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  • Katy
    2019-04-03 19:40

    Please Note: I have heard the latest edition of this book does not have all these stories. My review, done in March of 2012, is of the original, multi-author edition. It is my understanding that the latest edition includes only Coral Russell's stories. So please be aware of that when reading this review.My Thoughts: Susan Evelyn - Best Served – a tale of revenge – justice or vengeance?Robynn Gabel - Widows of the Night – will give you a whole new impression of spiders!Nomar Knight – Bitten – a sort of zombish taleCAV Laster - Playing with Fire – science fiction becomes science fact and the world changes irrevocably, thanks to scientists going too far.Coral Russell - Devil of a Ghost Tour – see my review on the book’s page on Goodreads here.Coral Russell - Key to a Haunting – see my review on the book’s page on Goodreads here.Coral Russell - Amador Lockdown (excerpt) – ghosthunters get more than they bargained for; an awesome tale! And I don’t just say that because I edited the final edition, either!Brian Fatah Steele – Flawed – a house that brings the inhabitants a personalized madness – wonderful!!Brian Fatah Steele - The Stuff Dreams Aren’t Made Of Dark, wonderful; dreams aren't what they are supposed to be ...Chryse Wymer - This Dark Magic – a reporter gets mixed up with dark magic from a most unusual source – a wonderfully quirky twist to the end!Chryse Wymer - Living with Murder (excerpt) – an interesting start to a story, set in the future, where technology allows you access to the memories of those lost, and a father seeks answers in the loss of his son.Some really great stories here – fans of horror and dark suspense, ghost stories and the macabre should all find something to love.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.Synopsis from Goodreads: Scare easily? Are you often frightened out of your sleep? Does the mere mention of ghosts prickle your skin? These seven authors' imaginations are fired up by the scariness of the unknown.  Find a comfy spot, sit back and enjoy nine tales to tickle your taste for terror:

  • Denna
    2019-03-31 18:04

    As with most anthologies, I found stories I loved in “Playing With Fire” and some I didn’t care so much for. But even the ones that didn’t grab and hold me spellbound were still good stories. Though I found most of these to be well written artistically, there were a few problems with editing—commas missing, awkward wording, details that could have used the hand of a good copy editor. Most places only caused a momentary blip in my reading, but would have been so much better without. Still, even with the blips, well worth the .99 cent price for my Kindle copy.Lots of ghost stories in this anthology. If you are into ghosts and hauntings, then this is the book for you. Ghosts looking for revenge and ghosts that maybe are more than they first appear, like demons called up from hell and never sent back again. Not a place I wanted to be, other than under my covers with a flashlight on the screen. Add into this a couple of flesh-eating zombies, a DNA experiment mixing human and the stuff of nightmares, and you are Playing With Fire. No matter what type of horror you’re attracted to there will be several here that will no doubt leave you spellbound.I enjoyed this book, reading straight through in one sitting. The stories were great, nary a dull moment in any of them. Some I loved straight away, others took a little more time to get into - and a couple were just what the doctor ordered for making me shiver as I listened for bumps in the night. We all look for a little something different when it comes to horror. I want a story that will make me squirm while I read, usually with a blanket covering my toes so the boogeyman can’t reach out and grab me. My expectations were high going in and except for the odd editing issues I ran across here and there, I wasn’t let down. All in all, this is not a bad anthology. Two or three of the stories are first-rate by any horror standard. The rest will depend on what the reader is looking for in horror. Definitely had me biting my nails in a couple of places. I’m going to be on my best behavior around witches who perform black magic from now on, that’s for sure.

