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The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. Containing 30 all-original stories, read Volume 5 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes. Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY! Included within Volume 5: • In “Jerrod Steihl Goes Home,” a bullied schoolboy brings to class a book of incantations. • In “The Happiness Toy,” a shy young woman is visited by a door-to-door salesman who's selling pleasure of a physical kind. • In “Footprints Fading in the Desert,” a woman stranded in the desert finds a barefoot savior who promises help. • . . . and more!


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The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in. Containing 30 all-original stories, read Volume 5 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes. Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY! Included within Volume 5: • In “Jerrod Steihl Goes Home,” a bullied schoolboy brings to class a book of incantations. • In “The Happiness Toy,” a shy young woman is visited by a door-to-door salesman who's selling pleasure of a physical kind. • In “Footprints Fading in the Desert,” a woman stranded in the desert finds a barefoot savior who promises help. • . . . and more!

49 review for Horror Library, Volume 5

  1. 5 out of 5

    Donna Diamond

    Horror Library Volume 5 I absolutely love short horror stories, and this definitely fit that bill. I can't wait for another volume. I'm running out of reading material Horror Library Volume 5 I absolutely love short horror stories, and this definitely fit that bill. I can't wait for another volume. I'm running out of reading material

  2. 5 out of 5

    Delia Remington

    This collection is one to savor. Every story conjures up a unique and vivid world with fascinating characters that are riveting and often startling. No wonder it's a Bram Stoker nominee. This collection is one to savor. Every story conjures up a unique and vivid world with fascinating characters that are riveting and often startling. No wonder it's a Bram Stoker nominee.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Flores

    I’m continuing my review of all HORROR LIBRARY anthologies, so onto the next one! I really enjoy loving these books, and I’m a big fan of anthologies in general, but especially indie horror. Stories in these books take chances. Some fail, some succeed, but it’s exciting to read new ideas and voices. Publisher Dark Moon Books has taken over the HORROR LIBRARY series and re-released the older volumes that were put together by former publishers and editors (Cutting Block Books and Mr. Cavender). Al I’m continuing my review of all HORROR LIBRARY anthologies, so onto the next one! I really enjoy loving these books, and I’m a big fan of anthologies in general, but especially indie horror. Stories in these books take chances. Some fail, some succeed, but it’s exciting to read new ideas and voices. Publisher Dark Moon Books has taken over the HORROR LIBRARY series and re-released the older volumes that were put together by former publishers and editors (Cutting Block Books and Mr. Cavender). All of these were original stories of their time, written exclusively for this volume. My review comes from an ARC of the new re-released 2021 edition from Dark Moon Books. Quick star rating on each story included in Volume #5 (30 total), just as my personal preference: “Blown” by Pat MacEwen = 4 stars. Powerful story, well written. Traumatic and tragic. “Jerrod Steihl Goes Home” by Ian Withrow = 5 stars. Absolutely