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I bought this kindle book quite some time ago, and I'd pick away at the short stories within over time. It unfortunately managed to get itself lodged in the lower tiers of my kindle files and didn't get looked at again for quite some time. I've since rectified that, and I'm glad I did because there are some awesome stories in here. First off, Rage Against The Night was created to help with a horror author's medical bills. That part of it had a bittersweet ending, but I am amazed at the outpouring of enjoyment and gratitude from both readers and writers alike. some of my top stories include: Keeping Watch by Nate Kenyon Afterword, There Will Be A Hallway by Gary A. Braunbeck Roadside Memorials by Joseph Nassise Agatha's Ghost by Ramsey Campbell Chillers by Lisa Morton Dead Air by Gary Kemble Fair Extension by Stephen King
There were a couple I did not enjoy, they came across less horror and more hardboiled detective or crime thriller. But mostly they were great. Some of these first appeared in other publications, some are first published here. All in all a great horror collection.
All proceeds for this e-book go to a good cause, motor neurone disease, a disease which claimed the life of someone close and massively affected our family. That gives me two really good reasons to recommend the download. Firstly, you're giving to a good cause. Secondly, you're paying very little for a quality anthology of short horror stories by some of the best horror writers in the business - Stephen King, Peter Straub and Ramsey Campbell for instance.
The Gunner's Love Song - Joe McKinney, Keeping Watch - Nate Kenyon, Like Part of the Family - Jonathan Maberry, The Edge of Seventeen - Alexandra Sokoloff, The View from the Top - Bev Vincent, Afterward There Will Be a Hallway - Gary A. Braunbeck, Following Marla - John R. Little, Magic Numbers - Gene O'Neill, Tail the Barney - Stephen M. Irwin, The Nightmare Dimension - David Conyers, Roadside Memorials - Joseph Nassise, Dat Tay Vao - F. Paul Wilson, Constitution - Scott Nicholson, Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle - Peter Straub, Agatha's Ghost - Ramsey Campbell, Blue Heeler - Weston Ochse, Sarah's Visions - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, More Than Words - David Niall Wilson, Chillers - Lisa Morton, Changed - Nancy Holder, Dead Air - Gary Kemble, Two Fish to Feed the Masses - Daniel G. Keohane, Fenstad's End - Sarah Langan, Fair Extension - Stephen King Rocky Wood, Skeleton Killer - Jeff Strand.
That's quite a complilation and there's bound to be something here to suit your own particular tastes. Look out for 'Afterwards There Will Be A Hallway' by Gary A. Braunbeck as a special treat. One of the best short stories I've read for a very long time and with a subtle eeriness that lingers for a long time. Don't be too downhearted if you find yourself not enjoying any one of the stories - just flick a few pages and get right into the next one.
The concept behind the collection is to pay tribute to those who take a stand against evil and refuse to let it go by unchecked "...The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing...". These characters 'Rage Against the Night' and are fully prepared to sacrifice themselves in the battle against evil but; this is a horror anthology and nothing's quite as simple as it might appear. Expect the unexpected.
I can't do anything but recommend this anthology and promote the fight against motor neurone. (Good luck Rocky Wood!).
Collection of 25 short horror stories that was easy enough getting my money's worth. I had always been wanting to read Scott Nicholson and Jonathan Mayberry so this anthology provided me the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - Mayberry's twist on vampires and werewolves had me going, but Nicholson's gruesome descriptions of a dead actor using makeup to try and convince his wife he was still among the living while slowly rotting away was the clear winner for me. Peter Straub (author of Ghost Story) ought be a name you're familiar with if you like horror books, and who doesn't know the name Stephen King of which I did enjoy his short story "Fair Extension" which reminded me some of the novel "Thinner" tho in reverse (not quite the twisted ending as was Thinner). Toss in fine works by Joe McKinney (author of the series Dead World) and Joseph Nassive (author of the series Templar Chronicles) for good measure and you have more than enough to keep you amused for quite a while. Very good collection overall together with an active table of contents so you can read any of the tales in any order you choose including:
1) The Gunner's Love song by Joe McKinney 2) Keeping watch by Nate Kenyon 3) Like Part of the Family by Jonathan Mayberry 4) The Edge of Seventeen by Alexandra Sokoloff 5) The View From the Top by Bev Vincent 6) Afterward, There Will Be a Hallway by Gary A Braunbeck 7) Following Marcia by John R Little 8) Magic Numbers by Gene O'Neill 9) Tail the Barney by Stephen Mirwin 10) The Nightmare Dimension by David Conyers 11) Roadside Memories by Joseph Nassise 12) Dat Tay Voa by F. Paul Wilson 13) Constitution by Scott Nicholson 14) Mr. Aikman's Air rifle by Peter Straub 15) Agatha's Ghost by Ramsey Campbell 16) Blue Heeler by Weston Ochse 17) Sarah's Vision by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro 18) More Than Words by David Niall Wilson 19) Chillers by Lisa Morton 20) Changed by Nancy Holder 21) Dead Air by Gary Kemble 22) Two fish to Feed the Masses by Daniel G Keohane 23) Fenstad's End by Sarah Langan 24) Fair Extensions by Stephen King 25) Rocky Wood, skeleton Killer by Jeff Strand
A horror anthology originally written to raise money for an eye machine for fellow horror writer Rocky Wood to cope with ALS and now in his memory. It contains some great horror writing. I will give a brief summary of each story (simply to whet the appetite)
The Gunner's Love Song
An soldier takes care of a problem back home.