  • kimyunalesca
    2019-03-23 16:59

    I love horror stories though I'm a number one scaredy cat it took all my guts just to finished reading Playing with Fire.These stories has a shake,rattle and roll concept for me.Shake meaning the first couple of stories is spine chilling and would make your senses numb with horror.Rattle, is nerve racking! that will make you scream,breathless,gasp and say RUN!GET OUT!DON'T GO THERE! as you read through the pages.Oh and Roll,is the panic mode you don't know which way to go,you're obviously helpless most probably hiding somewhere in a fetal position,with a flashlight or under the comfort of your own blanket.All the stories are really great,some might bore you in the beginning or will get you running from the start surely and definitely this will get your adrenalin pumping til the very end it's best to be read under the moonlight or for a bedtime story or during a camp fire.I'm glad I took the risk and read the whole thing...Stay Safe ;)

  • Lainy
    2019-04-11 16:56

    Blurb From Goodreads Scare easily? Are you often frightened out of your sleep? Does the mere mention of ghosts prickle your skin?These seven authors imaginations are fired up by the scariness of the unknown.Find a comfy spot, sit back and enjoy nine tales to tickle your taste for terror.Susan Evelyn - Best ServedRevenge is sweet they say. But is Anna going to be able to hold the right ones accountable?3197 WordsRobynn Gabel - Widows of the NightStep inside a child's world that is filled with monsters. In her struggle to search for and figure out what love is she will discover what a monster really is.3375 WORDSNomar Knight - BittenRob Compton is unemployed and on the verge of getting a divorce when his pet German Shepherd, Shotgun, comes home intent on having him for lunch. Once bitten, Rob decides to show his wife what 'death do us part' really means.2937 WordsCAV Laster - Playing with FireDuring what seems to be the end of the world for others, Kalen discovers his has only begun. Appalling secrets unravel his world and force him to fight for his survival. Will Kalen be able to handle the truth?5285 wordsCoral Russell - Devil of a Ghost TourLynn and Lee Hoyt decide a local ghost tour would be a fun date night. In an abandoned hotel on the tour, a demon and his minions have been waiting for just the right couple to come along. Can the ghost hunters, Hector and Marcos, save them before it's too late?9751 wordsCoral Russell - Key to a HauntingAllen has lost everything, when his father gives him a downtown building to renovate. Trouble is, it's haunted. He calls in the Paranormal Posse to help, but can Hector and Marcos learn the truth in time to finally put the dead to rest?9824 WordsCoral Russell - Amador Lockdown (excerpt)Something has moved into the Amador Hotel and is wrecking havoc with anyone who tries to stay. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the stories or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. Hector's life is an uproar and while he tries to keep his professional and personal life separate, whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.Brian Fatah Steele - FlawedWhen three generations of Gastlins gathered one weekend at a newly purchased home in 1998, they had no idea it would be their last reunion. Every family has its secrets, its little faults, but the skeletons came bursting out of the closets and grew infectious. Blood may be thicker than water, but it can still spill just as easily.4328 WORDSBrian Fatah Steele - The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made OfWhen your only hope is to suffer less than the day before, when misery is a normal state of being, and when atrocities greet all your senses every day, you only have to find new ways to dream.1327 WORDSChryse Wymer - This Dark MagicCharlie Landers is a reporter for the Capital City Gazette when his hometown turns deadly. It begins with a blackout, and escalates to a crime rate so high that it's a miracle that anybody has lived to tell about it. Finally, he must do something when not only his life but the life of a loved one is threatened. In this quirky dark fantasy, Charlie Landers must navigate a dangerous world of black magic in order to save his little corner of the universe.9780 WordsChryse Wymer - Living with Murder (excerpt)Kirk and Mary Miller live a simple life in the year 2035...until their college-aged son turns up dead. Their son's murderer is convicted and jailed, but a year later, The Agency for Privately Imprisoned Criminals becomes involved. The Agency had been formed when prison overcrowding grew out of control.(less)My Review These are a great collection on horror stories, I don't usually like reading a collection purely because you always get a mixed bag and more so with a mix of authors. I loved the second story and would have given it 5 stars alone Robynn Gabel - Widows of the Night.The first story I liked but there is so much left unanswered that I think it would make for a great novel, explaining why she thought there might have been vampires or werewolves and how did she become like she is. I would love to read more on this one.There are a few stories where Hector and Marcos feature and whilst I liked them I think they probably deserve a book on their own so we can get a full picture on them rather than snippets.The others I enjoyed however there was one or two which was excerpts from books and that I don't like. I hate reading one or two chapters from a book and being left hanging (which is why I never read sneaks of the next book when you finish a novel) however some people do enjoy this which might up the rating to a 5 for some. I initially gave this a 3 of 5 overall but I think taking into account the stories I really liked it is more fair to give a 4 star rating.This book is available on Amazon for only £0.77, a bargain for a great wee collection