loved. Bullied boy gets horrific revenge. “The Immolation Scene” by John F.D. Taff = 3-1/2 stars. Good story, didn’t latch on 100%. “A Body at Rest” by Lorne Dixon = 4 stars. This was just so grim, depressing. Great story, but dark. “By the Time I Get to Five” by J.S. Reinhardt = 4 stars. Another one, traumatic. Dark, chilling. “Notes for an Article on Bainbridge Farm” by Bentley Little = 5+ stars. Original found footage take on investigating a haunted farm. “Noise” by Sanford Allen = 3-1/2 stars. Good idea. Execution was okay. Nice ending. “Open Mind Night at the Ritz” by Shane McKenzie = 5 stars. I didn’t think I was going to like this one at first, but it got SO good! Trippy, and a great ending. “Almost Home” by Kevin Lucia = 3-1/2 starts. So many stories in this volume deal with the effects of traumatized children, or children in peril, from which happy endings to not occur. This was one of them. “Pillars of Light” by Michael A. Arnzen = 5 stars. Hated this story at first, loved it by the end. Kind of a torture-porn vibe, but I “got it” by closing. “Footprints Fading in the Desert” by Eric J. Guignard = 5 stars. Great story and ending. Twilight Zone vibe. “The Vulture’s Art” by Benjamin Kane Ethridge = 3-1/2 stars. A bit slow, but unique idea. Fatherhood and a strange time-stealing monster. “Activate” by Boyd E. Harris = 4 stars. Bleak. This story had a lot of layers to it, could definitely be expanded to a series or to film. “Snow Globe” by Adam Howe = 5 stars. Bada things happen to this character, and they only “snowball.” “Intruders” by Taylor Grant = 4 stars. I “should” have seen the ending coming, but it still got me. Good dialogue between 2 characters. “The Boathouse” by Stephen McQuiggan = 5 stars. More bad things happen to children! Great story though, a weird phantasm/ fairy realm-vibe. “Bath Time!” by Jeff Strand = 5 stars. So many bad things happen to kids! This one’s the worst (of bad things), but the funniest story in the book. Great all around. Though all gasp-worthy! “The Happiness Toy” by Ray Garton = 5 stars. This story “goes” there! A magic “sex toy,” but be careful who uses it! “The Oldest Profession” by Tracie McBride = 2-1/2 stars. Weird one… YA paranormal, felt like an extract taken from a longer work. “The House That Sang” by Andrew Stockton = 3 stars. Not quite my cup of tea, but well written. “Bad Seed” by Anne Michaud = 4-1/2 stars. Traumatic tenfold. Well written, but ghostly gang-rape. “Gourd” by P. Gardner Goldsmith = 5 stars. Great story, well rounded characters, and a plot full of twists. “Silent Stones” by Steve Vernon = 5 stars. Short, quiet, and lovely. “The Emu in the Sky” by Mark Farrugia = 4 stars. Bullied school boy finds the reason he was bullied to be worse than imagined. “Ambrosia” by Dev Jarrett = 3-1/2 stars. Pretty good. There are worse things than muggers. “Follower” by Danny Rhodes = 5 stars. Rich in mountain climbing detail… I so wanted this character to “win out”… but this “is” horror, so… “Catacombs” by Kristin Dearborn = 4 stars. Cthulhu tale set in war-torn Egypt. “Whispers In the Wax” by Tonia Brown = 5 stars. Great dialogue, very “Victorina era” style, Gothic, haunting. Demons in the records. “The Mirror Box” by Charles Colyott = 4 stars. This story is all over the place, and more bad things happening to youth, told through a series of interrelated diary entries. “The Local Haunt” by Janine-Langley Wood = 4 stars. Nice little ghostly tale of the Grim Reaper. In closing, these volumes just keep getting better and better! Great ideas and great writing from a cornucopia of authors!

