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What if the horrors of a seemingly innocent and fun haunted house attraction were real? What if someone were inside with you, stalking you and feeding on your fear? What if every corner of the maze were deadly? What if you couldn't get out? The Horror tells the story of Lisa and Alan, two college teens visiting a theatrical haunted maze themed after local urban legends. On What if the horrors of a seemingly innocent and fun haunted house attraction were real? What if someone were inside with you, stalking you and feeding on your fear? What if every corner of the maze were deadly? What if you couldn't get out? The Horror tells the story of Lisa and Alan, two college teens visiting a theatrical haunted maze themed after local urban legends. Once inside it becomes clear that the macabre, grisly sights are not just smoke and mirrors, and gallons of fake blood, but the gory work of a deranged psychopath who is inside the house, hunting them. This 43-page one-shot novellete (aka an extended short story) was a labor of love, a tribute to the slasher genre, and was inspired by one of author Randy L. Shaffer's worst fears: that someone sinister could easily stalk an unassuming guest in a haunted house maze. The result is a terrifying, atmospheric ride through a fast-paced, nail-biting narrative that simply does not let up. Be on the lookout for a follow-up one-shot in fall 2014. Also, check out Randy L. Shaffer's other books, including the dramatic short story, Does She Smile at Home?, the spirited novella, Vampire Zombie Claus, and his "Goosebumps for adults" short story series, Wicked Neighborhood (with titles including The Stray Cats and The Foot). Praise for The Horror: "The Horror offers fresh scares within the traditional feel of the scary story ... Shaffer has possibly ruined haunted houses for most of his readers, but in a good way." - Horror-Writers.net "Visceral and Terrifying." - Amazon Review "Once you start this short story you won't want to put it down until it's done." - Amazon Review "Chilling!" - Amazon Review "The true sign of a good horror story is the impact of the realistic fear on its reader...and this is as realistic as it can get!" - Amazon Review The Horror has enjoyed more than 30 days as one of Amazon's Top 50 best-selling horror short stories!


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What if the horrors of a seemingly innocent and fun haunted house attraction were real? What if someone were inside with you, stalking you and feeding on your fear? What if every corner of the maze were deadly? What if you couldn't get out? The Horror tells the story of Lisa and Alan, two college teens visiting a theatrical haunted maze themed after local urban legends. On What if the horrors of a seemingly innocent and fun haunted house attraction were real? What if someone were inside with you, stalking you and feeding on your fear? What if every corner of the maze were deadly? What if you couldn't get out? The Horror tells the story of Lisa and Alan, two college teens visiting a theatrical haunted maze themed after local urban legends. Once inside it becomes clear that the macabre, grisly sights are not just smoke and mirrors, and gallons of fake blood, but the gory work of a deranged psychopath who is inside the house, hunting them. This 43-page one-shot novellete (aka an extended short story) was a labor of love, a tribute to the slasher genre, and was inspired by one of author Randy L. Shaffer's worst fears: that someone sinister could easily stalk an unassuming guest in a haunted house maze. The result is a terrifying, atmospheric ride through a fast-paced, nail-biting narrative that simply does not let up. Be on the lookout for a follow-up one-shot in fall 2014. Also, check out Randy L. Shaffer's other books, including the dramatic short story, Does She Smile at Home?, the spirited novella, Vampire Zombie Claus, and his "Goosebumps for adults" short story series, Wicked Neighborhood (with titles including The Stray Cats and The Foot). Praise for The Horror: "The Horror offers fresh scares within the traditional feel of the scary story ... Shaffer has possibly ruined haunted houses for most of his readers, but in a good way." - Horror-Writers.net "Visceral and Terrifying." - Amazon Review "Once you start this short story you won't want to put it down until it's done." - Amazon Review "Chilling!" - Amazon Review "The true sign of a good horror story is the impact of the realistic fear on its reader...and this is as realistic as it can get!" - Amazon Review The Horror has enjoyed more than 30 days as one of Amazon's Top 50 best-selling horror short stories!