  • Doug Lamoreux
    2019-04-17 14:48

    Playing with Fire, Anthology of Horror, Vol. 1, features nine short stories (three threatening to be novellas) by seven authors.Best Served by Susan Evelyn, is a small scale revenge story that convinces itself it's a tale of justice. What it isn't is a horror story. It's nicely written, but is a fantasy hiding in the wrong anthology.Things pick up with Widows of the Night, a child's revenge tale by Robynn Gabel, which is absolutely for horror fans. I liked it. Bitten by Nomar Knight is a very uneven tale that starts with a Cujo-feel, zigs to make the reader think they're following a werewolf, takes a lazy and tired detour through the 'evil government killing the planet and the people' landscape (free tip for horror writers: I don't care about your politics. Neither do 40-60 percent of your audience regardless of what they are). It ends as a funny, bloody, gory (but twist-less) Tales From the Crypt episode. It's well written and creepy for what it is, but what is it?Then comes Playing with Fire by CAV Laster. Who doesn't love... ? Well, trust me, you'll love this.The middle of the book slows down a bit with two Coral Russell stories in a row. Devil of a Ghost Tour and Key to a Haunting. 'Devil' is an often engaging tale of sin and violence in 1885 El Paso that leads to present day haunts and work for modern ghost hunters. 'Haunting' features a return of the same El Paso ghost hunters, examining condos haunted by the results of a 1920's tragedy. (Based on an actual tragedy). While well-written, both are too similar (using the same technique of jumping back and forth in time) and too long (nearly 10,000 words apiece) to keep the reader turning pages at a horror story pace.Next comes two Brian Fatah Steele stories. Flawed, an intriguing story of a house that possesses its residents in a very personal way, and The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made Of, an absolute gem of which I'll tell you nothing. Just enjoy it.Finally, Chryse Wymer's This Dark Magic, a deliciously written, hard-boiled witchcraft story (that should have started at chapter two). Chapter one tells us our protagonist is a reporter covering... absolutely nothing - until chapter two. Still, good stuff!Also included are two novel excerpts; the beginnings of Coral Russell's Amador Lockdown and Chryse Wymer's Living with Murder. I not only admit, I state, that I did not read either. I don't read excerpts - of anything. If it's a page-turner, I'm annoyed and screwed. If I read 'part of' a book, it's because I hated it and chose not to finish it. But these are extras, so I'm not griping, I'm just saying. Anthologies are, by their nature, uneven. Every reader, after all, has different tastes. There are many flavors here and all are pretty-well written. There are likely several pleasing dishes for all. Playing with Fire deserves an audience.

  • Connie Suttle
    2019-04-06 19:10

    This book is an engaging, thought-provoking collection of horror stories, giving the reader a virtual smorgasbord of frightening characters and events. From a house that consumes its inhabitants to ghosts, zombies and black magic, this book has it all. As with every collection I've read, I have my personal favorites. Two short stories in this collection I wouldn't mind reading as full-length novels, their plots and characters were so strong. Chryse Wymer's This Dark Magic and Cav Laster's Playing With Fire were fascinating tales and I would certainly read both in a lengthier version. Widows of the Night, by Robynn Gabel, was enthralling and her young protagonist was pulling at my heartstrings from the beginning. This is a story told from an abused child's point of view, and it is a harrowing tale of salvation. Best Served by Susan Evelyn spins a tale of revenge sought for the death of a friend and Bitten, by Nomar Knight may be any spurned husband's dream. Key to a Haunting and Devil of a Ghost Tour by Coral Russell are both well-written and engaging tales of hauntings, demons and skeleton-bound closets. Her ghost hunters, Hector and Marcos, are appealing personalities, even though they are secondary characters in these short stories. They also inhabit the excerpt from Amador Lockdown, which left me wanting more. Flawed and The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made Of by Brian Fatah Steele were stories of the variety that deliver twisted realities and tingling spines. Flawed explores the faults and failings in ordinary people, exacerbating them until the individuals are consumed. The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made Of delves into the things any one of us might do in exchange for brief glimpses of better times. I enjoyed reading this collection, and look forward to future efforts by these authors.

