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A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane's THE RIGGLE TWINS, a short story selection from Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror. A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane's THE RIGGLE TWINS, a short story selection from Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror.


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A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane's THE RIGGLE TWINS, a short story selection from Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror. A brother and sister creep out of the darkness with bags full of deadly tricks in Gregor Xane's THE RIGGLE TWINS, a short story selection from Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror.

44 review for The Riggle Twins: A Selection from Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I love when one of my favorite authors posts a story for free! Free today 2-15-15 until Wednesday. Evil twins? Go get them :) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P... I love when one of my favorite authors posts a story for free! Free today 2-15-15 until Wednesday. Evil twins? Go get them :) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    A spooky Halloween story that marries creepy with gory in just the right amounts! The Riggle Twins is a delightfully devious tale from Gregor Xane, one of the few authors here on Goodreads who hasn't tried to force me to read his work...and so I read his work. Two evil twins...well, I suppose calling twins evil is redundant...terrorize the neighborhood in revenge for past Halloweens in this quick and enjoyable story. Some good folks and some disagreeable folks get done over all in the name of the A spooky Halloween story that marries creepy with gory in just the right amounts! The Riggle Twins is a delightfully devious tale from Gregor Xane, one of the few authors here on Goodreads who hasn't tried to force me to read his work...and so I read his work. Two evil twins...well, I suppose calling twins evil is redundant...terrorize the neighborhood in revenge for past Halloweens in this quick and enjoyable story. Some good folks and some disagreeable folks get done over all in the name of the greater good evil. It's a light read, but a nasty one. Those who can't stomach a bit of violence might want to pass on this one. I'm glad I didn't though!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janie C.

    So this is what happens if you turn off your lights to avoid the kiddies on Halloween. Better stock up on candy and be social. You don't want to become a tribute. Those odd little Riggle twins are watching. So this is what happens if you turn off your lights to avoid the kiddies on Halloween. Better stock up on candy and be social. You don't want to become a tribute. Those odd little Riggle twins are watching.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul Nelson

    The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane, is a mischievous tale of horror for those who do their damnedest to avoid the Halloween frivolities, for those who sit in the dark and pretend they’re not in. You see the Riggle twins search for such people and take them as a tribute to their saviour the god of the dead, or Sam to his friends.   The Riggle twins come out of the darkness on Halloween, with their sacks full of tricks and traps and treats, through the tunnel of severed hands, guided by the man with a The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane, is a mischievous tale of horror for those who do their damnedest to avoid the Halloween frivolities, for those who sit in the dark and pretend they’re not in. You see the Riggle twins search for such people and take them as a tribute to their saviour the god of the dead, or Sam to his friends.   The Riggle twins come out of the darkness on Halloween, with their sacks full of tricks and traps and treats, through the tunnel of severed hands, guided by the man with a batwing coat, to pray on those that don’t celebrate All Saints Eve.   I listened to the audio of The Riggle Twins, provided by the author because I showed some interest via a competition. I had read the story in the Bad Apples anthology, the audio was a production that incorporated attention grabbing noises such as you’d hear in a radio play. You know things like jungle/forest sounds and an annoying doorbell that kept ringing. This was the first audio I can remember listening to that featured this background commotion and at times it held my attention over the story. In conclusion I’m a fan of the story but not the production, I like to listen to the story with no distractions and that’s how I roll. And thanks G. A 3.5* for the Audio, more for the story. Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bark | Laurie | LOHF

