Short Story Review: The Crystal Crypt by Philip K. Dick

Synopsis: Stark terror ruled the Inner-Flight ship on that last Mars-Terra run. For the black-clad Leiters were on the prowl … and the grim red planet was not far behind. First published in 1954. Via Goodreads Review: Set in the future, “The Crystal Crypt” by Philip K. Dick is a fun …

Short Story Review: Uncle Vernon by Jenny Twist

Synopsis: When Alison spends an illicit weekend with her boyfriend she finds she has bitten off more than she can chew. Gary’s household is eccentric to say the least, and there is something very peculiar about Uncle Vernon. Uncle Vernon only comes to visit at Halloween and he spends a …

Short Story Review: The Killer from the Summit by Eric Michael Heiden

Synopsis: A weekend getaway turns into a fight for survival when six friends are trapped on a remote mountain. Frantic, they search for a way off, only to find out they aren’t alone. Up on the mountain with them is something that’s been there for ages…something with blood on its …

Short Story Review: The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

Synopsis: “When the White family comes into the possession of a monkey’s paw that magically grant wishes, they do what many people would do—they wish for money. But every wish has a consequence, and the White family finds they are completely unprepared for what comes next. The Monkey’s Paw is a classic …

Short Story Review: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Synopsis: “ “The Black Cat” is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most memorable stories. The tale centers around a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man. The story is often linked with “The Tell-Tale Heart” because of the profound psychological elements these two works share.” (Source: Goodreads) Review: …

Short Story Review: Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks

Synopsis: “You Are Reclusive chef Heinrich Schauer has invited six guests to a blind twelve-course tasting menu. What You Eat While snow blankets the isolated Swiss valley surrounding his estate, the guests feast eagerly, challenging one another to guess at the secret tastes plated before them. Meat Is Murder As …

Anthology Review: Dark Screams, Vol. 7 by Various Authors

Synopsis: “Robert McCammon, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Brian Hodge, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris reveal sinister secrets and unsavory pasts in a haunting anthology of short stories collected by acclaimed horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. “LIZARD MAN” by Robert McCammon The lizardman thinks he knows about all …

Short Story Review: Darkness Upon the Deep by Hristo Goshev

Synopsis: “”Darkness Upon the Deep” is a hard sci-fi story with psychological horror elements. It takes place in the 24th century, against the backdrop of a war between mankind and an alien species. After barely escaping an enemy ambush, a human battleship gets stranded outside of regular space, and her …

Short Story Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Ambiguity in a story isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there’s also a point where it becomes too much. In Gillian Flynn’s award winning short story, “The Grownup,” the reader is presented with a perfect example of exactly what happens when there is simply too much story left unanswered. I …