- Paperback: 437 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub; 1st edition (1 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523814039
- ISBN-13: 978-1523814039
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
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A-Z of Horror: Complete Collection Paperback – Import, 1 Feb 2016
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A is for Antichrist - While his parents go out for the evening, Isaac is allowed to celebrate his birthday with a party at home with some friends. As the evening progresses, everything seems to be going his way. Isaac begins to suspect something is different, regardless of anything or anyone else, Isaac knows this will be a birthday he will never forget! Totally awesome ride in a "OMG Gross, how cool is that?" way. One of my favorites from this series.
B is for Bogeywoman - I absolutely loved this short story. I can still remember as a young girl turning off the light, then run-jumping on top of the bed [before I get a bedside lamp that is], just in case there was something under my bed that might grab me. As with most childhood fears, you thankfully outgrow them. Now there's not much out there (book or movie-wise) thatscares me anymore. Probably one of the many reasons I love Horror movies and books now. A Definite Favorite!
C is for Clown - Stacey had been sitting and watching a movie for five minutes before she noticed the clown in the corner of the room. And why does It's nose keep changing color? This story progressed at an even pace right till the ending, where it fizzled. I will be reading several of the short stories from this series over and over again, but this won't be one of them. Though one bad story in an entire set is rare, usually there's more bad ones, but not in this set!
D is for Degenerate: A homeless drifter with unusual sexual tendencies meets a farmer with a twisted sense of humor. I actually laughed out loud when I read this one. While some were offended to the point this short story was banned [due to content], I thought it was funny. In order words, I saw the joke for what it was. Probably due to my twisted sense of humor and being a Major Matt Shaw fan, if you like Matt's work, not much would shock nor offend you.
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D is for Detour: [By Guest Author Jacob Rayne] - Excellent short story, I kept losing focus because of all the typos. Hopefully the Guest Author (or Iain will correct them in a later update). Either way, the characters were well developed with a well thought out storyline. Good enough to give one a good feel for this author's work. I'll have check his other work.
NOTE: This version of "D" was created by Guest Author Jacob Rayne to replace Iain's original (banned) version for "D."
E is for Exterminator - Antworth Manor is in serious need of renovating, starting with all the bugs. Rats, spiders, and cockroaches have been making Antworth Manor their home for over a decade now. That old (showing my age here) T.V. commercial for margarine pops in my mind, it's catchphrase at least, "You don't fool with Mother Nature." Reading a short story by Iain Rob Wright about bugs is like having your child come home from school with a lice scare. You know there aren't any, but you can't stop scratching either. So as you continue to read, you can't help slapping yourself to get rid of imaginary bugs. Loved it.
F is for Feral - Thirteen-year old Max is like any other boy his age, only interested in girls. Ever since a girl died in the nearby woods, it's been rumoured to be haunted, so when one of three girls wants to check it out, instead of being worried about the woods, he only cares about hanging out with girls. A different take on an old ghost story, I liked it, and the twist (if you read this you'll know what I mean).
G is for Genome - Dr Lester Solberg is an old man adjusting to the thought of his upcoming retirement. That is, until he is offered a position to work at a secret scientific facility. An awesome short story that once again reinforces the words secret facility and Iain Rob Wright never equal something good. Another Great Short Story.
H is for Hell - Take an Aesop Fables morality, add a dash of "You reap what you sew," flavor to taste with a dash of the imagination of Iain Rob Wright, and you end with a new meaning to the expressions "I should've stayed in bed" and "had a day from Hell." Barbara’s day starts bad and goes downhill fast. Another favorite.
I is for Ice - As you begin to awaken, slowly feeling your body regaining a normal body temperature, you begin to notice a soft male voice, it's telling you to “stay calm, everything will be okay.” His tells you his name is Dr Faraday, the year is 2056, you and several other scientists entered cryogenic sleep pods. Before that happened, they were trying to find a cure for the Super Flu. An awesome short, strong characters, a tightly woven storyline, and excellent flow of events. One can only hope that someday Iain will write additional stories in this same storyline, would make an excellent prequel to a series, I'd buy it. 😇
J is for Jaws - A new reason to avoid swimming in the sea... Four friends in the Gulf of Mexico sunbathing on a yacht, until an unexpected guest arrives. I found certain parts humorous, more a thrilling haha than an "OMG ahhh" as you run screaming from a room, or in the case of this story, swimming. Great Short.
K is for Klutz - I absolutely loved it. The twist within caught me by surprise, from one comment made by the old man, my mind pondered then dismiss it, only to be surprised by it later. After you read this short story, you'll understand what I meant. Great Short.
L is for Lamia: Nobody likes a late night knock at the door One close-knit family, settled down for the night playing games before bedtime hear a knock at the door. Not expecting company, they wonder who on earth has the nerve to show up uninvited. For Patrick, the answer could be horrifying, especially if you happen to be in an Iain Rob Wright story.
M is for Matty-Bob: A younger, up and coming author tracked to his home address by a crazed stalker fan, Matty-Bob bringing the horror from Iain's books to the real world. While stalking is a very serious and frightening experience, I love how Iain has turned this horrifying incident into a laughable, funny, freak fest of chills. There were certain parts where Iain's occasional daydream-like inner commentary, fugging pizzas, swinging testicles, and surreal comments, was just too darn funny, you can't help but laugh at Matty-Bob's antics.