    I originally read this as part of the Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror collection and it was one of my favorites. Quirky, strange and surprising it is definitely worth your time. And right now it's available on the Kindle for FREE. So go grab it! Here's my review of the story: I had so many questions when I stepped into this story because the characters and the setting were so unusual. What are they? Where did they come from? What is going on?! Soon enough I just went with it and follow I originally read this as part of the Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror collection and it was one of my favorites. Quirky, strange and surprising it is definitely worth your time. And right now it's available on the Kindle for FREE. So go grab it! Here's my review of the story: I had so many questions when I stepped into this story because the characters and the setting were so unusual. What are they? Where did they come from? What is going on?! Soon enough I just went with it and followed the odd Riggle twins as they headed out for their Halloween adventure to find two tributes before midnight. And it’s imperative they do so because “they don't want to die again . . . The first time was bad enough.” This was a bizarre, horrifying and completely unpredictable little tale. As much as I love having my questions answered, in this case, I enjoyed the fact that we weren’t spoon fed all of the answers. It made things much more ominous and mysterious.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    He.He.He. DON'T pull your shades or turn out your lights come All Hallows' Eve or you'll surely get a visit from THE RIGGLE TWINS....the mischievous little rascals who prowl around each year to find their prize. Creepy good and clever little tale with more to the story than meets the eye....that I'll NOT give away here. Missed reading this one last month, but then I enjoy Halloween and Horror anytime of year! He.He.He. DON'T pull your shades or turn out your lights come All Hallows' Eve or you'll surely get a visit from THE RIGGLE TWINS....the mischievous little rascals who prowl around each year to find their prize. Creepy good and clever little tale with more to the story than meets the eye....that I'll NOT give away here. Missed reading this one last month, but then I enjoy Halloween and Horror anytime of year!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Full disclosure - Gregor Xane is my friend on Goodreads, and when he offered this story for free, I snatched it up. But his being my friend on GR has no bearing on my opinion of this story. I liked it all on its own. This is the 3rd time I've read one of Gregor Xane's stories, and the 3rd time I have not been disappointed. So far, I think this one is my favorite. I will probably end up buying the collection if the rest of the stories delight me as much as this one did. I can totally see this sto Full disclosure - Gregor Xane is my friend on Goodreads, and when he offered this story for free, I snatched it up. But his being my friend on GR has no bearing on my opinion of this story. I liked it all on its own. This is the 3rd time I've read one of Gregor Xane's stories, and the 3rd time I have not been disappointed. So far, I think this one is my favorite. I will probably end up buying the collection if the rest of the stories delight me as much as this one did. I can totally see this story being adapted by Tim Burton, and man... I would LOVE that. It's got a deliciously depraved and creepy quality to it, but also an mischievous innocence that reminds me quite a lot of Lock, Shock, and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I thought that Kelly was well drawn as a curmudgeonly old dick. He was fun to read, because he's just so unlikable and judgemental and ornery. I was kinda rooting for him, in a 'let's see what you got, old man' kind of way. I do wish that Sam was a little more fleshed out, though. His character is kind of integral to the plot, and I would have liked a bit more of him in the story. Still, we get enough from what is there to understand who he is and what he needs, so that's really more of a personal desire for lore than any story necessity. I didn't really understand the cages, though they were cool and brutal sounding... but I thought that going through the trouble of all that would have a purpose, and I missed that. And finally, my only real criticism is that it's 'cummerbund' not 'cumber bun'. Other than those issues, this was a dementedly great little story, and when Halloween rolls around this year, you can bet your ass I'll be handing out some candy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    Read: February, 2015 Listened to: July 2015 I became a fan of this guy after reading The Hanover Block. I don't do many short stories but this was high on my list and it delivered. Every bit as original as UPDATE: The author was kind enough to send me the audio version of this even though I had already read and reviewed it. If you decide to approach this story, I highly recommend the Audible version. The narration was excellent and it had some cool sound effects thrown in for ambiance. But as Read: February, 2015 Listened to: July 2015 I became a fan of this guy after reading The Hanover Block. I don't do many short stories but this was high on my list and it delivered. Every bit as original as UPDATE: The author was kind enough to send me the audio version of this even though I had already read and reviewed it. If you decide to approach this story, I highly recommend the Audible version. The narration was excellent and it had some cool sound effects thrown in for ambiance. But as usual, ALWAYS listen to the audio sample before making a purchase. I learned that the hard way long ago from a narrator with a mouth full of marbles. The author is a friend of mine so I probably shouldn't give a star rating but I already did a while ago and removing it would just be weird so it stays. Great story. "A tuxedo coat made out of candy wrappers." I love that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Char

    This is an excerpt from my review of Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween : My favorite story in this collection was The Riggle Twins by Gregor Xane. Wildly imaginative and creepy, I was sad when this tale was over. I hope that Gregor builds on this short story in the future, because I think there is a lot of room to grow in the world from which The Riggle Twins were born.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lennon

    When I first started this story I thought it was a fun little Halloween story. The twins actually reminded my a bit of the trick or treaters from The Nightmare before Christmas. Around the half way point this story takes a very sinister turn. It becomes something more like Childs Play meets Saw. I liked this a lot, it's a short story so a quick read. You should definitely check it out. All reviews can be found at http://lennonslair.blogspot.co.uk When I first started this story I thought it was a fun little Halloween story. The twins actually reminded my a bit of the trick or treaters from The Nightmare before Christmas. Around the half way point this story takes a very sinister turn. It becomes something more like Childs Play meets Saw. I liked this a lot, it's a short story so a quick read. You should definitely check it out. All reviews can be found at http://lennonslair.blogspot.co.uk

  11. 5 out of 5

    H.M

    This short story from Gregor Xane was brilliant and the only thing I’m sorry about is that it ended. The story is about a brother and sister who appear from beyond the darkness at Halloween. To say anymore would spoil the story, so I urge you go and nab it while it’s free here. The tension mounted throughout and I was riveted from the beginning. At no time did I feel the story lag or dip. It was excellently written as well and the story arc was perfectly done to maintain tension. Another thing that This short story from Gregor Xane was brilliant and the only thing I’m sorry about is that it ended. The story is about a brother and sister who appear from beyond the darkness at Halloween. To say anymore would spoil the story, so I urge you go and nab it while it’s free here. The tension mounted throughout and I was riveted from the beginning. At no time did I feel the story lag or dip. It was excellently written as well and the story arc was perfectly done to maintain tension. Another thing that I loved was the description. I could see everything in my mind’s eye and felt like I was there. The attention to detail was staggering for such a short piece. My favourite aspect of this were the characters though. They were so well drawn that I felt for each and every one. Definitely read this, as soon as you can. You won’t regret it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gregor Xane

