Fans of horror will be delighted by the the dark delicacies in this collection of horror’s up-and-coming stars. "Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection – 2015" brings together tales of horror from authors all over the world. These stories are about haunted houses, obsession, insanity, cults, the unexplainable repetition of goddess worship, and the psychological and pFans of horror will be delighted by the the dark delicacies in this collection of horror’s up-and-coming stars. "Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection – 2015" brings together tales of horror from authors all over the world. These stories are about haunted houses, obsession, insanity, cults, the unexplainable repetition of goddess worship, and the psychological and physical terror that only humans can inflict. This collection celebrates one of literature’s most popular forms of fiction by bringing together horror writers from all over the world, offering a unique vision of the genre. Edited by Jacob Michael King (author of Postmortem) and Jeffrey P. Martin (Head Editor of Onyx Neon Shorts). This is the first in a yearly horror collection series. In this collection you will find: Ellie Hill by MJ Wesolowski A late-night excursion leads three students to the cursed village of Ellie Hill, where they discover that disrespecting a place's painful past carries a terrible price. 82 Rungs by Brit Jones It seemed like a routine sewage job. Now two men find themselves isolated from their employers, with no escape from the subterranean labyrinth in which they work. And the environment is undergoing subtle, disturbing changes… What Little Remains by Franklin Charles Murdock Seamus hides a secret in the back of his barn in Palmer, Kansas. Little does he know that the dead have desires of their own—Seamus isn't the only one with murder on his mind. Insanity by Jackie Woodard Vanessa and her doctor try to get to the bottom of her seemingly harmless delusions. Something Nasty in the Woodshed by Tracy Fahey Here we find a twist on a classic horror trope. The title is a wink to the famous line from Stella Gibbons' 1932 novel, Cold Comfort Farm. Up In The Window by Elizabeth Myrrdin A woman seeks to satisfy her nagging obsession. Sometimes knowledge breeds not power, but lasting dread. Sylvia's Pictures by DJ Tyrer After the arrival of her new baby brother, Sylvia starts drawing pictures of the Raggedy man. Is it a cry for attention, or do the pictures hold something more sinister? The Guard by B.T. Joy Harry, night guard at the Metropolitan Museum, becomes increasingly curious about one of its exhibits. But what begins as idle interest soon escalates into a dangerous obsession. Sacrificial Version by Jeremy Thompson A door sprouts from the floor, accessible to a single sojourner. Beneath it, concrete steps descend to a subterranean nightclub filled with bizarre celebrants. The Man Who Left No Footprints in The Snow by Matt Tveter One cold winter morning, an elderly woman receives an unexpected visitor. The Lake House by Joseph Rubas After losing his wife to cancer, novelist Jim Conner retreats to a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. Cold Harbour by Ro McNulty A social worker begins to suspect that there is someone else living in her client’s house....
