Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: The Company of the Dead by Marissa Farrar

Horror~ A collection of 6 Short Stories

Blurb:A teenage girl living with a horrific birthmark down one side of her face discovers the cure may be worse than the affliction in ‘Stained’.
A team of men digging the channel tunnel hit a coffin-like box buried deep under the ocean. Will opening it unleash the end of mankind? ‘The Tunnel’.
A drug addict wakes to find herself trapped in a room of her worst nightmare, in ‘The Tortured Room’.
A young girl suffering abuse at the hands of her father find solace in a porcelain doll, but the doll is out for revenge, in ‘Adeline’.
A woman suffering the loss of her husband in a car accident discovers her reality isn’t all it seems in ‘The Sickness of Grief’.
A hitchhiker gets the lift from hell in ‘Thumbing it.’
Six short stories of horror; ghosts, vampires and demonic dolls. This collection totals approximately 25K in length or 65 pages. Several of these stories have been previously published in the anthologies, ‘Masters of Horror: Damned if you Don’t’; ‘Their Dark Masters: Extreme Vampire Horror’; ‘Demonic Dolls: Satan’s Toybox’.

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review:

I've always been a little weary about short stories, I feel like you don't get enough of a story out of them. Marissa has given me a change of heart! These stories were nothing short of spectacular. I started reading these last night and boy was that a bad idea. I love reading about things that go bump in the night and this collection slightly terrified me. When I say slightly terrified, it means I'm checking behind the curtain before I use the pathetic of me LOL.  I won't go into details about each story since they are short stories but I will tell you how I felt about each one. I'll start with 'Thumbing It', this story was the reason I gave it 4 1/2 stars instead of 5. I thought it was a little predictable for a hitchhiking story but I did get a little bit of a laugh from the very last line. I won't say what it is but I find it a little sinister of myself to find it comical. 'Stained' was bittersweet. I was not expecting that outcome and it was perfect! 'The Tunnel' definitely a nice twist on a vampire story. I feel like a lot of vampire stories these days are similar, this one was not the case. 'Tortured Room' this story was extremely disturbing, it felt like a bad trip. I can almost imagine something like this actually happening to a druggie on a bad trip. The description of the room was so creepy and made me wanna vomit LOL. 'Adeline' dolls are creepy...period! This just furthers my logic of staying away from the darn things. "The Sickness of Grief' WOW! I did not see that coming.  This one was a little sad but reading the last few lines were very sweet :::tears::: 

hahahaha this is perfect!

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