    Click the cover image below to read a sample. Click the cover image below to read a sample.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rodney

    Xane can really build a story and does it very well within the span of this short piece. Unique, with plenty of heart, and highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    This is a delightful tale of two kiddies who emerge only on Halloween. Xane's story bubbles with glee and a sense of childlike wonder...until the killings begin... This is a delightful tale of two kiddies who emerge only on Halloween. Xane's story bubbles with glee and a sense of childlike wonder...until the killings begin...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hatchet Mouth

    I wasn't always sure of what was going on, but it was still well written enough that I could follow the through-line. I'm not sure if Gregor would consider it accurate or inaccurate that I imagined Scatman Crothers as the Sam character. I wasn't always sure of what was going on, but it was still well written enough that I could follow the through-line. I'm not sure if Gregor would consider it accurate or inaccurate that I imagined Scatman Crothers as the Sam character.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Note: This is a stand alone selection from the anthology Bad Apples. Ben & Bella Riggle are not your normal twins. Every year, they wait and wait for Halloween to come around. They spend their time in their little treehouse mending themselves and their clothes, tinkering with left over bits, and enjoying the rare visits by Sam, the one who brought them back. This story opens on the day of Halloween, the twins getting a bit impatient waiting for night to fall. It is the one time a year they can saf Note: This is a stand alone selection from the anthology Bad Apples. Ben & Bella Riggle are not your normal twins. Every year, they wait and wait for Halloween to come around. They spend their time in their little treehouse mending themselves and their clothes, tinkering with left over bits, and enjoying the rare visits by Sam, the one who brought them back. This story opens on the day of Halloween, the twins getting a bit impatient waiting for night to fall. It is the one time a year they can safely leave their haven and venture out to mingle with the masked kids. But they have a task. Each year, they must bring tribute back to their treehouse before the sun rises. I really enjoyed this story for several reasons. First, it is full of suspense and not focused on the gore some horror stories get caught up in. Second, it takes place on Halloween, a holiday ripe with mystery and mischief. Third, we get to know the little ‘horrors’ of the story first and foremost, and everyone else second. To them, this is simply what they do. They choose their tributes carefully. They do this to show how much they appreciate the one person left in their lives, the mysterious yet powerful Sam. Finally, while Sam has just a few short bits in this story, I really want to know more about him. Is he some deity? Is he just a guy with some special abilities? He has fondness for these kids, but is it self-serving fondness alone or something more, like family? This story kept me engaged from beginning to end. Plus, it made me think. Here we have one answer (fantastical though it is) of where missing, perhaps unwanted children go. And right beside it we have the answer to what may very well happen to cranky adults full of hate for the world around. The story had a very nice symmetry. Plus there was some gallows humor involved. Ben and Bella aren’t your typical sweet children. They don’t have empathy for normal humans, or at least, adult humans. Bad things happen to some of these adults, yet the author doesn’t linger over the blood spilled or the horror and pain the victims probably feel. This is a story about the Riggle twins, and that includes their humor. I was quite charmed by them. Not charmed enough to invite them over for tea, but charmed none the less. The Narration: Commodore James did a very good job. He had some very interesting voices and odd human sounds to come up with. Plus he threw in a handful of sound effects. I really liked how he did Ben’s voice, as I could just imagine him having to physically lift the corners of his mouth up to get a touch of the required lisp. Also, on occasion, Sam has a multi-layered voice, just as described in the narrative. Very nicely done!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Two little children only emerge each Halloween. Two little, creepy children on a mission. And then the killings start. This was quite a disturbing little read, but one that I did in fact enjoy. The writing was very good and made it an easy read. The creepiness all but crept from the imaginary pages of my eReader. The twins had a mystery surrounding them that I would have liked to see fleshed out a bit better, but this didn't stop me from Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Two little children only emerge each Halloween. Two little, creepy children on a mission. And then the killings start. This was quite a disturbing little read, but one that I did in fact enjoy. The writing was very good and made it an easy read. The creepiness all but crept from the imaginary pages of my eReader. The twins had a mystery surrounding them that I would have liked to see fleshed out a bit better, but this didn't stop me from enjoying the story. It was however a bit too short perhaps.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donald Armfield

    Xane never lets his readers down his stories leaves you turning the pages to see what’s next. The audiobook for this small story is narrated to perfection, with sounds, voices and creepy factor of something right from the pages of Tales From the Crypt. Don’t forget the candy...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Norris

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia Cooper

  21. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  22. 4 out of 5

    Midgetbee

  23. 5 out of 5

    K

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandro Filipe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

  26. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda King

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  30. 5 out of 5

    Evans Light

  31. 5 out of 5

    Dana Fontaine

  32. 4 out of 5

    Adam Vanzant

  33. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  34. 5 out of 5

    Donnah Brown

  35. 4 out of 5

    Bookfan92

  36. 5 out of 5

    Nev Murray

  37. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Seaberg

  38. 4 out of 5

    Jolene

  39. 4 out of 5

    Shamella Tribble

  40. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

  41. 4 out of 5

    Domoni

  42. 5 out of 5

    Ryon

  43. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

  44. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

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