I listened to the audio book version of Dark Visions, an anthology of horror stories from 27 authors, one of which is me. I have two short stories in the collection which I have not commented on in this review.
I must say right up front that I thought Kasi Hollowell did an outstanding job with narrating this book of stories. She has a lovely voice and her pace, pitch and tone were excellent.
I enjoyed all the stories in this book and found them to be vastly different in there themes, subjects and styles. This allowed for an enjoyable and varied reading experience.
A few of the stories were set in New Orleans and it interested me that voodooism plays such a large role in horror and dark literature in the USA. Dan Alatorre‘s story The Corner Shop was an excellent kick off for the book and gave me the creeps with a human skull playing an important part in the tale. Where did it come from and what did it mean? The naivety and lack of respect demonstrated by the characters was well expressed.
The Bloody Dogwood Tree by Dabney Farmer is an insightful look into the mind of a deeply disturbed and guilt-ridden man. His obsession with a dogwood tree and gradual descent into madness are well written and fascinating to read. The ending had an unexpected and clever twist.
Cabin 5 by Heather Kindt was a disturbing read for me. This story involves a young girl who has been sent as a counselor to a summer camp for children. Her parents are attempting to separate her from an unsuitable boyfriend and try and prevent her from getting into trouble. Little do they know how strictly enforced good behaviour by the counselors is enforced at this particular camp.
Other notable stories for me were The Stranger by Allison Maruska, The Storm by JA Allen, Behind the Leather Apron by Alana Turner, What If by Geoff Le Pard and Swimming by Frank Parker. These were stories that stayed with me for a while after I read them but all the stories in this book are well worth reading.
What Amazon says
From the creators of the #1 bestseller The Box Under The Bedhorror anthology comes Dark Visions, 34 horror stories from 27 authors.
Tag along on a con man’s New Orleans vacation where he gets more than he bargained for from a mysterious voodoo shop. A collection of family photos reveals an eerie secret about a beloved grandmother’s true nature. A child’s horrifying memories haunt her into adulthood. A new camp counselor learns that the camp has secrets she might not live to reveal.
Edited and compiled by Amazon bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of horror brings together the minds and pens of more than two dozen amazing authors.
Dark Visions will take you into the realm of the eerie and macabre, with thrills and chills from:
bestselling author Dan Alatorre (The Navigators),
bestselling author Jenifer Ruff (Everett),
bestselling author Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant),
bestselling author J. A. Allen,
award-winning author MD Walker,
award-winning author Juliet Nubel,
award-winning author Dabney Farmer,
award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart,
award-winning author Heather Kindt,
award-winning author Bonnie Lyons,
award-winning author Sharon Connell,
award-winning author Geoff LePard,
award-winning author Anne Marie Andrus,
award-winning author Christine Valentor,
award-winning author BA Helberg,
Ernesto San Giacomo,
award-winning author Alana Turner,
award-winning author Robbie Cheadle,
award-winning author Frank Parker,
award-winning author Bonnie Lyons,
award-winning author Lori Micken,
Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before spending the night alone, planting a tree in your garden, or even visiting your mother.