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I downloaded this after listening to Endurance by the same author and I noticed many common themes running through these stories as well as Endurance. Amputation, limb loss and cannibalism feature in the majority of the stories so it starts to get very predictable after you've heard a few. And just like Endurance I found that none of these stories are actually scary but are more like black comedy, which is not a negative point, but isn't what I expected when I downloaded "Horror Stories".
What is strange about this audiobook is that the author writes little introductions to his stories which often give the main theme of the story away before it's even begun. For example there is one story where a character is revealed to be a vampire mid-way through, but the author has already told us it's a vampire story before it begun. Very bizarre!
Narration is very good and some of the stories are truly funny, especially the one about Santa Claus and the last story which was written with J A Konrath!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Excellent horror stories. All very original, although a lot of them are quite sick and twisted. The narration was also spot on.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
WE DON ALLOW FOR SMUGGYNESS AT S.A. MEETINGS
Call me sophomoric, weird or just plain sick, but I loved these stories. If I had only one credit to spend, I would spend it on Konrath. These stories are laugh out loud, roll on the ground, pull over the car funny. I read lots of story collections and these were the most entertaining of any one collection, I have ever read. Konrath mixes comedy with grossness, S word, and horror. Konrath's stories get funnier the longer they go. S.A. is a good example. He takes what would be a weird werewolf story to start, but brings in Santa Claus, God and the Devil and keeps the ball rolling.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO SHOOT?
I TEACH HIGH SCHOOL
When Konrath decides to go gross, which is often, he is the best. If you have a weak stomach, don't attempt these stories. I have read Matt Shaw, Nick Cutter, Edward lee, Jack Ketchum, Anderson Purity, Steve Vernon, Scott Sigler, Timothy by Mark Tufo, Snowbound by Blake Crouch, Afraid and Endurance by Konrath and numerous Zombie books by numerous authors. Those were all good to great stories by great authors, but these stories as a whole are worse or better according to how you look at it. There are torture stories, people being skinned alive (aliens eating their scabs), people eating feces, people being eaten alive and so much more.
AIN'T NOTHING BUT A LITTLE PRICK ON A LITTLE PRICK
In one hilarious story, three rednecks capture a good looking female vampire with big knockers and they have her everyway possible. Just to warn you about one of the other taboos, that turn people off to some stories. That is just one example of several. I am trying not to say the S word so this is not held up in Review Pending Approval status for a week.
I can not say enough good things about the narrator, Andrew MacLeod. As much fun as the book would be to read, Andrew's performance has to make listening better by ten fold.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
Some of the stories are entertaining, nothing is scarey, some are just amazingly boring. It's hit or miss. The narrator is really good. The most obnoxious part of these stories is the Endless self degridation in the authors notes at the start of EVERY story. So thats 26 times you have to listen to whining. It really ruins the entire book. After the 8th one I lost any sympathy I had.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful