Full disclosure I m one of the authors in this collection But of course that leaves 20 other stories for me to appreciate and appreciate I do For fans of dark twisted creepy orror this is the book for you Each story is excellent but Scotty Milder s Seven Days of Dog Walking and Elin Olausson s Uncle in particular Grovers Own Alphabet haveaunted me for months now You won t regret reading this Except maybe when all of the lights are offand the shadows in your bedroom look a little longer than normaland what was that sound in the Husband for Real hall Butey isn t that
What You Paid For I Bought Shadowy Natures Because I you paid for I bought Shadowy Natures because I Rebecca Rowland s last two collections and I Root to Stem have not been disappointed Some people don t get psychologicalorror but it s just what it sounds like it gets in your Hard Pushed head and theorror comes from How Philosophy Works how and uncomfortable the writer makes you feel when you read it I didn t pick up this book thinking it would be full of bloody guts and gore and even though there is some of that most of the book is just super creepy aseck I Charlie Hernndez the League of Shadows had to run out to the store last night and when this sketchy guy came up behind me I immediately thought of Taking Out the Garbage When I was backing my car down the driveway Iad a flashback of Christmas Shopper When my wife who gets mild eczema sometimes was scratching The Little Book of Comfort her arm I thought of Itch right away The writing is rather exceptional throughout the book I felt like I couldear actually Dancing on the Ceiling hear the characters in stories like His Death Brings No Respite and Abigail Winchell Sometimes I read an anthology from an indie publisher and a few of the stories sound like they were written by a juniorigh student Not the case The Wee Free Men (Discworld, here Every single one of these stories is well written and creeped the crow out of me People who are expecting in your face slasher stuff or maybe lots of fantasy monsters are going to knock a star or two off but Ionestly think that s because they don t understand what psychological Kidnapped horror is THIS is it Really good book I agree with another review onere Usually when I pick up an anthology I know if I m lucky I m going to REALLY enjoy a few of the stories like some of them and want to skip some as well This is true for single author collections too It s not a criticism of those stories I liked least We all All Quiet on the Western Front have different tastes However I must say Shadowy Natures is the first anthology where I genuinely enjoyed every single one of the stories even though the subjects narrator voices and author styles were very different All are psychologicalorror Don t expect any monsters or splatterporn but DO be Prepared For Some Serious CREEP for some serious CREEP I say that in a good way Mandibular Fixation Taking Out the Garbage and Ring Rock all História do Rei Transparente have gradually building tension the kind where if they were movies you dold off going for popcorn because you just know something big is going to Best Mechanic Ever happen any moment Seven Days of Dog Walking Uncle In a Mother s Eyes The Wolf Gang Cuckoo and Like Abigail Winchell all made me start to uestion my spidey sense In each there is something very rotten in Denmark and it s not until at leastalfway through each story that the dark truth is revealed A few of the other stories Drifter His Death Brings No Respite Itch and Lemonade truly surprised me in their uniue approaches to the genre incorporating the Old West as a setting a storyline involving a revenge plot on a man in Dinosaur Dinners hospice a common skin condition gone berserk and an underground collectors item of books bound inuman skin respectively There are also everyday situations that uickly escalate into terror traps like in Maternal Bond just In His Blood had a baby expecting one soon you ll freak out or Christmas Shopper are you a Black Friday regular you won t be after this story or Walking on Knives looking for something to spice up your marriage DON T And of course there are stories about everydayumans who simply enjoy killing andor Desert Kings (Deathlands, hurting others In Control Accessory My Father s Home Heart Skull Heart and Roger just to remind us that yep my next door neighbor may in factave bodies in An Officer and a Spy his basement I cannot recommend this anthology enough and I dare any fan of psychologicalorror to read it and try to be disappointed It can t be done I received this book as an ARC from the publisher but frankly I would pay for it I think it s only 15 on and I ll probably buy a copy for my niece who also enjoys Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, horror Some of the stories were certainly unnerving and I thinkorror fans would enjoy them I would recommend it Spine chilling and Ooko hair raising This is a terrific and terrifying selection of stories th. The boundary line between instinct and reason is of a very shadowy nature” Edgar Allan Poe 1840With its twenty one stories of serial killers and sociopaths fixations and fetishes breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles Shadowy Natures leads fans of psychologicalorror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they will be too unsettled to leave Under the tutelage of a charismatic caretaker a young boy learns that the rules don’t apply to 'exceptional' people; under the blinders of parental love a parent considers the after effects of Naked his daughter’s criminal exonerationOne suburban dad findsimself inexplicably drawn to something e spies while walking the family pet and another discovers buried co. ,
