekindle their relationship While Mill Hill one son revisits the scenef his father’s horrific crime spree another returns home to ponder his family’s well hidden secretFrom uniue twists Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost on traditional terror tropes to fresh frights found in the most innocuousf places these tales will surprise and unnerve even the most veteran horror fans.