While I don’t rate this as high as many others on goodreads, I think it might be because I consume lots of stories in this specific genre, and it takes something special to wow me. With this said there are some true gems in this book, sadly there are more of the boring stories (imho) which is why I only give it 3 stars. So my point is that the craftmanship is without a doubt really talented and well done, and it might be a taste question, and others might not find a majority of the stories predictable and boring. So pick it up and read it – if nothing else then you get some really good stories hidden in there. =)
This is a odd one – it was recommended to me by friends in the horror community, and I might have had too high expectations to it or something, but truth is that I was bored to tears. I feel like I should mention that there are two stories which are actually alright, one is actually good (the story that named the book). Bottom line is that I really wanted to like this, and I just didn’t. I have to check out some more stuff from this author to make up my mind, I mean it could be that it just didn’t really live up to the hype. But none the less then i’d not recommend it.
Never have I wanted to love a book more than this – the premise is great, and I KNOW the author is magnificent. Sadly the book falls flat, like super flat! It’s great until you realise the very undercooked “who dunnit” plot, and then you go from excited about the characters and the different twists and plot branching out getting more and more creepy and mysterious – directly to WTF in less than 4 pages. And it’s not a good wtf, it’s the kind that makes you want to cry, mostly cause you paid money for this book. That is how terrible I actually think the book turned out to be. Without spoilers then Resident Evil 4’s ufo-dog ending made more sense. The level of artistry, care for details he showed his first book, might leave people like me with huge expectations to whatever follow up there was from the author. I really, really hope that this is a fluke, and not because the author was a one trick pony! I give it two stars because 80% of the book is great, it keeps you entertained and engaged, but it simply fails so hard that I want to rewrite the ending and send it to the author.
I really don’t know what to say; some of the stories were great, but it was like finding pearls in gravel. I think I might have expected too much of the “concept”. Still I give it 3 stars because when it’s good, it’s really damn good. Also there are many stories, so you get something for your money. =)
I was absolutely blown away by this – it has so many really good short stories that it overshadows the weaker ones. I would absolutely recommend that you go buy this and read it right now, it’s that good! I think it might be the best thing I read this year.
Honestly I knew these stories before reading the book, but I still found that a second read wasn’t a bad thing at all. They still held up, and they still creeped me out, even if I knew the ending. So even if most of us already read these on the internet, this is still a solid evergreen of short scary stories.