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The Husband S And husband s and gut starts twisting as you think you know then you do know what s appeningMy absolute favorite of the bunch was Uncle by Elin Olausson The writingvoiceatmospherecharacters all of it was top notch It s Claim The Crown hard to write a child s perspective in such an engaging way but Olausson killed it Uncle says that it was for the best that Mother died I didn t agree at first but I agree now She was slow and clumsy like a slug or cow or some other animal you don tave to be nice to Then that last line And then it will be just me and Nerds him on the porch and our mouths will taste like peaches This is a beautifully written storyThere is something inere for every fan of In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, horror andor dark fiction and I enjoyed the stories immensely even the ones I didn tighlight Bark here I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisherI truly enjoyed the stories in this psychologicalorror anthology The stories and writing styles are vastly different from each other so there should be something for everyone in this book I particularly enjoyed these storiesTaking Out the Garbage by Thomas Vaughn About being the one upstanding citizen in a bad neighborhood where a strange man walks around like a ghost and broken women disappear A dark and gloomy story very rich in atmosphere im Full disclosure I am one of the authors who contributed to this anthology This was a fun and scary mix of psychological On Such a Full Sea horror stories My personal favorites were Matthew R Davis s Walking on Knives a couple s attempt to jazz up their sex life goes terribly awry KC Grifant s Maternal Bond about a new mother dealing with severe stress and depression and Bryan Miller s Heart Skull Heart a father suspectsis beloved daughter may not be what she seems I also especially enjoyed KN Johnson s Accessory Scotty Milder s Seven Days of Dog Walking and Louis Stevenson s Itch These 21 dreadfully dark tales Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! held me captive from first to last story This is unusual for me for as much as I love anthologies I nearly always find myself skipping one or 2 stories in a book of this size I neverold that against them it s only the law of averages that deems not every story can be a winner with every reader Somehow Shadowy Natures beat those odds at least with me The only negative thing I could say is that some of the endings were a bit vague for my tastes but even then it did not take away from the fact that I enjoyed the story Some readers may take offense at the subject matter in a few of the gruesome tales Don t say I did not warn you A few of my favorites were Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller a contemporary tale that could Cannibal have easily been ripped from today seadlines Being based on reality made it all the unsettlingThe Wolf Gang by Barrie Darke begins innocently enough as a man goes Mastered (The Enforcers, home with a coworker after a long day inopes of a good night sleep before an early start in the morning It s not long before I uestioned Man, Son of Man his judgement because if it were me I wouldave been too scared to sleep in that Alter Ego house In A Mother s Eyes by Andrew Punzo Finds a lieutenant making the sad visit to inform a mother thater son was killed in action and getting a uite unexpected reaction Maternal Bond by KC Grifant in which a new mom battles lack of sleep and postpartum depression really got under my skin as I recalled my own earliest days of coping with a baby who cried non stop Ring Rock by James Edward O brien is told from the point of view of a man who went along with is wife s wishes to purchase er dream Uncommon Wisdom home even though forim it was a nightmare come true Accessory by KN Johnson pretty much blew me away It was not what I expected from a simple beginning of a girl who was born unwanted to a father who only wanted boys This was a twisty psychological Unseen City horror that I won t soon forget Itch by Louis Stephenson wasigh on the gross out scale after reading it I think I may Art have even grossed myself out by using that word scale Yuck Walking On Knives by Mathhew R Davis tosses us into the midst of a stale marriage looking to spice things up and finding the wrong kind of excitement Like Abigail Winchell by Christina Delia takes a look at the fine line between friends and frenemies be they real or imaginedIf Iave not singled out other stories it does not mean I did not enjoy them only that these are the ones still embedded in my mind and that days after finishing this book I can still recall them off the top of my ead I received an advance copy for review. Housewife makes a strange new friend and a neglected teen finds solace inspiration in a vicious classmate’s company When er moves back into the family Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard home a woman becomes consumed by whate leaves behind; when a man disappears The Matriarchs (The Family his sister considers the warning signse may Notes for the Everlost have been leaving since childhood One couple abandons urban life for the isolating wilderness while another plays a dangerous gameoping to rekindle their relationship While one son revisits the scene of When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) his father’sorrific crime spree another returns No Biggy! home to ponderis family’s well Crush It! hidden secretFrom uniue twists on traditional terror tropes to fresh frights found in the most innocuous of places these tales will surprise and unnerve even the most veteranorror fans. At will make you suirm in your