  • Brenda Wallace
    2019-03-26 17:44

    This anthology reminded me how much I enjoy reading scary short stories and I was grateful to be introduced to all these talented authors. Every reader will have their favorites, but the first story that grabbed me was Widows of the Night by Robyn Gabel. I rooted for the abused little girl and was happy when she found the perfect key to escaping her abuse. I was pulled into and enjoyed the story Devil of a Ghost Tour penned by Coral Russell, but this author’s tale Key to a Haunting totally captivated me. I was particularly intrigued by an antique bracelet that appeared as a meaningful thread beautifully woven throughout the story. The author had clearly done her research and the haunting was based on an actual fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory which occurred back when teen girls were locked inside buildings by business owners to sew their lives away. The accurate description and details came through and gave the haunting a nice realistic feel. The anthology ended strong with a story and novel excerpt by author Chryse Wymer. Wymer has an unforgettable vivid voice that makes for fun reading and there were some wonderful creepy moments in This Dark Magic that I’ll never be able to shake. Her excerpt of Living with Murder was full of strong characters and unpredictable twists that made me wish the anthology wouldn’t end. I will happily grab Living with Murder and any novel written by Chryse Wymer. This anthology is a fun read and I highly recommend it.

  • Jessica Buike
    2019-04-01 14:56

    This anthology of scary stories is like picking several horror movies at random from the video store - some of the stories are true masterpieces of scary, while others leave much to be desired. The few so-so stories included in this anthology are easily eclipsed by the better stories, making it a worthwhile read overall. The better stories are sure to make your skin crawl and force you to look over your shoulder in paranoia!

  • Deb Novack
    2019-03-28 22:05

    I found this book to be one best I have read in a while, I could not put it down until I had finished it. Coral Russell's stories I thought were the best they just seemed to flow into one and another. I definitely would read more books written by her.

  • Laurie
    2019-03-24 15:04

    Nine horror stories are presented in this anthology, two of them excerpts from novels to come. They range from human horror to ghost hunters, from fantasy to science gone wrong, from a house that’s haunted in a very different way to witchcraft, and one that I never figured out if it was a werewolf or a zombie story. The scary factor will vary according to what the reader’s particular psychological makeup is like; for me, none were creepy crawly but all were well written. The ghost hunter stories I feel would make a good TV series, while “This Dark Magic” has enough twists and false leads to keep things very interesting. The formatting has some rather unique problems, which are annoying but not enough to make me stop reading. A quick and fun read for horror fans.

  • Katy
    2019-03-21 19:58

    For me, the stories in this horror anthology that I really enjoyed were: Coral Russell's Devil of a Ghost Tour which had some genuinely creepy moments. Brian Fatah Steele's Flawed and The Stuff Dreams Aren't Made of, both were quirky and unusual. Chryse Wymer's This Dark Magic, a fun story of black magic with a well developed character.Overall, all the stories are vastly different from each but the others didn't do it for me

  • Wayne
    2019-03-26 21:00

    There were some great shorts in this collection of horror/supernatural thrillers. There were also some excerpts of larger novels which I was not expecting when I grabbed this Kindle title from a daily deal. I enjoyed some of the shorts. I'm not sure if any of the excerpts have convinced me to pursue finishing the books. All in all, an entertaining read to fulfill my Halloween inspired need to read some horror.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-19 14:53

    Nice anthology of horror stories more in line with Lovecraft than King or Koontz style horror. Very readable if you like short stories and wasn't a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

  • Nomar Knight
    2019-04-05 17:04

  • Brian Steele
    2019-04-12 17:09