30 review for The Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brainycat

    Brainycat's 5 "B"s : blood: 3 boobs: 0 bombs: 0 bondage: 0 blasphemy: 2 Stars : 3 Bechdel Test : FAIL Deggan's Rule : FAIL Gay Bechdel Test : FAIL Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book. This is a very quick read, too short and simple to be marketed as a novella. It doesn't really add anything to the "crazed chainsaw w Brainycat's 5 "B"s : blood: 3 boobs: 0 bombs: 0 bondage: 0 blasphemy: 2 Stars : 3 Bechdel Test : FAIL Deggan's Rule : FAIL Gay Bechdel Test : FAIL Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book. This is a very quick read, too short and simple to be marketed as a novella. It doesn't really add anything to the "crazed chainsaw wielding psychopath slaughtering kids trapped in a locked house" genre, but it is mercifully well edited. Mr. Shaffer is no Ed Lee, nor is he trying to be - this is a middle of the road bog standard not-especially-gruesome slasher. Comforting in it's predictability, to be honest. The writing is competent if not expansive; the pacing, arc and resolution all worked well but I felt the sentence structures to be repetitive and the vocabulary to be a bit limited. I'm feeling generous because I got this free through Kindle Unlimited; I'dve paid up £0.50 before feeling ripped off.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Tremp

    A classic short story that is far better than ninety percent of short stories I have recently read. Now this was a fun short story I recommend to anyone who doesn’t have time to read a full novel but needs a quick rush. I love the idea of a madman serial killer using a Halloween haunted house to do his dirty deeds. Charley scans the line of people waiting to go though the house of horrors, looking for the perfect victims. He finds the perfect unsuspecting couple, and once its their turn to enter, A classic short story that is far better than ninety percent of short stories I have recently read. Now this was a fun short story I recommend to anyone who doesn’t have time to read a full novel but needs a quick rush. I love the idea of a madman serial killer using a Halloween haunted house to do his dirty deeds. Charley scans the line of people waiting to go though the house of horrors, looking for the perfect victims. He finds the perfect unsuspecting couple, and once its their turn to enter, he locks the doors and begins his killing spree which also includes hired actors inside the house dressed as monsters and zombies. A bit campy, but I highly recommend The Horror. Enjoy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber Sage- smith

    I love me some Horror and this short story did not disappoint! Well written and very descriptive it held my attention until the very end. I am Looking forward to reading more stories by this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mcclain

    So this short story was something I picked up because it looked interesting and luckily that's exactly what it turned out to be. It was somewhat formulaic but that's what the author was aiming for in doing a homage to serial killer movies. It did utilize an interesting setting and some clever inclusion of the local folklore which was a nice touch. Also I liked that the people were reasonable in the face of such terror and also that the villain was evil for evil's sake with no back story or anyt So this short story was something I picked up because it looked interesting and luckily that's exactly what it turned out to be. It was somewhat formulaic but that's what the author was aiming for in doing a homage to serial killer movies. It did utilize an interesting setting and some clever inclusion of the local folklore which was a nice touch. Also I liked that the people were reasonable in the face of such terror and also that the villain was evil for evil's sake with no back story or anything. In some ways someone willing to kill for the hell of it is far scarier than someone nursing a grudge for something very real that'd been done against them in the past. It was quite entertaining and definitely warrants a read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy A

    Ho,hum another teeny gore story, not terribly impressed. Getting slapped by one of the actors in a haunted house was not any scarier. Real life, don't snap their masks. There are actual people under them, and they DO get pissed. Ho,hum another teeny gore story, not terribly impressed. Getting slapped by one of the actors in a haunted house was not any scarier. Real life, don't snap their masks. There are actual people under them, and they DO get pissed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mauricia

    This book was crap Really? Are you kidding me? This was not a real book. This was a high school essay contest. I want my .99¢ back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patty Mabery

    $Cray $Cray a good tale. kinda gross in a few spots I won't be going there in my lifetime!! but a good tale. $Cray $Cray a good tale. kinda gross in a few spots I won't be going there in my lifetime!! but a good tale.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Krissie

    Seriously? Just as soon as it was getting interesting... it was over. Less than one hundred pages. Probably less than 50. Very disappointing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Watson

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nanette Vardy-Forth

  11. 4 out of 5

    Therese

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Messick

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Shirey

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Earl

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie M

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa P Weinberger

  18. 5 out of 5

    james beckner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Hunt

  20. 4 out of 5

    REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer

  21. 5 out of 5

    darlene farmer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mcparland

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy L Mossinger

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Bryan

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo Novotny

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Lalor

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Guthrie

  29. 4 out of 5

    LynArdite

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Kuipers

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