  4. 4 out of 5

    A gin and orange, a lemon squash, and a scotch and water, please!

    I may be a little bit biased (one of my stories, "The House That Sang", is in here) but I really rate this collection. It's difficult for an anthology to get rave reviews, there are usually one or two stories that don't quite hit the mark in respect of reader's tastes - and as everyone's tastes are different, those stories are going to differ accordingly. But this collection has such a high standard of technique and imagination I find it difficult not to give it five stars. On top of that, it jus I may be a little bit biased (one of my stories, "The House That Sang", is in here) but I really rate this collection. It's difficult for an anthology to get rave reviews, there are usually one or two stories that don't quite hit the mark in respect of reader's tastes - and as everyone's tastes are different, those stories are going to differ accordingly. But this collection has such a high standard of technique and imagination I find it difficult not to give it five stars. On top of that, it just feels so nice to hold....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cissa

    This is an anthology of a wide range of traditional horror stories. Some are funny, some are creepy, some are just gross. Whether or not they were to my taste, though, they were all quite well-written, and only a couple so vague that at the end I had little idea what had been going on. Since I often have that response when horror is more atmospheric than narrative, I consider this a good thing. I think more hard-core horror fans than I am might enjoy this more than I did. Still, it's a very good c This is an anthology of a wide range of traditional horror stories. Some are funny, some are creepy, some are just gross. Whether or not they were to my taste, though, they were all quite well-written, and only a couple so vague that at the end I had little idea what had been going on. Since I often have that response when horror is more atmospheric than narrative, I consider this a good thing. I think more hard-core horror fans than I am might enjoy this more than I did. Still, it's a very good collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    An awesome collection of horror short stories... although, as one of the editors of the book, I admit to the possibility of bias. :-)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Table of Contents: 8 - "Blown" by Pat Macewen 17 - "Jerrod Steihl Goes Home" by Ian Withrow 32 - "The Immolation Scene" by John F.D. Taff 47 - "A Body at Rest" by Lorne Dixon 56 - "By The Time I Get to Five" by J.S. Reinhardt 70 - "Notes for an Article on Bainbridge Farm" by Bentley Little 75 - "Noise" by Sanford Allen 88 - "Open Mind Night at the Ritz" by Shane McKenzie 93 - "Almost Home" by Kevin Lucia 105 - "Pillars of Light" by Michael A. Arnzen 114 - "Footprints Fading in the Desert" by Eric J. Guigna Table of Contents: 8 - "Blown" by Pat Macewen 17 - "Jerrod Steihl Goes Home" by Ian Withrow 32 - "The Immolation Scene" by John F.D. Taff 47 - "A Body at Rest" by Lorne Dixon 56 - "By The Time I Get to Five" by J.S. Reinhardt 70 - "Notes for an Article on Bainbridge Farm" by Bentley Little 75 - "Noise" by Sanford Allen 88 - "Open Mind Night at the Ritz" by Shane McKenzie 93 - "Almost Home" by Kevin Lucia 105 - "Pillars of Light" by Michael A. Arnzen 114 - "Footprints Fading in the Desert" by Eric J. Guignard 124 - "The Vulture's Art" by Benjamin Kane Ethridge 136 - "Activate" by Boyd E. Harris 153 - "Snow Globe" by Adam Howe 161 - "Intruders" by Taylor Grant 172 - "The Boathouse" by Stephen McQuiggan 178 - "Bath Time!" by Jeff Strand 188 - "The Happiness Toy" by Ray Garton 205 - "The Oldest Profession" by Tracie McBride 210 - "The House That Sang" by Andrew Stockton 219 - "Bad Seed" by Anne Michaud 235 - "Gourd" by P. Gardner Goldsmith 255 - "Silent Stones" by Steve Vernon 260 - "The Emu in the Sky" by Mark Farrugia 273 - "Ambrosia" by Dev Jarrett 278 - "Follower" by Danny Rhodes 290 - "Catacombs" by Kristin Dearborn 303 - "Whispers in the Wax" by Tonia Brown 320 - "The Mirror Box" by Charles Colyott 343 - "The Local Haunt" by Janine-Langley Wood

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Well-written. Some of the stories weren't really what I would classify as "scary", but they were all disturbing in their own way. Out of all 30 stories, my favorites were "Almost Home", "Footprints Fading In The Desert", "The Vulture's Art", "Activate", "Snow Globe", "Intruders", "Bath Time!", "Gourd", "Ambrosia", "Follower", and "The Mirror Box." Well-written. Some of the stories weren't really what I would classify as "scary", but they were all disturbing in their own way. Out of all 30 stories, my favorites were "Almost Home", "Footprints Fading In The Desert", "The Vulture's Art", "Activate", "Snow Globe", "Intruders", "Bath Time!", "Gourd", "Ambrosia", "Follower", and "The Mirror Box."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

    5th volume in the +Horror Library+ series! More about these books here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_L... 5th volume in the +Horror Library+ series! More about these books here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_L...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elwyn Bosch

  11. 5 out of 5

    darlene farmer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Wanglund

  13. 4 out of 5

    J. A. Bradley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judi

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephen McQuiggan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oneirosdreaming

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Stadulis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm Macleod

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Stewart

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Read

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raomer

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Woodall

  25. 5 out of 5

    Soledad

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue Hawco

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracie McBride

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suzette Murray

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Baker

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  31. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

  32. 5 out of 5

    Blu

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  34. 5 out of 5

    John Boden

  35. 4 out of 5

    Soledad

  36. 4 out of 5

    Dell R. Lipscomb

  37. 4 out of 5

    Evans Light

  38. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  39. 5 out of 5

    Nora Peevy

  40. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Lajambe

  41. 4 out of 5

    April

  42. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  43. 4 out of 5

    Dan's

  44. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  45. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Phelps

  46. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  47. 4 out of 5

    Preston Fordstrom

  48. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

  49. 4 out of 5

    Christina Browne

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