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Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall: 1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts? 2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch's familiar. 3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner This weapon has a mi Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall: 1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts? 2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch's familiar. 3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner This weapon has a mind of its own. 4. RING OF STONES by Donna Johnson Jake Barnes seeks revenge on the cursed creature living in the abandoned well. 5. DEATH COMES TO MAGGIE MCDANIEL by Grayson Bray Morris A bully's cruel hand grants Maggie's dearest wish. 6. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by William Meikle What if intense fantasies create a different reality? 7. DRUID STONES by Rayne Hall Modern druids enact an ancient ritual, and a woman watches in secret. 8. THE LOFT by Liv Rancourt Three women from the church choir learn that evil is everywhere. 9. LIFE IN MINIATURE by Tracie McBride Street kid Michael thinks it's his lucky day when a do-gooder picks him up off the street. 10. YOU HAVE ONE MESSAGE by Jonathan Broughton Press * for connection. Some of these stories have been previously published in other books, magazines or e-zines.


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Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall: 1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts? 2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch's familiar. 3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner This weapon has a mi Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall: 1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts? 2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch's familiar. 3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner This weapon has a mind of its own. 4. RING OF STONES by Donna Johnson Jake Barnes seeks revenge on the cursed creature living in the abandoned well. 5. DEATH COMES TO MAGGIE MCDANIEL by Grayson Bray Morris A bully's cruel hand grants Maggie's dearest wish. 6. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by William Meikle What if intense fantasies create a different reality? 7. DRUID STONES by Rayne Hall Modern druids enact an ancient ritual, and a woman watches in secret. 8. THE LOFT by Liv Rancourt Three women from the church choir learn that evil is everywhere. 9. LIFE IN MINIATURE by Tracie McBride Street kid Michael thinks it's his lucky day when a do-gooder picks him up off the street. 10. YOU HAVE ONE MESSAGE by Jonathan Broughton Press * for connection. Some of these stories have been previously published in other books, magazines or e-zines.

30 review for Scared: Ten Tales of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shambhawi P.

    Rating for Individual Stories Out of Order - 3 stars Our Lady of the Toads - 2 stars Family Heirloom - 2 stars Ring of Stones - 3.5 stars Death Comes for Maggie McDaniel - 4 stars Creatures of the Night - 2.5 stars Druid Stones - 3.5 stars The Loft - 2.5 stars Life in Miniature - 4 stars You Have One Message - 4 stars The stories were well written but some were mostly missing the creep factor. Some that is, not all. Even so, I was expecting more from them. The problem was that almost all stories felt in Rating for Individual Stories Out of Order - 3 stars Our Lady of the Toads - 2 stars Family Heirloom - 2 stars Ring of Stones - 3.5 stars Death Comes for Maggie McDaniel - 4 stars Creatures of the Night - 2.5 stars Druid Stones - 3.5 stars The Loft - 2.5 stars Life in Miniature - 4 stars You Have One Message - 4 stars The stories were well written but some were mostly missing the creep factor. Some that is, not all. Even so, I was expecting more from them. The problem was that almost all stories felt incomplete like a prologue building up to a bigger story or a short introducing us to a fantasy world. The only story that, for me, could stand by itself as a short was Life in Miniature. Others, while good, were missing that. As a collection this is a nice read - but no stories really stand out or last longer than it takes to turn the last page. Overall rating: 3.1 Stars I received this ebook from the author in a BookLikes giveaway and have provided a fully honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Scared: Ten Tales of Horror edited by Rayne Hall , is a collection of ten unique suspenseful horror stories by ten different authors. The authors offer you various frightening situations. How you react will be determined on your own imagination and fears. The last part of the book presents author biographies and several excerpts from several author’s books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynxie