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Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015 Reviews
"Normally when I do my final score for an anthology, it is an average score for all of the stories included in the book. There are only a couple of stories that I would call weak in this one so for the book as a whole it has to get full marks in the general rating."See here for the full review:Horror Collection - 2015
Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015 offers thirteen solid horror stories, many of them written by authors of a literary bent. The collection appears to be the first in an annual series of collected, short horror stories, published by Onyx Neon Shorts, a branch of independent publisher Onyx Neon Press.The book's editors are Jacob Michael King (author of Postmortem) and Jeffrey P. Martin (Head Editor of Onyx Neon Shorts). The contributors include MJ Wesolowski , Brit Jones, Franklin Charles Murdock, Jackie Woodard, Tracy Fahey, Elizabeth Myrrdin, DJ Tyrer, B.T. Joy , Jeremy Thompson , Matt Tveter, Joseph Rubas, and Ro McNulty. Many of these authors hail from the UK.Much of the work presented in this collection demonstrates good plot and character development. An apt example is the lead story, Wesolowski’s “Ellie Hill.” Set in the fells of Northeastern England, it tells a cautionary tale about defacing the site of a cursed event. It focuses on the interactions of three newly-arrived students on their first day at university. On a nighttime drinking outing, the loud and extroverted Myles competes with the quiet and introverted narrator for the affections of Amy, a pretty young woman whose quietness hides a playful nature. Their destination is a pub (the “Slaughtered Lamb”) in the nearby rural town of Ellie Hill. The narrator suggests this destination, even though he knows that it is rumored to harbor an ancient curse, when Myles suggests to his residence hall mates that they go on an “adventure.” The narrator has never been to Ellie Hill himself, but knows of its legend of “Ellie’s Chair” from a family story, which contains the admonition, “You must never go there.” Unfortunately, his desire to impress Amy overwhelms his better judgment. The trio’s drinking at the Slaughtered Lamb leads to a game of “truth or dare” that has catastrophic consequences for all three when it leads them to Ellie’s Chair.Wesolowski develops the conflicting relationships among the three students with lively dialogue, while at the same time using his narrator’s observations to introduce the legend of Ellie Hill in increasingly frightening bits and pieces. His imagery is rich, evoking a clear vision of Ellie Hill’s eldritch features in the reader’s mind. The horror of Ellie Hill’s past sublimates clearly into the present of the story.The historical past is just one of the sources of horror in this collection. For example, Jones’ “82 Rungs,” is a claustrophobic horror tale with science-fiction features. Murdock’s “What Little Remains” is a fresh take on the serial killer story that will also leave the reader gasping for air. Tyrer uses the Raggedy Man legend in “Syvia’s Pictures,” which introduces the creepy child character of Sylvia, a “little Goth girl” whose darkly imaginative drawings turn into terror-filled reality. Fahey’s “Something Nasty in the Woodshed” explores devastating effects of finding out that one’s partner in life is not what he seems, using abduction and torture as horror tropes. “Up in the Window” (Myrddin) draws the reader’s attention to the uncanny in everyday life. Its narrator is obsessed with a figure that appears in the same position in a particular apartment building’s window -- no matter what time of day or night. Who -- or what -- is it? “Sacrificial Version” is probably one of the most bizarre tales in this collection. Thompson combines a time- and space-traveling trope with some of the most unusual cult-like groups and settings that I have read. Like Tyrer, he employs a fictional evil figure that lingers in the background of the story until it breaks into reality to wreak evil on the world. The way in which Thompson works this figure into the narrator’s story arc is quite devious. Readers should pay close attention to their reactions to the narrator as they read this cleverly constructed tale.Not all of the remaining stories in this volume are as strong as those that have been mentioned. However, there is not one badly written tale in the lot. Fans of short horror fiction will find this volume well worth an investment of their reading time and book money. This horror collection can be found on Amazon.Disclosure: Author Jeremy Thompson, one of the contributors to Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015, provided this reviewer with a free copy of the e-book for review purposes. No financial considerations were involved.
Sacrificial Version by Jeremy ThompsonHorror that embraces the reader!I was sought to read Thompson's story within this great horror collection, so the first one that I read was Sacrificial Version, and I was not disappointed. Thompson has a way with words that embrace the reader, and invite the reader for more. This story definitely fits well into this collection. I find the calming of the horror the day after, both disturbing, and yet very intriguing. "We dine on roast boarilla, ingesting the flesh of our enemies, while putting our loved ones to rest..." is something that stands out dramatically. This short was wonderfully written, and in aspects, I was rolling my eyes with the narrator (not in a bad way). Now, that's something.
Overall this collection of short horror stories was a fascinating and thrilling read. Most of the stories I give 5 stars and there were only one or two that I would give 3-4 stars. The stories featured in this book were a good length and it makes for perfect bedtime reading. You can easily read one of these stories before bed (and then hope that you don't have nightmares). A few of the stories that really stick in my mind are '82 Rungs', 'Ellie Hill', 'Sacrificial Version', and 'Cold Harbour'I plan to go back and read this collection again soon so I enjoy some of these stories all over again. Great job by all of the authors and if you are a horror fan, definitely worth the read.