Curious Goods: Jack-in-the-Box by Bones Monroe is story number four in the Curious Goods series. I purchased the book for USD 0.99 on Amazon although I could have read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. My KU queue was full and the annoyance of shuffling my books around was not worth USD 0.99. All the stories in the series are short and, to me, all are impressive. After posting this review I will spend time reading the other short stories in the series.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson is a remarkable account about the coming of age of Henry Jerome Denton from his perspective as a much-persecuted 13-year-old. The reader will have to read most of the novel before discovering the complete name of this protagonist. Through most of the novel, he will be identified with the name “Space Boy,” a title he despises. This is not a whining, complaining account; it is delivered more from a position of resignation, hints of despair, and an acceptance of the inevitability that the world will end on 29 January 2016. Since that is a given, absolutely nothing that happens prior to that point has any meaning. The only possible alternative will occur if the aliens convince Space Boy to hit the Big Red Button. Without Henry’s agreement to do this, planet Earth will cease to exist
The Cabin by Amy Cross is a 171-page horror novel published in November 2015 and available from Amazon at the low price of USD 0.99 or free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. For Anna, it begins as a story of renewed friendship with Marit, a friend who has invited her to see the “real” Norway. Anna, along with Marit and her friends Jennifer, Joe, Daniel, and Christian will spend several days in a cabin that is remote from everything and everywhere else. Marit serves a valuable service as an interpreter for Anna. Anna has zero knowledge of English. Except for Marit, the others feel free to turn their English off and on depending on their moods. Marit, as Anna’s close friend, appears to accept her role as an interpreter as an obligation to her friend.
The Printer From Hell by Amy Cross is a 150-page story about (refer to the title). Published in June 2016, it was on sale for USD 0.99 from Amazon or it can be downloaded for even less with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. I chose to read this book because of the author. Amy Cross writes good stuff IF this is a category you like. Gore and violence abound. Since she has written more than 100 paranormal, horror, and fantasy novels, there must be a bunch of readers that share my interest.
Oscar’s Night by Matt Shaw is a self-described extreme novella on the Amazon book page. People familiar with Matt Shaw’s writings will not be surprised by this; readers expect it. Looking at the cover, the very top line above the author’s name are the words “Horror’s Darkest Imagination.” The bottom line has the words “A Psychological Horror,” (there seems to be a word missing but that is quibbling). Somewhere close to the middle of the cover are the words “Some Scenes May Disturb.” I look at this as three warnings, especially the one with the word “disturb.” If some of the stuff in this 57-page extreme novella does not disturb, the reader may want to return his dictionary to a shop for a definition adjustment. There is outrageous material here. I have abandoned reads that have gone as far as this as completely useless in terms of entertainment or message.
Short Scary Stories by Bruce Savage is a 98-page collection of short stories available for USD 0.99 from Amazon. I feel comfortable investing such a small amount for what could be an entertaining collection of short stories. I am looking for short reads to encourage others to develop an interest in reading. Now, on to see if my investment was justified.
A spoiler alert of the review, not of the short story: If you are a student in one of my classes, proceed to my last paragraph which is followed by a final sentence. See if you come up with the same conclusion I did as far as numbers.