Genres: Anthology, Short Stories, Horror, Young Adult
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 18th 2015
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Somehow it didn’t surprise Dahlia Allgood that the world would end on a Friday.”
This anthology combines several stories to spook you, unsettle you and generally keep you up at night. Each story takes elements from classic horror films or novels.
Like many anthologies this book has highs and lows. Some stories were a bit of a slow read, while others were rewarding and spooky. There were so many strong, diverse female characters, in a genre that usually only rewards clumsy virgins. Some stories were gory, others just plain spooky but I was a little disappointed by the fear factor. Disappointed in the fact that it wasn’t really as strong as it should have been. A few stories fail to eve be spooky at all, however the stories almost all share one thing. Vengeance. Many of the stories feature victims beating down their monsters, or a victim becoming a monster, and something about that is so supremely satisfying. Some of the authors seem to have only a tentative grasp on horror as a genre. Several seem more like mystery or crime stories. Some are just sort of boring plot lines with every cliche possible tossed in but the book rounds itself out with the few authors who wrote excellently.. Not for the excessively weak-hearted but those with the heard of a house cat instead of a lion should be just fine.