October 24, 2012

Tour Stop Review: FEAR A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror

Release Date: September 22, 2012
Purchase: Amazon 

Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors.

Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.

Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières.
First off, how can you not love such a selfless endeavor?! All these writers donated their time and imagination to such a worthy cause that alone is enough for me to rave over FEAR.

FEAR is a timely read for this season especially with Halloween just around the corner. There are a considerable amount of short stories in every volume that is sure to appeal to every reader and lover of the macabre and horror. I find it hard to believe that some of the contributors are "amateur" including our very own fellow blogger from Down Under, Carmen Jenner of Book Me!. The anthologies were well edited and each story was concise despite being short.

My favorite was, of course, What Goes Around by Carmen, one of the stories featured in the first volume. It's about a girl who was held captive by her obsessive boyfriend and when she finally got away, she discovered that the town is filled with flesh eating zombies. It's very horrifying and I truly feel bad for Emmy, the heroine, and was surprised on how merciless Carmen is to her character. At least justice was still served in the end but the story was just one of those fucked-up tales and I. Loved. It!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Dead Ding Donger by Wayne Via: This is a story about a grump old man who hates a group of teenage trick-or-treaters. He devices a plan to dissuade them and it backfired. Tragically. Karma is a biatch indeed!

Granma's House by Tara Fox Hall: A lady getting saved by her dead grandmother from a serial killer. Too bad Granma has to terrorize her first. I think I'll take insanity over a serial killer's victim any day. Lesser of two evils.

House for Rent by Phil Richardson: A haunted house whose ghosts eats the soul of the residents. And just when the heroine thought she finally escaped, it seems it can't be avoided. I'd curse my luck too if I were Maxine.

Salad Days by Christopher Bleakley: A girl whose woes started over a salad, a tomato seen in particular. This story is pretty disturbing, it's one of those simple stories that sticks with you and makes you a little paranoid.

The Sculptor by Tom Gillespie: A simple side trip to the gallery that ended real bad. Lesson is, never follow a stranger to their basement working space.

The Nightmare Queen by Skander Lafif: A Snow White retelling although darker and this story doesn't have a happy ending. It's more Bloody Mary than Disney.

FEAR is a hodgepodge of nightmares as imagined and retold by over 60 people. You have vampires, ghosts, simple paranoia to freak accidents peppering the anthology. Like I said, you'll find a story that's sure to give you goosebumps and probably have you sleeping with the lights on. So if you like the adrenaline rush of being terrified and getting scared over your own shadow, then GO GET YOURSELF A COPY. You're not only are you satisfying your craving for something dark and scary, but you're also giving out to charity. It's a win-win situation if you ask me.


  1. Thanks for participating in the tour, Gorgeous Girls! Awesome Review! I can barely wipe the grin off my face!!!! =D

  2. Oooh, I haven't read a good horror anthology in a really long time. This one is going on my TBR list!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

    1. Start with this! Get terrified and save lives, that's a great deal if you ask me ;)

  3. CONGRATULATIONS TO Carmen for being on the Anthology!! ^-^ I'm actually not a fan or things that go bump in the night unless i have a teddy of about 6'2 inches of solid muscle keeping me warm and protected at night xD LOL, sooo I wont be reading this til i don't have to sleep alone, but definitely looking forward to it, great review Braine! ^-^

    1. All the more reason for you to go hunting for a 6'2 muscled guy named Teddy. LOL

      Thanks Neyra!

  4. Thank you Carmen for mentioning my story "Dead Ding Donger" in your review. It's the first time one of my stories has been in a review and I'm sure I' m just like every other writer, hungry for feed back.

  5. Thank you so much Braine for the awesome review. I'm thrilled of course that you "faved" my story! Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about FEAR! :) And thank you to Carmen for alerting me to the this fab review! :)

  6. "It's more Bloody Mary than Disney"

    That comment made me laugh. I'm glad that you enjoyed my story.


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