100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye by Kevin G. Bufton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“100 Horrors” is a true centuple, collecting stories by 100 authors, of 100 words each, filing horror to a sharp, sharp point. No wasted details, no unnecessary verbiage here: just a century of words in which to titillate, frighten, or even terrify a reader. Subtitled “Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye,” this anthology can be read nearly that fast, or it can be slowed and savoured, letting the horror sink in and percolate in the reader’s bloodstream.
The introduction is like a carnival barker drawing us in…reminding us of what it’s like to experience real thrills and chills. It also beckons to those of us with decades of enrapture with convoluted and lengthy horror novels. Its premise turns out to be so very, very true: a story truly doesn’t have to run 1,000 pages of gore and graphic violence to terrify. All it takes is a simple, short, 100 words. 100 words to make the skin crawl, the eyes snap shut, the mouth scream, and the mind shake. 100 little words, 100 times over. Read this anthology with ALL the lights in the house on. I wish I had.
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