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FEAR: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors. Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story. Every author in the Anthol FEAR: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors. Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story. Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières. FEAR, with forewords by international bestselling authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is now available in two volumes.


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FEAR: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors. Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story. Every author in the Anthol FEAR: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors. Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story. Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières. FEAR, with forewords by international bestselling authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is now available in two volumes.

30 review for Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror (Volume 2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chantal Boudreau

    With this charity anthology, Crooked Cat offers a second great selection of fear-inspiring stories - all proceeds going to a couple of very good causes. While every story had entertainment value, I found a greater range of quality in this volume than in the first. Some of the stories were exceptional, but others had clear language issues that might be distracting to the more discerning reader and there were more grammatical, punctuation and wording issues missed during copy editing in this volum With this charity anthology, Crooked Cat offers a second great selection of fear-inspiring stories - all proceeds going to a couple of very good causes. While every story had entertainment value, I found a greater range of quality in this volume than in the first. Some of the stories were exceptional, but others had clear language issues that might be distracting to the more discerning reader and there were more grammatical, punctuation and wording issues missed during copy editing in this volume. I would still recommend it if you enjoy a good horror anthology, and I would single out these stories in particular: The Sad Story of the Death of a King (Jane Wright) – One of those stories so well written its invisible – by that I mean you no longer recognize that you’re reading and just become one with the story. Great characterization and excellent imagery that dragged me back to my old days Trick-or-Treating. It Sticks with You (Kim Krodel) – Brilliant storytelling and very much fear inspiring. I consider a story particularly special if it gives me goose-bumps – this one gave me a serious case of goose-bumps. The Lost Souls (Laura Huntley) – This story was very moving and actually made me cry, although it was more disturbing than frightening. The tale was well told. The author manages to generate sympathy for even those who were doing something heinous and I really connected with the main character despite the limited format of a short story. Scarecrow (Liam Hogan) – An excellent example of a story purely based on fear. It’s a simple premise but very well executed. It gave me a satisfying conclusion for the protagonist but still leaves you wondering what became of the poor farmer. The Living Eucharist (A. Taylor Douglas) –Wow! I really enjoyed this one. The characters were lifelike, the events of the tale just strange enough to be interesting, without being overdone, and the narrative flowed smoothly. The ending was particularly chilling. The Honeymoon’s Over (E.E. King) - A clever little story with just the right amount of detail and an interesting twist. I’m sure there will be more to come from Crooked Cat and these talented writers. I give this one four out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Mary Rose

    I am not one to normally sit down and read a gigantic horror book, because I simply do not like the crazy images I conjure for myself in my head. However, give me a giant book of mini horror stories and I’m good to go. I find anthologies like this one to be lots of fun and I am really glad I was given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. This anthology is a two volume set and each and every story is worth your time. They are all chilling and creepy and many have a crazy twist of fate I am not one to normally sit down and read a gigantic horror book, because I simply do not like the crazy images I conjure for myself in my head. However, give me a giant book of mini horror stories and I’m good to go. I find anthologies like this one to be lots of fun and I am really glad I was given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. This anthology is a two volume set and each and every story is worth your time. They are all chilling and creepy and many have a crazy twist of fate to them. This anthology is great because you can sit down and enjoy a bunch of scary stories back to back or you can pick the book up, read one story, and then come back later to read some more. So there is no way I can write about each and every story, so I picked out some of my favorites that I wanted to share with you guys. First we have What Goes Around by Carmen Jenner (she is awesome, by the way and one of my favorite blogger buddies.) This was the first story I read in the anthology, and even after all of the other stories, I could not forget it. Probably because it had zombies, and we all know that I am weirdly obsessed with zombies. Her zombies were vividly described and those descriptions made me cringe because they were so perfectly gross. I also loved the title and if you read the story you will see that it is an apt title for the twist that occurs. Next I want to mention Of Events At Lowkirk Cemetery by Michael Cail. I loved the time period this story was set in; gaslight automatically makes anything creepier. This story is like a story within a story. We come into it after the events have occurred and watch the main character describe the events to the police. I thought this was a very interesting way to get the story across. I also enjoyed the mention of strigoi, because Vampire Academy freak that I am, it excited me. Another favorite of mine was Little Darlings by Ginger Nielsen. This one truly creeped me out and I absolutely loved the twist at the end. There were lots of dolls in this one, and dolls freak me out, so this was a great scary story for me. The story did not go the way I expected at all, and I loved it for that. I love when a story surprises me. I also love that the little girl is not so innocent. I also really enjoyed The Lost Souls by Laura Huntley. This one was incredibly sad, but still had a creepy feel. This one really made my heart hurt. Despite its short length, I really felt for the character and made a connection with her. This is one of those stories that is not happy, but it is good. Last but not least, I want to mention Life and Death In A Cemetery by Denise Moncrief. I loved that this story jumped right into the action. It picks up after a woman has been kidnapped and she is digging her own grave. This leaves the reader to imagine how she got there and exactly what happened. I loved that the woman had fight in her and refused to back down. The ending to this one is an awesome twist and I was very happy with the turn of events. I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview Denise, so be sure to check that out after the review. I wish I could mention all of the stories, but then we would be here for days. These stories may have been the ones to stand out to me, but there may be others that stand out to you. Every single story is truly great and worth the read. Horror fans, this one is for you. *I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leon Davenport

