I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.WORLDS BETWEEN MY TEETH by Tim Meyer
on June 10, 2016
Genres: Crime, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Thriller, Weird Tales
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A dream you can't wake up from. A cruel game you never wished you played. An enormous shadow living beneath your lake. An invasion of your world.
Worlds Between My Teeth collects TWELVE short stories designed to keep you up past midnight. Strap in. Tim Meyer, author of IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS and SUNFALL: SEASON ONE, grants you access to the portals in his mind. Welcome to his WORLDS...
1. The Dream Eaters
2. The Lemures
3. The Cherry Collectors
4. Worlds Between My Teeth
5. Gingerbread Death Machine
6. Under New Skies
7. The Ice King
8. Box Game
9. Armala's Hunt
10. The Old Church
11. The Pumpkin Tree Giveth, The Pumpkin Tree Taketh Away
12. The Man Who Never Frowned
BONUS NOVELLA: "The Organ Harvest: An October John Novella"
WORLDS BETWEEN MY TEETH is a collection of twelve stories, by author, Tim Meyer. This collection contained a bonus novella at the end, “October John”, which I felt really showcased the author’s writing versatility. The stories ranged from what I consider to be “regular” short story length, to a few that were more “flash fiction” in terms of size.
One of the things that I really loved in this book, was that there was no common theme. When I began each tale, I went into it blindly–never knowing or anticipating what was in store for me. Of the twelve stories, I rated seven of them five-stars, two of them four-stars, and the remaining three between three and three 1/2-stars.
This was the first I have read from Tim Meyer, and I was very impressed by his originality, versatility, and overall writing style. Some of my personal favorite stories in this collection were:
–“World’s Between My Teeth”: This story was the perfect choice for the title of the entire collection. Beginning with a security guard in a mall, I could not have predicted the scope and direction of this tale at all. It was one of those that gives the reader just enough information to get your mind speculating, but not too much that it takes away from the possibilities you conjure up on your own. “. . . Fear unites us all . . .”
–“The Pumpkin Tree Giveth, and the Pumpkin Tree Taketh Away”: A nice twist involving the Halloween season, and the magic that children can believe in so completely . . . For some reason, despite its brevity, this tale is one that keeps coming back to haunt me. I found it quite chilling with its mental implications.
–“Box Game”: Remember those childhood games of your youth? This grown-up version certainly put a sinister smile on my face!
–“The Ice King”: An emotional story of a man with Dementia, and his wife who is–in his mind–forced to care for him.
–“The Cherry Collectors”: A story of some callous teenage boys who think nothing of anyone else. I found this one perfect in its execution, and with an ending that couldn’t have landed on a better note.
–“The Lemurs”: There was a lot going on in this tale, but the main theme begs the question, “What’s in the box?”.
–“The Man Who Never Frowned”: Contrary to the title, this story never deviated from its depressing, foreboding atmosphere. Henry is a used car salesman with nothing “good” in his life. A chance encounter with an enthusiastic customer takes him for the ride of his life . . .
Overall, a collection that I highly recommend to horror lovers of all kinds. The variety here is sure to appeal to everyone in some way. I am pleased to have read such a great new-to-me talent, and genuinely look forward to his next book.
From Tim Meyer’s own words: “. . . Sometimes a smile is a mask . . . “