    Overall this collection of stories only made up approx 70% of the book (the rest was dedicated to promotion of the author's other works) and left quite a bit to be desired. There weren't really any creepy stories here, and the 'horror' was in very small quantities. My favourite story by quite a way was 'Death comes for Maggie McDaniel' because of the haunting sadness and the fact that it was a well written and interesting tale. I would definitely read more by Grayson Bray Morris, Pamela Turner, Overall this collection of stories only made up approx 70% of the book (the rest was dedicated to promotion of the author's other works) and left quite a bit to be desired. There weren't really any creepy stories here, and the 'horror' was in very small quantities. My favourite story by quite a way was 'Death comes for Maggie McDaniel' because of the haunting sadness and the fact that it was a well written and interesting tale. I would definitely read more by Grayson Bray Morris, Pamela Turner, Donna Johnson and William Meikle. The rest I probably wouldn't bother. I feel that the four best stories are dragged down a bit by the others that get a nudge into the realm of good because they're being carried by the four better stories. Not a great collection, but an OK way to spend a couple of hours if you want a not very scary collection of stories. Story specific thoughts below: Out of Order - 3 stars This one has a single horrible animal scene, which is written off in one or two lines. The horror aspects were not a problem, a bit simple, like a child witnessing a murder, too simplistic to be very impactful. A shame really because the idea is interesting. Our lady of the toads - 3 stars Witches tale that reads quickly but doesn't really offer anything new. Not a bad read, but a touch boring. Family Heirloom - 4 stars An interesting idea, but the story was over too quickly. I'd have liked to see the story teased out a bit more. Ring of stones - 4 stars A really short tale rich with imagery and sensory information. But a glimpse, captivating. Death comes for Maggie McDaniel - 4.5 stars A sad tale, full of character and loss. I only wish it were a touch longer so the blow to guts had the impact it deserves. Lovely writing. Creatures of the night - 4 stars The creepiest story so far tied in with the character being a writer so it's an instant win for me. The pace is quick, detail light but enough to paint a picture. Druid stones - 2.5 stars The story gallops along to its own tune, the ending obvious from a mile off. A lot of flowery wording that could be cut to make the story stronger. The Loft - 2 stars Rather boring, even what should have been tense moments lacked any sort of urgency. Repetition and an annoying MC made for an uninteresting or engaging story. Life in miniature - 3.5 stars A great idea, but over far too quickly. This should have been teased out, hints dropped etc. Who is Susan? Who is Michael? A little more character behind them would make this a great story. You have one message - 3 stars Probably the creepiest only because of the unknown factor and the panic written on the characters faces. The story offered little by way of characterization, but for once this worked because it allowed the faceless masses to form and show mass hysteria even in a small window of opportunity with limited character visibility. Still, there were too many unanswered questions and not enough content to really make this stand on its own. **Note: I won an electronic copy of this book through the Booklikes giveaway program**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Merritt

    Good read. I enjoy short stories and this book has good quick reads. Quite a delight for the price. I recommend this book. Great work to the authors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I may or may not be an oddball but I really enjoy reading books that resonate with the season we are currently in. Halloween is quickly approaching which made it the perfect time for me to read Scared: Ten Tales of Horror edited by Rayne Hall. The leaves are changing colors, it is getting darker earlier, and it is always chilly at night (at least in Ohio). In my opinion, one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a fall evening is curled up on the couch, sipping coffee/hot chocolate, with a fire in I may or may not be an oddball but I really enjoy reading books that resonate with the season we are currently in. Halloween is quickly approaching which made it the perfect time for me to read Scared: Ten Tales of Horror edited by Rayne Hall. The leaves are changing colors, it is getting darker earlier, and it is always chilly at night (at least in Ohio). In my opinion, one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a fall evening is curled up on the couch, sipping coffee/hot chocolate, with a fire in the fireplace while enjoying a scary story. Ahhh perfection! Scared is a great collection of stories that offers a little something for everyone and held my attention long enough for me to finish reading this book in one sitting. It is definitely on my reading recommendation list! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire read but there are some stories that really grabbed my attention and stuck with me long after the read. Out of Order by Karen Heard and The Loft by Liv Rancourt totally creeped me out. The authors touch on one of my major fears in life by looking at vulnerability. I’m not afraid of situations where I am in control, what I fear most is being caught off guard and unable to protect myself. Family Heirloom by Pamela Turner, Ring of Stones by Donna Johnson, and Life in Miniature by Tracie McBride were fantastic stories that had me leaning in a little closer and drinking in every word as I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Death Comes for Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris and Druid Stones by Rayne Hall really made me stop and think. These two stories really hit a cord with me as I read. I could feel my pulse increase and there were a couple of times when I even gasped or shook my head. Please check out our FULL review by visiting us at Griffin's Honey http://www.griffinshoney.com/scared-t...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Rose

    I always enjoy reading a selection of short stories when I don’t have the time to concentrate on a novel. I read these recently whilst travelling and they were an excellent companion. I’m not sure exactly what makes something horror rather than suspense and I guess it comes down to what personally makes you scared so for me many of these were more suspense than horror but very well written suspense throughout. An anthology gives you the opportunity to sample the work of several different writers I always enjoy reading a selection of short stories when I don’t have the time to concentrate on a novel. I read these recently whilst travelling and they were an excellent companion. I’m not sure exactly what makes something horror rather than suspense and I guess it comes down to what personally makes you scared so for me many of these were more suspense than horror but very well written suspense throughout. An anthology gives you the opportunity to sample the work of several different writers without committing to a full novel and I found the writing of all of these, though varied in style, equally excellent in quality. I’m not going to comment on each story, as this would become far too long, but to mention a few I particularly liked Death comes to Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris. It was cleverly structured and flowed very well. Druid Stones by Rayne Hall was very good with a brilliant twist at the end which is never easy to carry off well. Life in Miniature by Tracie McBride was a great idea and very well executed. I was going to leave it there but have to mention finally that I liked the way the everyday fears of the protagonist in Out of Order by Karen Heard were swiftly replaced by those of a very real and truly horrible nature. You will all find your favourites in this collection and I’d recommend this book to all who like a bit of darkness in their reading. I will certainly look out for work by any of these writers in the future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erika Messer

