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Shadowy NaturesWill make you suirm in your seat and force you to get Up To Check The to check the and windows before you go to sleep However you won t be able to resist reading just one story before you shut your yes Even though you know it will probably give you nightmares But rest assured your nightmares can t possibly be spine chilling or hair raising than the tales in Shadowy NaturesThere are twenty one stories in the collection and they are all xcellent Three stories in particular stood out for me Maternal Bond by KC Grifant takes you deep inside the tortured psyche 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 to make the ultimate sacrificeIn by Paul Stansfield a family faces an thical dilemma when they find an obscene treasure left by a deceased relative It poses the uestion can you use vil from the past to do good today Louis Stephenson s Itch is a story of physical infection and psychological breakdown that will have you checking your shower for flecks of dead 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 of psychological horror stories dited by Rebecca Rowland If you re a fan of dark fiction crime fiction mystery suspense and thrillers you will Buried enjoy this collection The book certainlyncompasses that broad spectrum of genres The stories range from being brutal disturbing unsettling and haunti 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 all of their books Often wildly different in style and voice short stories grouped together like this are perfect for the reader who only has small snippets of time And it s hard to have ach story reflect an 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 Some of 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 very paragraph I read Great job making me feel the disgust of 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 of burnt oil and rotten onions The stark odor of human grease unwashed clothes and thick black flies spiraled Mandibular Fixation upward in a confusion of staircases as I ran in the direction of Ally s screams Drifter by CW Blackwell was one of my favorites Even though I had an idea where the story was going I still njoyed the trip Great characterization and scenic descriptions just nough to place you and have you feel for the character but not so much that it takes you out of the story It s hard to pack historical fiction into a short format but Blackwell knocked it out of the parkLove the characters and vivid descriptions in Taking Out the Garbage by Thomas VaughnJust flat out fantastic writing in Seven Days of Dog Walking by Scotty Milder Maternal Bond by KC Grifant struck a chord with me reminding me of my own 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 of the nding Fantastic tension throughoutI loved the style and format of Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller An in depth look at the turmoil of parents on the other nd of shocking headlines it xamines the heart of parents dealing with one 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 nding Walking on Knives Matthew R Davis Another one of my favorites this took a turn I was not xpecting from the opening paragraphs and I loved it The differing perspectives are done really well specially when you read the husband s and your gut starts twisting as you think you know then you do know what s happeningMy absolute favorite of the bunch was Uncle by Elin Olausson The writingvoiceatmospherecharacters all of it was top notch It s hard to write a child s perspective in such an ngaging way but 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 military officer 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 one mother’s sanity until an outside threat pushes her over the dge while another mother picks at her son’s psychological scabs until he scrambles for releaseUrban blight bears down on a convenience store owner; a middle aged man takes a terminally ill acuaintance captive to avenge his lover’s death; a depressed suburban. Full disclosure I m one of the authors in this collection But of course that leaves 20 other stories for me to appreciate and appreciate I do For collection But of course that leaves 20 other stories for me to appreciate and appreciate I do For of dark twisted creepy horror this is the book for you Each story is A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, excellent but Scotty Milder s Seven Days of Dog Walking and Elin Olausson s Uncle in particular have haunted me for months now You won t regret reading this Except maybe when all of the lights are offand the shadows in your bedroom look a little longer than normaland what was that sound in the hall But hey isn t that what you paid for I bought Shadowy Natures because Injoyed 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 psychological horror but it s just what it sounds like it gets in your head and the 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 Of Bloody Guts And bloody guts and and The Shadow Reader even though there is some of that most of the book is just super creepy as heck I had to run out to the store last night and when this sketchy guy came up behind me I immediately thought of Taking Out the Garbage When I was backing my car down the driveway I had a flashback of Christmas Shopper When my wife who gets mildczema sometimes was scratching her arm I thought of Itch right away The writing is rather Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies 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 of the stories sound like they were written by a junior high student Not the case here Every single one of these stories is well written and creeped the crow out of me People who arexpecting in your face slasher stuff or maybe lots of fantasy monsters are going to knock a star or two off 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 on here Usually when I pick up an anthology I know if I m lucky I m going to REALLY njoy a few of the stories like some of them and want to skip some as well This is true for single author collections too It s not a criticism of those stories I liked least We all have different tastes However I must say Shadowy Natures is the first anthology where I genuinely njoyed The Power Of A Choice every single one of the storiesven though the subjects narrator voices and author styles were very different All are psychological horror Don t xpect any monsters or 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 