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Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump in the night or hide under the bed, witches, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies, sirens and hundreds of other tiny terrifying tales. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.


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Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump in the night or hide under the bed, witches, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies, sirens and hundreds of other tiny terrifying tales. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

36 review for Monsters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is the third book in an ongoing series of microfiction anthologies by Australian publishers Black Hare Press. I should say from the outset that I am the author of two drabbles featured in this anthology ('Debt' and 'Howl' ) but there's over 300 tales inside to scare your socks off. The anthology has been included on the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award recommended reading list for 2019, and there's a lot to love here. Although horror is not my strongest genre to write in–or my This is the third book in an ongoing series of microfiction anthologies by Australian publishers Black Hare Press. I should say from the outset that I am the author of two drabbles featured in this anthology ('Debt' and 'Howl' ) but there's over 300 tales inside to scare your socks off. The anthology has been included on the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award recommended reading list for 2019, and there's a lot to love here. Although horror is not my strongest genre to write in–or my favourite to read–there's some really great and truly terrifying/horrifying stuff here. As with previous editions in the Dark Drabbles series, I have selected the stories which stood out for me below: - Horace by Rich Rurshell - Breakfast by Nicole Little - The Deal by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt - Choices by Joel R. Hunt - Rorrim by Alanna Robertson-Webb - The Taste of Salt and Vengeance by Aiki Flinthart - 7709 by Sinister Sweetheart - Form-a-Fiend by Shawn M. Klimek - No Monsters by Charlotte O'Farrell A perfect book for Halloween!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beckett

    I've never read a drabble anthology before, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying this book! It's so easy to pick it up whenever you have a spare second (like during a commercial on TV, waiting at the gym for your class, etc.) and finish a complete work. You end up feeling really accomplished, and it's easy to make your way through the collection (clocking in at a substantial 360+ pages) quickly. There's also something for everyone in here: from traditional I've never read a drabble anthology before, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying this book! It's so easy to pick it up whenever you have a spare second (like during a commercial on TV, waiting at the gym for your class, etc.) and finish a complete work. You end up feeling really accomplished, and it's easy to make your way through the collection (clocking in at a substantial 360+ pages) quickly. There's also something for everyone in here: from traditional monsters, like werewolves and vampires; to mythological beasts, like gorgons and lamia; from the things that go bump under your childhood bed to the real monster being MAN. My personal favorites fell into the following categories: - The ones that left me wondering WHAT DID I JUST READ?. These drabbles usually involved body horror and caught my attention because of their wonderfully unpleasant strangeness. Special shout-out to "Forsaking All Others" by D.M. Burdett, which made me flashback to 1993's Boxing Helena in all of the best possible ways. Other strong examples in this category include "Buried Alive" by John Saxton, "Doppelganger" by Sinister Sweetheart, "Cold" by Andreas Hort, and the delightfully-written "Swallow" by J. Rohr. - The ones with interesting POVs. These drabbles introduced a familiar subject/trope from an unfamiliar angle. Special shout-out to "Memento" by J. Farrington, which was directed to the reader and quite effective at around the book's midway point. Other strong examples in this category include "Medusa's Den" by Pamela Jeffs and "Fae" by K.T. Tate. - The ones with a good twist. You tend to find a lot of twist endings when you're reading drabbles, some better than others. The ones in Monsters were a bit hit-or-miss, although I enjoyed "Breakfast" by Nicole Little (strong execution) and "Choices" by Joel R. Hunt. - The ones that left me feeling deeply disturbed. There weren't many of these in the anthology, but when I stumbled on them, oh boy, did I feel them. Some less-disturbing (but still powerful) examples include "Darkness Washed Ashore" by E.L. Giles and "Bogeyman" by Patrick Winters. "The Ice Cream Man" by Dawn DeBraal, with its Pied Piper-like antagonist, left me shaken. While the winner of the whole anthology in my opinion was "Here, Boy" by Ximena Escobar. She left me so terrified in just one-hundred words, that I needed to spend an hour cuddling my dog. The antagonist of this drabble is just a regular (sociopathic) guy from a backwoods town, which made it even more hard-hitting. The really fantastic thing about Monsters is that I'm fairly sure that all of my friends could read it, and we'd all come up with different lists of favorites. The only downside was that the drabbles can get a bit repetitive at times, but with three hundred of them included in this book, I suppose that was inevitable. I will definitely be picking up the other books in the Dark Drabbles Series. Congratulations to everyone involved!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Much like the creatures in this Dark Drabbles anthology, I gobbled up these stories with fiendish delight. I wanted to single out a few favorites but in all honesty, it was too difficult to choose: each drabble was it’s own tasty morsel of fright and delight. An immensely eclectic, electrifying collection featuring writers from all around the world, it has simply whet my appetite and left me starving for more. Bravo!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Another collection of drabbles, with some incredibly strong offerings. For my full review, please go to: https://www.weekendnotes.com/monsters...

  5. 4 out of 5

    M. Ritland

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd Gdula

  7. 5 out of 5

    Neen Cohen

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jem McCusker

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Xolton

  10. 5 out of 5

    D. Kershaw

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

  12. 4 out of 5

    B.W. Carter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Etta Shaw

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  15. 5 out of 5

    D.M. Burdett

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Acker

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jefferson Retallack

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shawn M Klimek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian Rosenberger

  22. 5 out of 5

    Austin Sheehan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Kirkham

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eoin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Sayer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kymberly Salters-howard

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luke Wood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Duvie Dafinone

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adriane

  31. 5 out of 5

    Deby Earl

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  33. 4 out of 5

    Derek Dunn

  34. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  35. 5 out of 5

    R.A. Goli

  36. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Rix

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