Alphabet Soup for the Tormented Soul by Tobias Wade and Multiple Authors is a collection of twenty-six short horror stories. Twenty-six letters of the alphabet, each story has a title beginning with one of the letters. Alert (not asleep) readers will note that several of the stories have the number twenty-six somehow worked into the tales. This is a bunch of stories; I have a comment for each one. I purposely did not look in advance at the table of contents to find out what titles letters such as X and Q would introduce. Z is too easy but I purposely did not look. The suspense adds to the fun. I received this book through an email subscription to Haunted House Publishing a site run by Tobias Wade. Therefore, it was a free download. There are periodic offers of free downloads from Haunted House Publishing. Check it out if this is one of your favorite genres.
A is for Addiction David Maloney There are all kinds of addictions. Danny and his friends shared. Many times, Danny partied with three friends only to wake up with two. What is going on? He will figure it out. Later, as an English teacher, he will have something to talk about.
B is for Barnacle Michael Squid If you are a fan of biology, here is your opportunity to increase your vocabulary. You may not be able to use all your new words at parties, they describe gruesome events, but you will sound educated.
C is for Clairvoyance Ryan Cook This Clairvoyant could see into the past and the future. But Mom told him not to. In this case, do you agree with the unnamed protagonist? Whether you do or not, Moirai is watching.
D is for Daniel Dover Hawk This is for all those who insist on being “lefties,” left-handed.
E is for Echo Tobias Wade As you read this, think of “famous last words.”
F is for Formaldehyde Kyle Alexander Some neighbors just do not want to listen. This tenant has a message for the bothersome dwellers of his apartment complex.
H is for Hegemonic Rafael Marmol Drew Dayton loved his sister Barb. Drew also loved the church. If he had to choose, which one would he choose? And no matter the choice, could he live with it?
I is for Ideation Jack T. Anderson This is a real mind over matter story.
J is for Jackass Saint Entropy Cops do not like to be called “Pigs.” Believe it.
K is for Kinky Serial Killers Bak Hayong Dad wanted to be sure to spell the names of his kids right. Several of his friends probably did not agree.
L is for Lunacy Chris Thompson Chris is a scientist. He likes to do research and he has been lonely of late. His friends want to help him. All he must do is open the door.
M is for Mirror Jacob Mandeville Mirrors have a function, they reflect reality, that is their only job. What happens when one mirror, or an inhabitant of the mirror, decides to do more?
N is for Necrosis J. Y. There are some stories which require you to hold your nose while reading.
O is for Olivia Marni Sue Olivia lost a lot in the auto accident, physically, at least. But what she gained made up for it.
P is for Prey Kaitlynn Cooney This is an instruction manual for choosing the correct prey, following through with the kill, and disposing of the evidence. Kate gives very specific instructions. Guess how many there are!
Q is for Quota Kelly Childress Just when you thought the curse was over! This is another reason to ban Dash Cams and USB drives. It is too difficult to escape the past.
R is for Romance Mikey Knutson Chris was worried about the effects of his latest sexual encounter. But he had learned something new. It didn’t really take that long.
S is for Sable Noah Rex Sable lane holds memories. Sable lane also has a huge tree that has truly become a part of the community.
T is for Time Travel John Buffalo One thing about time travel, you must be punctual. Maybe it would be good to have more than one watch.
U is for Undelivered Harrison Prince This story gives an entirely new meaning to “globalization.”
V is for Venom The Custer Wolf Veronica might be lying in this story. Or she might really be helping Damien. This is one of those “reader decides” stories.
W is for West Bale Path P. F. McGrail This is a story that puts lots of things together. This is the reason you are reading this far into the collection.
X is for Xenophobia Claudia Winters Where, or which one, is the true Olivia?
Y is for Your Match Kyle Burton There are Matches. And Tinder. And Candles. And Portals. This almost could be a date from Hell.
& is for Ampersand Christopher Maxim A personal warning to the reader on what to look for and what measures to take to avoid cataclysmic annihilation.
Z is for Zodiac Alex Baran Imagine the disappointment of Olivia! This is a nice ending that wraps up for the book for everyone except Jeremy.
This collection is, for the most part, fun. There are a few stories, I will not name them, that would be even better with minor proofreading. Not editing, proofreading. Why minor? Because the editing required would catch minor typos, incorrect word usage (bare, bear) and missing words that result in some incomprehensible phrases instead of meaningful sentences. I still gave this four Amazon stars for the cool idea of getting so many authors together to make such a collection and for the overwhelmingly good writing. I also liked the interesting line drawings that pop up unexpectedly between stories.
As complete as this novel is, there is still room for a future with Hannah. That will be up to some or all these talented writers.