    Rayne Hall has done it again - the master of compilations is what I am calling her now! She does a tremendous job of gathering the best stories and making a great book out of them :) This one was horror stories which I love anyways, so it appealed to me on every level. The best part of these books is that they are not long stories so you can read one a night, or all at once, however you want - you don't have to put it down and then a week later pick it up and forget everything you read previousl Rayne Hall has done it again - the master of compilations is what I am calling her now! She does a tremendous job of gathering the best stories and making a great book out of them :) This one was horror stories which I love anyways, so it appealed to me on every level. The best part of these books is that they are not long stories so you can read one a night, or all at once, however you want - you don't have to put it down and then a week later pick it up and forget everything you read previously. There is a story for everyone in Rayne's books as well - every story has a different setting, takes place in different times, and they are so good! My favorite without a doubt was the very first story named Out of Order by Karen Heard. I don't normally like stories that end on a cliffhanger but this one just got to me - it is amazing! I also loved Life in Miniature by Tracie McBride - it had to do with some dollhouses and I love stories about anything like that and miniatures :) I highly recommend this to anyone looking for stories that are not over the top horror but enough to give you a good jolt! Go grab it from Amazon now, just 99 cents for the Kindle version and give yourself or someone you love a good scare for the holidays!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    I received this product through a promotion in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. These stories are written in "What If" scenarios that leave you in suspense. In these tales, the world we know it has changed. Harmless objects are now menacing. Something bad can happen at every corner. There's no gore or massacres in these tales, thank goodness. These stories were not terrifying enough to keep you up at night, but they are tales that you may share similar fears. Life in Miniature was the tal I received this product through a promotion in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. These stories are written in "What If" scenarios that leave you in suspense. In these tales, the world we know it has changed. Harmless objects are now menacing. Something bad can happen at every corner. There's no gore or massacres in these tales, thank goodness. These stories were not terrifying enough to keep you up at night, but they are tales that you may share similar fears. Life in Miniature was the tale that creeped me out the most. I'm not a big fan of dolls to begin with, and this story is one of the reasons why dolls creep me out. Death Comes For Maggie McDaniel was another one that intrigued me. What if you died without knowing you died? You woke up thinking you just fell asleep, but people come to visit you. They can't see you or hear you when you cry out to them, yet they are there, saying their goodbye. Only your dearist wish can set you free.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sushma

    The book is a compilation of ten different stories. My favourites were Death comes for Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris which had an unexpected and doleful ending; and Druid Stones by Rayne Hall for it tells how individuals scruple to help strangers. The most weird or rather funny was Creatures of the night by William Meikle; though the ending was bizarre I did think protagonist deserved it. Rather than saying scared or horrifying the stories were creepy and sometimes weird.Some of them se The book is a compilation of ten different stories. My favourites were Death comes for Maggie McDaniel by Grayson Bray Morris which had an unexpected and doleful ending; and Druid Stones by Rayne Hall for it tells how individuals scruple to help strangers. The most weird or rather funny was Creatures of the night by William Meikle; though the ending was bizarre I did think protagonist deserved it. Rather than saying scared or horrifying the stories were creepy and sometimes weird.Some of them seemed incomplete and not apt to the theme of the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie Smith

    Dull Don't bother with this book. Get Rayne's 30 stories instead. These just didn't cut it. So don't bother. I five-starred Rayne's 30 collection though. These stories were vague, uninteresting and more seemingly for the gratification of the writer. Dull Don't bother with this book. Get Rayne's 30 stories instead. These just didn't cut it. So don't bother. I five-starred Rayne's 30 collection though. These stories were vague, uninteresting and more seemingly for the gratification of the writer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Kinda Okay I really enjoyed the first three stories, with the very first one being my favourite.  The rest of them were seriously lacking the creepy-crawly factor, though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

  13. 4 out of 5

    jennifer dennison

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

  15. 4 out of 5

    geri resko

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marty Soehren

  17. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  19. 4 out of 5

    edward r. dana jr

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Ronan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jami Smith

  22. 4 out of 5

    Delores Roberts

  23. 4 out of 5

    lori durkee

  24. 4 out of 5

    CECIL KING

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Townsend

  26. 5 out of 5

    William C. Young

  27. 5 out of 5

    labkjm

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather Makover

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melen

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