Years later in a letter to his sister, a man remembers a horror years past.
Like part of the family
A Private Investigator seeking an ex-husband for his female client gets more than he bargains for. Luckily, he has a surprise of his own.
The Edge of Seventeen
In the town of San Gorgonio, a teen changes the odds.
The View from the top
At a circus, hidden things come to light.
Afterward, there will be a hallway
A man speaks to the dead and comes to know them.
A man seeks to find his love and learns along the way.
A boy plays by numbers.
Tail the Barney
A group of friends seek something.
The Nightmare Dimension
A man seeks out a soul and finds more than he bargains for.
A man is disturbed by crosses on the road side.
Dat Tay Vao
A dying man is saved but how and who did it?
A man tries to live after death.
Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle
Four men are connected by the same dream.
An old lady is being haunted.
A boy finds out a family secret.
A man decides his future.
More than Words
Centuries ago in another life, a man failed to protect the words and now he seeks to atone.
One day the earth grows cold. . .things come out.
Vampires come to town.
On an airplane, horror unfolds.
Two fish to feed the masses
A man fights against an unnatural horde.
A man finds his place in the new world.
A dying man makes a deal.
Rocky Wood, Skeleton Killer
Rocky Wood seeks to fight a skeleton.
I love this. All these great stories where people are fighting battles of different kinds. Sometimes winning and other times losing, but fighting the last good fight. Must read!
I gave it 4 stars because of all the proceeds going to a very good cause. And I admire people who came up with the idea.
This is a collection of stories, and some of them are good, but to me, very few are very good. Zombies on a plane, humankind dying out in epidemic, strange creatures coming with frost and killing, strange creatures coming from TV and killing ...You've got it.
Some stories were so boring I had difficulty registering what they were about.
A couple stories really stood out. Stephen King's (which I have read before) and the one about three skeletons on a mission (which I haven't). Another one called Blue Heeler almost reduced me to tears. These three are the stars of the show. The monster in the lake wasn't bad either. Wearwolf surprising vampires in the fight was pretty good too, despite you could guess the plot pretty early on.
I am sure others will find more stories to their taste, it all depends on what you like.
I downloaded this collection of stories because I have been a fan of Stephen King since the 80's. I enjoy all his works, novels, short stories, movies, and TV shows. So I was so happy to find a collection of other good authors who also write horror stories. The title of the book says it all, Rage Against the Night. The general theme is people fighting against darkness and evil.
I like reading short stories (especially scary ones) during the summer. You can read one while traveling in the car, sitting by a pool or beach, staying in a hotel room, staying at a relatives's house, sitting in the park, in your backyard lawn chair, in your tent camping or sitting on the couch with a fan blowing on you. And then find yourself being a little scared because there could be someone lurking behind a tree or something creeping down the hallway...
While reading these stories on my kindle, I took notes on which stories were my favorite so I could look up books they published. It's always fun to find new authors. So far I downloaded The Keeper by Sarah Langan and really really liked it, finished it in a day. I am going to read more of her books next. Then go back to my kindle notes and read more authors. (One author was way too political and I won't be reading any more of her books. I may agree with some things, but no one likes to be preached at in a peice of fiction, we get enough on facebook and in unwanted emails from friends and relatives.)
I recommend this collection of scary stories, to the constant readers and fans of horror, you know who you are. The ones looking behind shower curtains, seeing something move under a bed, or getting a little freaked out when we stare in the mirror for too long...
The stories here were written to scare and horrify the reader. Indeed they do.
Some gave me a sense of deja vu. Only four within are original to this anthology. All are terrific (look up the origin of the word), and as is always the case, some are more terrific than others.
The book was lovingly compiled to honor a much beloved president of the Horror Writers Association, and by all accounts a thankless, I'm glad it's you and not me, position with the exception of the man himself, Rocky Hood.
The honorium was to raise money for Rocky, who had just been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In order for him to continue his life's work, an eye gaze machine was called for.
He knew more about Stephen Kingʼs work than Mr. King himself (Mr. Hood was the go to guy for anything King, Stephen himself said, in the afterward to Dr. Sleep). The machine was purchased, and Mr. Hood was a researcher for Dr. Sleep.
The stories are outstanding. Please read this book. I especially loved the last one. Rather silly.
While this is sold as a horror anthology it felt more like a collection of everything, ranging from crime to horror to sci-fi (either that or I no longer have a soul with which to feel fear...) but despite this I still did enjoy it. Some of the stories were fantastic and I demolished them like there was no tomorrow while others took me a little longer to get through. There was the odd one or two that I didn't get on with, either for the writing style or the story itself didn't nab me but there weren't many of those. I also stumbled across of few authors I've only recently discovered so it was nice to read more by them too. And I loved the story hero story at the end, that really made me chuckle.
The stories in this collection are excellent. But apparently, they were not edited. Perhaps the publishers thought that with such a strong line-up of names, the stories would be perfection and above needing attention. Or maybe the editor didn't know the difference between inclination and indication, between muscle and mussel For example "That was my first inclination that something was wrong." - Surely this is meant to be "That was my first INDICATION that something was wrong." "A seagull swooped and tugged a muscle free." should be "A seagull swooped and tugged a MUSSEL free."
This book was promoted as a fundraiser to pay for the medical costs of a specific person. A laudable aim. But that person has been dead for several years. Where does the money go? I think this should be stated.