What if real life scenarios were far more horrific than fantasy? What if you could visit the dark, unsettling mind of one man and experience the disturbing stories that originate there? These stories are unconnected, but they all include a similar trait: Fear. They are all based on aspects of life that are haunting yet very real. Experiencing these stories will induce a terror that will stay with you long after the final page is turned...
How does a usually analytical, sane person handle this? It was just a dream, but it was so real, so vivid. Add in the fact that my instincts told me Frederick Stone was a creep from the beginning, and I knew I had to explore this further.
The following day, I had a day off from the school. Actually, I had no classes for the remainder of the week. Mr. Stone left in his pickup at 8 a.m. His work schedule was very hectic, depending on the rate of messy crimes, I guess. Sometimes he would be gone all day, sometimes only an hour. He could go a week with no work or work every day. His hectic schedule made what I had to do very tricky and risky.
kybookworm on Amazon wrote:
“Dark Musings” is a riveting collection of short stories joined by a common theme: a desire to understand the eternal question of providence, the existence of God, life after death, possibility of time travel, mysterious coincidences, and other issues that have been on every person’s mind at least once in their lives. Should we believe our prophetic dreams or discount them as vivid imagination only? How do we know if some higher power is behind a certain fateful event or it’s pure coincidence? Should we trust our logic or our hearts when it comes to the most important decisions in our lives? These and many more ideas are developed and shown through the eyes of different characters: a father hoping to reverse the course of events to save his daughter from an accident; a family of a patient in a coma, deciding his fate without knowing that he is aware of everything happening around him; a woman, deciding to believe her intuition to save a little girl – all these stories will make you ponder on such issues even after you close the book. Definitely a worthy read.
Book Collector on Amazon wrote:
From the first story, The Neighbor, to the last, Incubus, I enjoyed every page of this book of short stories. While I liked them all, I’d have to say my favorites were The Neighbor, Room 723, Aaron (now THAT one was truly scary!), and Motherhood. A few stories had a touch of the supernatural, while others were very much grounded in reality—often an ugly reality, but a reality nonetheless.
I especially liked the Afterword the author did after each story. He either shared what triggered the idea for that particular story or what he was trying to accomplish with it, or he provided the reader with food for thought—like how do we really know the people we come in contact with every day. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys short stories with a bit of chill to them.
Crisp writing, straight to the point, nails it. I loved the way the stories were put together. The author's narratives and skill with the written word were on every page. Definitely, a great book if you're travelling and want to read the different stories periodically, although the stories are so good you might be like me and binge from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories, bordering on horror and suspense. The stories were imaginative and fresh and I can only wonder where the author got his ideas from.
I wish the book had been a little longer overall. Guess I enjoyed it a little too much.
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