M is for Matty-Bob - Matty-Bob's version of the stalking incident, blaming others as the cause for his stalking is so far fetched, it confirms just how completely delusional he is. The thought of his ever being released from the crazy house.. hospital is down right freaky.
N is for Nightmare - For Noddy, the evening was a fog filled night of drinking, drugs, and women. He can't even recall how he even got home. Now that he is, all he wants to do is sleep it off, hopefully without waking his mom. Unfortunately for him she woke up, did he make too much noise or was she waiting for him to come home? The rest of his evening goes downhill fast in true Iain Rob Wright fashion.
O is for Orifice - Ever woken up without a mouth? Eleanor has. Next thing you know her day starts getting worse, was that an ear? Sorry, that's gone now too! Totally Creepy watching her freak herself out, yet think awesome, can't wait to see what Iain dreamed up to tie off this story. Others might not, but it's totally based on one's perception of funny-creepy or whatever, but I thought it was great.
P is for Peeling - This short story is in my opinion one of the best stories in Iain's A-Z of Horror Series. So far, P is for Peeling is on my top Five favorites of this series, and there are several which are pretty darn fantastic. Charles dreams of being a writer. When The Gatekeeper Publishing Convention comes to town he believes he will finally get his chance, everyone knows stars are made from attending the convention, after all, several publishing houses come so they can to meet new authors. When he heard this year the convention will be in Birmingham, only ten miles away, believing its fate he prepares all year so he will be ready come convention day. Then he gets the flu, or is it? You can never tell in Iain Rob Wright's world, and Never trust fate where Iain is concerned!
Q is for Quarantine - Want to visit Australia? Then leave your food at home. Not obeying the rules can lead to bloodshed. Especially if it's through the customs worker in an Iain Rob Wright story. Spenny works at the international customs section of the Australian airport. One day, before heading out for a break, Spenny takes some candies and an orange he confiscated earlier to the Quarantine lockers, they will remain there while waiting for disposal. That's when he notices something strange.
R is for Revenant - Jason lost his girlfriend Helen one year ago in a freak accident. Tonight she came back, with no memory of the year that passed, she returns to find her best friend Rebecca is living with her boyfriend, at least the one she had before she died. As Jason tries to help Helen figure out where she's been the last year.. (didn't they attend her funeral?), Rebecca becomes even more jealous of the attention Jason gives Helen. But then you begin to wonder, if she was buried, why is she back?
S is for Sand - Josh knew that asking a woman to marry you is a magical moment for any woman, something she will remember for the rest of her life. It’s important to do things perfectly. One of the most important things you "Don't" want to do, is endanger her life (unless you're both planning to bungee jump from a moving plane or something). Guess nobody told Josh that. Then again, if it went perfectly he and his intended (Madison) wouldn't be in an Iain Rob Wright story would they? [Insert Evil Laugh Here].
T is for Troglodyte - Trevor is the tour guide of an old cave system, one which is rumored to be haunted by the Worley Witch. Unlike other caves you'd enter, this one has one major rule you need to follow ... Never, under any circumstances, attempt to summon the Worley Witch, Ever, not even as a joke. Unfortunately for Trevor and the rest of the party he is showing through the cave system, he has a severely disrespectful joker in the group.
- Concept: I mean, 26 stories of horror, each one corresponding to it's respective letter in the alphabet? Being able to complete this at *all( is impressive to me, but being able to do it well? I wasn't expecting it, but Iain really pulled a rabbit out of his hat. And then preceded to do it about 20 more times (there were a few sub-par ones, but out of 26? Not bad).
- Style: Iain writes *horror*. Schlock, supernatural, suspense, psychological, or just plain unlucky, it's here. Iain covers nearly every type of horror out there, and does it *well*. Sometimes it's graphic, sometimes it's puzzling, sometimes it's (actually) hilarious.
- Diversity: One of the great things about this collection is the diversity that's almost *forced* upon Iain.He has to keep mixing it up. Every character feels different, every situation unique. If it's not scary, it's interesting, funny, or at least *feels* horror.
- Scary: Finally, a story that at least has a couple scary stories. Writing doesn't manage to scare me very often, but some of Iain's stories are downright terrifying. The one that comes immediately to mind is "O is for Orifice". I didn't have high hopes but...it was *very* unsettling*.
Not So Good:
- First Story: The first story is the worst. I'm just going to say it: it's pretty bad. I almost didn't buy the collection because of it. By no means is the story *bad*, it's just...okay. And after reading "just okay" for weeks, I needed something more. I'm sure it's not as bad as I remember, but just push through the first one. Trust me.
- Concept: The concept is great, but sometimes it backs Iain into a corner. With many of his stories, he's able to really deliver, but sometimes, it almost comes across as "Well...what did you expect with 'x'?" As with any collection of stories, there will be good ones, and there will be ones we don't speak of. The former outweighs the latter, but there are still stories that are just a bit...lazy.
"A-Z of Horror" is disturbing, well-written, and occasionally, hilarious. I haven't read anymore of Iain's work, but if it's anything like this, I plan on it.