seat and forceand force to get up to check the doors and windows before you go to sleep However you won t be able to resist reading just one story before you shut your eyes Even though you know it will probably give you nightmares But rest assured your nightmares can t possibly be spine chilling or air raising than the tales in Shadowy NaturesThere are twenty one stories in the collection and they are all excellent Three stories in particular stood out for me Maternal Bond by KC Grifant takes you deep inside the tortured psyche of a young mother
trying desperately to cope with a newborn babydesperately to cope with a newborn baby just won t stop screaming Her maternal love leads er to make the ultimate sacrificeIn Lemonade by Paul Stansfield a
family faces an ethical dilemma when they find an obscene treasurefaces an ethical dilemma when they find an obscene treasure by a deceased relative It poses the uestion can you use evil from the past to do good today Louis Stephenson s Itch is a story of physical infection and psychological breakdown that will Deep Listening have you checking your shower for flecks of dead skin and your carpet for creepy bugs A sugar shaker will never seem so innocent againBob Hastings I just finished reading Shadowy Natures Dark Ink Books an anthology of psychologicalorror stories edited by Rebecca Rowland If you re a fan of dark fiction crime fiction mystery suspense and thrillers you will enjoy this collection The book certainly encompasses that broad spectrum of genres The stories range from being brutal disturbing unsettling and Bird-by-Bird Gardening haunting Sometimes anthologies can beit or miss as not every story may be strong engaging or captivating Well in the case of this particular book I d say the majority of the stories are strongMy favorite stories in it are Drifter Taking Out the Garbage In Control Maternal Bond Ring Rock and Uncle Now I m curious to see what Dark Ink Books The Works of Saint Augustine has lined up for the future Anthologies are like beer flights You get a little tasteere a little taste there and before you know it you ve found a new author to love and you go buy all of their books Often wildly different in style and voice short stories grouped together like this are perfect for the reader who only Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone has small snippets of time And it sard to My Teacher Is a Robot have each story reflect an overall theme while being uniue In this Shadowy Natures is the perfect anthology with 21 dark tales that will get in youread suirming and pulsing until you Supper Club have to look away Some of these were truly disgusting bodyorrors I m looking at you Itch by Louis Stephenson I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit with every paragraph I read Great job making me feel the disgust of the main character at Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) her brother s skin condition and now Iave to go scratch my arm There was some fantastic writing with gorgeous imagery in Mandibular Fixation by Lee Rozelle It was pitch black and I found myself stumbling in yoga pants through an abandoned building that Professional Capital had this reek of burnt oil and rotten onions The stark odor ofuman grease unwashed clothes and thick black flies spiraled Mandibular Fixation upward in a confusion of staircases as I ran in the direction of Ally s screams Drifter by CW Blackwell was one of my favorites Even though I Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) had an idea where the story was going I still enjoyed the trip Great characterization and scenic descriptions just enough to place you andave you feel for the character but not so much that it takes you out of the story It s Berlioz, Vol. 2 hard to packistorical fiction into a short format but Blackwell knocked it out of the parkLove the characters and vivid descriptions in Taking Out the Garbage by Thomas VaughnJust flat out fantastic writing in Seven Days of Dog Walking by Scotty Milder Maternal Bond by KC Grifant struck a chord with me reminding me of my own days dealing with sleep deprivation a screaming newborn and post partum depression Grifant portrayed those feelings in such a realistic way I definitely thought it would go in a darker direction and I was glued to the page in anticipation of the ending Fantastic tension throughoutI loved the style and format of Heart Skull Heart by Bryan Miller An in depth look at the turmoil of parents on the other end of shocking The Middle Sin (Cleo North headlines it examines theeart of parents dealing with one of the worse thing they could face Having to live with the fact that their child did such a The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress heinous thing and still loving them through it would be near impossible for anyone Fantastic ending Walking on Knives Matthew R Davis Another one of my favorites this took a turn I was not expecting from the opening paragraphs and I love. Mpulsions awakened byis daughter’s dental deformity Sorting through a deceased relative’s belongings a family stumbles upon a Midnight Fantasies horrific treasure as a drifter with a dark secret wanders the Old WestWhile a military officer spendsis days delivering despair a procrastinator is consumed by guilt after making a deadly mistake and a businessman stumbles upon a bizarre family photo gallery Post partum paranoia and isolation threaten one mother’s sanity until an outside threat pushes Men of Steele Bundle her over the edge while another mother picks ater son’s psychological scabs until e scrambles for releaseUrban blight bears down on a convenience store owner; a middle aged man takes a terminally ill acuaintance captive to avenge is lover’s death; a depressed suburban.