off going for popcorn because you just know something big is going to happen any moment Seven Days 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 ach there is something very rotten in Denmark and it s not until at least halfway through ach story that the dark truth is revealed A few of the 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 plot on a man in hospice a common skin condition gone berserk and an underground collectors item of books bound in human skin respectively There are also veryday situations that uickly The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right escalate into terror traps like in Maternal Bond just had a babyxpecting one soon you ll freak out or Christmas Shopper are you a Black Friday regular you won t be after this story or Walking on Knives looking for something to spice up your marriage DON T And of course there are stories about Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling everyday humans who simplynjoy killing andor hurting others 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 Monsieur Pain enough and I dare any fan 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 s only 15 on and I ll probably buy a copy for my niece who alsonjoys horror Some of the stories were certainly unnerving and I think horror fans would njoy them I would recommend it Spine chilling and hair raising This is a terrific and terrifying selection of stories that. The boundary line between instinct and reason is of a very shadowy nature”  Edgar Allan Poe 1840With its twenty one stories of serial killers and sociopaths fixations and fetishes breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles Shadowy Natures leads fans of psychological horror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they will be too unsettled to leave Under the tutelage of a charismatic caretaker a young boy learns that the rules don’t apply to 'exceptional' people; under the blinders of parental love a parent considers the after ffects of his daughter’s criminal xonerationOne suburban dad finds himself inexplicably drawn to something he spies while walking the family pet and another discovers buried co.

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Lausson 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 or cow or some other animal you don t have to be nice to Then that last line And then it will be just me and him on the porch and our mouths will taste like peaches This is a beautifully written storyThere is something in here for very fan of horror andor dark fiction and I Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. enjoyed the stories immenselyven the ones I didn t highlight here I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisherI truly njoyed the stories in this psychological horror anthology The stories and writing styles are vastly different from ach other so there should be something for veryone in this book I particularly njoyed these storiesTaking Out the garbage by thomas vaughn about being the Garbage by Thomas Vaughn About being the 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 of 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 only wish this story was longer Full disclosure I am one of the authors who contributed to this anthology This was a fun and scary mix of psychological horror stories My personal favorites were Matthew R Davis s Walking 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 Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, especiallynjoyed KN Johnson s Accessory Scotty Milder s Seven Days of 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 one or 2 stories in a book of this size I never hold that against them it s only the law of averages that deems not Il morto di Maigret every story can be a winner withvery reader Somehow Shadowy Natures beat those odds at least with me The only negative thing I could say is that some of the ndings were a bit vague for my tastes but ven then it did not take away from the fact that I njoyed the story Some readers may take offense at the subject matter in a few of the gruesome tales Don t say I did not warn you A few of my favorites were Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller a contemporary tale that could have asily been ripped from today s headlines Being based on reality made it all the unsettlingThe Wolf Gang by Barrie Darke begins innocently Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition enough as a man goes home with a coworker after a long day in hopes of a good night sleep before anarly 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 lack of sleep and postpartum depression really got under my skin as I recalled my own Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom earliest days of coping with a baby who cried non stop Ring Rock by James Edward O brien is told from the point of view of a man who went along with his wife s wishes to purchase her dream homeven though for him it was a nightmare come true Accessory by KN Johnson pretty much blew me away It was not what I Sexual Secrets expected from a simple beginning of a girl who was born unwanted to a father who only wanted boys This was a twisty psychological horror that I won t soon forget Itch by Louis Stephenson was high on the gross out scale after reading it I think I may haveven grossed myself out by using that word scale Yuck Walking On Knives by Mathhew R Davis tosses us into the midst of a stale marriage looking to spice things up and finding the wrong kind of xcitement Like Abigail Winchell by Christina Delia takes a look at the fine line between friends and frenemies be they real or imaginedIf I have not singled out other stories it does not mean I did not njoy them only that these are the ones still mbedded in my mind and that days after finishing this book I can still recall them off the top of my head I received an advance copy for review. Housewife makes a strange new friend and
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neglected teen finds and inspiration in a vicious classmate’s company When her brother moves back into 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 one son revisits the scene of his father’s horrific crime spree another returns home to ponder his family’s well hidden secretFrom uniue twists on traditional terror tropes to fresh frights found in the most innocuous of places these tales will surprise and unnerve ven the most veteran horror fans.