"Scary anthology of stories!"
In this anthology of short stories, we have a bit of
everything. In our first story, HORS D’OEUVRES OF THE GODS,
we go back in time to the days of slavery. One family seems
to have made a pact with the devil and when the War Between
the States comes around, they move to an island in the
East. Even though the slaves are supposedly freed, they
know better and stay with the family. When the patriarch of
the family dies, the new undertaker is called in to take
care of the body. Of course, when he finds out his father
had signed a contract with this family to eat their sins,
he’s not too thrilled. Will he be forced to honor the
contract his father signed?
In our second story, THE CHEN-WAH CHICKEN CUP, we deal with
two of the seven deadly sins, Lust and Avarice, as they try
to entice a couple with a priceless antique cup. We also
have the story of a rotating pinkie finger in THE TALENTED
PINKIE, and a supernatural dog in DOG SPELLED BACKWARDS.
In the story, FAUNA, we deal with a woman stuck in a rut.
When she inherits a chalet on the edges of a national
preserve, she decides to chuck the whole rat race and move
up there. Little does she know she inherits more than just
the house and the land it sits on.
We also have a story of redemption, or lack thereof, in THE
BONE YARD BALL. Then there’s the story of talent and the
amazing turn it can take with SLUMP BUSTER. And the last
story in this anthology deals with an undead comic in DEAD
POST CRYPT is something you don’t want to read late at
night. Author Susan Zoon does a wonderful job of keeping us
on the edge of our seats with these horror-filled stories.
All of these stories have one thing in common: the
surprising twist at their end. This is the type of horror I
enjoy reading: something with a twist and not overly
descriptive. The type of horror that leaves me tempted to
leave the lights on when I go to bed, and Susan Zoon brings
it to life in all these short stories. If you enjoy horror,
don’t miss this one!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted December 22, 2006