    Just finish reading FEAR - A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror (Charity Anthology) Volume II, wow it was awesome. A most enjoyable read and all for a good cause, fantastic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liam Hogan

    As a charity anthology, for only a handful of pennies, it would be churlish (and uncharitable!) to pick at the loose threads in this e-book, which could perhaps have benefited by a little more editing. That aside, 30 stories means even if you don't like them all, there's something for everyone! Here's my favourite three : The Pond : Donna Cuttress Lovely idea of the threat in the back garden, and definitely unique. Love the terminator-esque relentlessness of the foe.. It Sticks With You : Kim Krode As a charity anthology, for only a handful of pennies, it would be churlish (and uncharitable!) to pick at the loose threads in this e-book, which could perhaps have benefited by a little more editing. That aside, 30 stories means even if you don't like them all, there's something for everyone! Here's my favourite three : The Pond : Donna Cuttress Lovely idea of the threat in the back garden, and definitely unique. Love the terminator-esque relentlessness of the foe.. It Sticks With You : Kim Krodel This one delivers a real sense of horror. It might be a little long to get going, and I'm still unsure what the narrator's intentions are when he makes his escape, but its a hell of a ride! The Lost Souls : Laura Huntley Like Synesthesia in Vol I, Lost Souls is a truly novel idea. I think it could take a little longer with the closing, a little more on whether she knows the punishment for not reliving the experience. But remarkable, none-the-less! And I should for full disclosure point out, that one of the stories is mine, and how delightful it is to see it in (e)print! Liam

  5. 4 out of 5

    Die Booth

    OK, I hope I'm not going to be shot down for honesty in this one, because it's been gnawing at me and I cannot tell a lie! I am extremely glad that this is a charity anthology for two very worthy causes and I sincerely hope that a good sum of money was raised. It's really commendable to produce an anthology for charity and fantastic that so many authors donated their work for this. The cover looks nice and pro. However the quality of stories is wildly varying. My main issue with this book (which I OK, I hope I'm not going to be shot down for honesty in this one, because it's been gnawing at me and I cannot tell a lie! I am extremely glad that this is a charity anthology for two very worthy causes and I sincerely hope that a good sum of money was raised. It's really commendable to produce an anthology for charity and fantastic that so many authors donated their work for this. The cover looks nice and pro. However the quality of stories is wildly varying. My main issue with this book (which I feature in) is the complete lack of any editing whatsoever. I've never seen so many errors in any book before in my life and being brutally honest I can't see how Crooked Cat allowed this to go to print in this state. I did point this out to them and maybe subsequent versions have been corrected since I bought my copy. All I can say is that this volume features a few gems and if you buy it the money will go to a good cause.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    A very good collection of horror short stories. Very few clunkers in the mix. Not real over-the-top gore; more like Ghost Stories. Creepy, a bit scary. Fairly well written. Mostly British authors, so the stories are mainly set in Merrie Olde England and Scotland, which is good. (There are some really great settings for ghost stories in the UK!) I kind of liked the Tomato Seed story. Heh. Weird! The book was fairly well edited/proofread, something that's been bugging me lately and I don't know wh A very good collection of horror short stories. Very few clunkers in the mix. Not real over-the-top gore; more like Ghost Stories. Creepy, a bit scary. Fairly well written. Mostly British authors, so the stories are mainly set in Merrie Olde England and Scotland, which is good. (There are some really great settings for ghost stories in the UK!) I kind of liked the Tomato Seed story. Heh. Weird! The book was fairly well edited/proofread, something that's been bugging me lately and I don't know why. Can't complain this time, anyway. And yes, I know... British spelling and grammar, not American... it makes a difference. Most of the authors are rather young and unknown, but most have been published in magazines and other collections. Seems to be alot of promising talent in the Horror Genre. That's a Good Thing Indeed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I liked this second anthology of horror and terror from Crooked Cat. There's something for all horror fans here. The only downside are the numerous typos. Well worth a read though. I liked this second anthology of horror and terror from Crooked Cat. There's something for all horror fans here. The only downside are the numerous typos. Well worth a read though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laronza Wiley-moore

    I love this series!!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    debra spurgeon

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

  11. 4 out of 5

    wayne smith

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toni Mfanway

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Yosef Robinson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tom Gillespie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janis Ian

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Goldberg

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aditya

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darren Phasey

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rita Dinis

  24. 5 out of 5

    MICHELLE SCOTT

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Winchester

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen L. Hilliard

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Lee

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Nikolai

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frances Plino

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