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Joe Hill – Strange Weather Book Review

Due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, I started looking for good books that will make my increasing boredom die down. I loved The FIREMAN * Joe Hill  and Joe Hill * Horns so I did a quick eBay search to see if Joe Hill has written anything else since and I got super thrilled to see “Strange Weather” pop up.

4 short stories which have one thing in common – a dark cloud circling above bringing news of death and destruction.

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David Baldacci – FaceOff

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

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Death and the Afterlife – Clifford A. Pickover

https___wordery.com_jackets_4eec2768_m_9781454914341.jpgThroughout history, the nature and mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. This eerie chronology ventures right to the borderlines of science and sheds light into the darkness. Here, topics as wide ranging as the Maya death gods, golems, and séances sit side by side with entries on zombies and quantum immortality. With the turn of every page, readers will encounter beautiful artwork, along with unexpected insights about death and what may lie beyond.

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The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard – Robert E. Howard

Black shadows wavered on the walls as the two followed their silent host down a long, dark hall. The stocky, broad body of their guide seemed to grow and expand in the light of the small candle which he carried, throwing a long, grim shadow behind him.

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard (2008) features at least 20 poems and 35 stories (including a few unfinished ones) written for pulp magazines in the 1920s and 30s.

In these pages you’ll meet reptilian horrors, lycanthropes, demonic terrors and…humans, possibly the worst of the lot. Evils from out of time and alternate dimensions death and worse than death creep through the entire tome. They might be really exciting for a 12 year old but not so much in this time of overly horror books.

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Stephen King

Stephen King * Just after sunset

“The mind gets up to funny tricks, doesn’t it? Shadows grow faces.”

I loved some of the stories in this book, others were a bit “meh” 🙂

Just After Sunset is the fifth collection of short stories published by Stephen King, containing 13 stories in total. A lot of these stories seem to focus on the aftermath of tragedy, and how people react. Whether this is pertaining to the loss of a child or the events of 9/11, it’s a strong theme throughout this collection of short stories.

“Any parting could be forever, and we don’t know.”

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Dark Visions * Stephen King Short Stories

Take three of the leading names in contemporary horror writing, commission one-third of a book’s worth of stories from each, and the result is Dark Visions

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Different Seasons * Stephen King

“Until we see each other again, keep your head together, read some good books, be useful, be happy.”

Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more serious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous. The four novellas are tied together via subtitles that relate to each of the four seasons.

Novels
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal)
Apt Pupil (Summer of Corruption)
The Body (Fall From Innocence)
The Breathing Method (A Winter’s Tale)

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Stephen King – Nightmares and Dreamscapes Story Collection

Good writing—good stories—are the imagination’s firing pin, and the purpose of the imagination, I believe, is to offer us solace and shelter from situations and life-passages which would otherwise prove unendurable.

A pair of metal teeth in a convenience store may prove to be more than a novelty in Chattery Teeth. In My Pretty Pony, an elderly man on his deathbed warns his young grandson against the dangers of letting time slip away. A music exec learns that his dream job may lead him to a dark and murderous past in Sneakers. And in Dedication, a maid working in a hotel uses black magic in the hopes of benefiting her unborn son.

Stories

1 “Dolan’s Cadillac” Castle Rock, February—June 1985
2 “The End of the Whole Mess” October 1986 issue of Omni
3 “Suffer the Little Children” February 1972 issue of Cavalier
4 “The Night Flier” Prime Evil (1988)
5 “Popsy” Masques II (1987)
6 “It Grows on You” Fall 1973 issue of Marshroots
7 “Chattery Teeth” Fall 1992 issue of Cemetery Dance
8 “Dedication” Night Visions 5 (1988)
9 “The Moving Finger” December 1990 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
10 “Sneakers” Night Visions 5 (1988)
11 “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band” Shock Rock (1992)
12 “Home Delivery” Book of the Dead (1989)
13 “Rainy Season” Spring 1989 issue of Midnight Graffiti
14 “My Pretty Pony” My Pretty Pony limited edition coffee table book (1989)
15 “Sorry, Right Number” Previously unpublished
16 “The Ten O’Clock People” Previously unpublished
17 “Crouch End” New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
18 “The House on Maple Street” Previously unpublished
19 “The Fifth Quarter” April 1972 issue of Cavalier
20 “The Doctor’s Case” The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1987)
21 “Umney’s Last Case” Previously unpublished
22 “Head Down” April 16, 1990 issue of The New Yorker
23 “Brooklyn August” Io #10, 1971
24 “The Beggar and the Diamond” Previously unpublished

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Quarter to Midnight: Fifteen Horror Short Stories by Darcy Coates

If you like horror stories, check out Darcy Coates’ collection! I started reading one story a day about two weeks and they were good enough to give me the creeps!
Other lovely short stories with a horror twinge can be seen in the Stephen King part of my library:

and two collections from Paula Guran

But enough about other people’s ideas of scary! Darcy has her own and they involve mannequins which move after midnight, scary places where hitchhikers disappeared, tales of haunted doors in new houses and my favourite:  Mirror Man (I had to sit really close to the person next to me in the tube to get over the fright this one instilled)

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Stephen King – I know what you want * Night shift

From the Night Shift comes another wonderful creepy story about a couple in love. Well, when they met they weren’t a couple. And when they broke up, they had a story to tell to raise the hair up on your arms.

I know what you need.

Like the voice of a submarine captain tolling off fathoms, the words he had greeted her with followed her down to sleep.