Who is ready for one last bit of spooky yummyness? I totally forgot that I had this short story collection on my Nook, so yay happy surprise. The book is Strange Afterlives edited by one of my faves A. Lee Martinez. The premise is a collection of stories about undead creatures and objects that are not human...here are my favorites as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Late Mrs. Buttons by Sally Hamilton - After watching Annabelle at the firehouse last week, I am now terrified of dolls. This story gives us another reason to treat these spooky human facsimiles with respect and a bit of terror as well. After reading this, you might think twice about how you dispose of old toys.
An Undercover Haunting by Kristi Hutson - Speaking of humorous, this story features a haunted afghan...yep you heard me right a blanket that speaks from beyond the grave. The addition of it being a bunch of college boys who are being possessed makes the tone of this tale spot on.
The Runner by John Bartell - This is one of the creepiest retellings of a children's story that I have ever read. If you thought the tale of The Gingerbread Man was already a little dark, then this version takes to a level that is pitch black. A bit of sadness and a twisted friendship make this story pack a huge punch for its small page count.
The Scavenger Hunt by J.B. Sanders Jr. - Zombie cars...not much else to say other then what a cool concept. The author manages to pack a whole spooky story in just a couple of pages. The setting is chilling, the idea is terrifying and the ending is perfect.
All of the stories in this collection are very creative and different, making it a book that has something for everyone. At just 5 to 15 pages each, all 11 stories can be read very quickly. After reading this I am now terrified that just about everything in my house is going to come back to life and kill me. Happy Reading Everybody!