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.DOORBELLS AT DUSK: Halloween Stories Published by Corpus Press on September 3, 2018
Genres: Bizarro, Contemporary, Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Haunted House, Horror, Mystery, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Weird Tales
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Halloween horror, dark fiction and suspense short stories.
Carve your pumpkins and turn on the porch light,
Halloween frights begin with the sound of… Doorbells at Dusk.
Doorbells at Dusk is a treasury of brand-new Halloween tales from both modern masters and rising stars of dark fiction, horror and suspense.
Halloween has always gone hand-in-hand with horror. The holiday gives many children their first taste of terror, the discovery and overcoming of fears. For those who find they love a good scare, that first taste can grow into a voracious appetite.
That might be why you’re looking at this book right now. If so, you’ve come to the right place.
These are the thrills you crave, packed into a collection that’s pure Halloween.
Featuring stories by:
Curtis M. Lawson
About Corpus Press:
Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews, Hellnotes and others for its Bad Apples:Slices of Halloween Horror series, the anthology Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love, and for its short story collections and novellas.
DOORBELLS AT DUSK: Halloween Stories, is a Halloween-themed anthology featuring fourteen all new short stories, edited by Evans Light. As is usual in any collection, certain stories will appeal more to different people. However, the background of Halloween gives these tales an additional boost of interest, as most horror-readers can’t get enough of this season. The stories range from psychological, to visceral, and even pure observation.
Here are a few of the stories that really stood out to me, personally.
–“The Rey-Mother”, by Curtis M. Lawson: In this tale, it was the setting that caught my undivided attention–a cornfield maze. This one just doesn’t want to leave my mind, and keeps popping up when I least expect it (always a good sign with a book). “. . . he had no desire to be “better”. David did not wish to change.” You will NOT catch me in one of these mazes, ever again . . .
–“Adam’s Bed”, by Josh Malerman: Ronnie may not be the most “attentive” of fathers, but when his young son spends his birthday–on Halloween–with him, he sure makes up for it by sparing no expense to impress the neighbors. Or is there another reason Ronnie likes to have his house filled with people? I just loved the internal “voices” of the main character in this one.
–“Keeping Up Appearances”, by Jason Parent: I really enjoy Parent’s writing style–atmospheric, strong, and with an unapologetic dose of dark humor. There were some moments where I caught myself smiling at certain scenes . . . This makes me question my own outlook on occasion. A riveting tale from beginning to end. “. . . The pieces of the puzzle were coming together slowly, yet he had no idea what picture they were forming . . . “
–“Offerings”, by Joanna Koch: I can’t say much about this one without giving anything away. However, here is a word of caution–be very careful with what you say to strangers on the street. This one could be nightmare inducing!
–“The Friendly Man”, by Thomas Vaughn: This one gets the dubious distinction of being my favorite in the collection. A great story all around with visceral descriptions, a street full of trick-or-treaters, and a dark thread of comedy laced all throughout. (Seriously, the way I enjoy these morbidly sarcastic moments so much makes me wonder about my own sanity . . .) Nonetheless, the tone really made this story memorable. “Death is always standing right behind you.”
There were many other tales that stood out strongly in this anthology, all for various reasons and styles. Overall, a great seasonal collection that you’ll want to re-read in the years to come.