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AC CENT [n. ak-sent] - a mark indicating stress What would you do if you saw a hitchhiker on the side of the road on a rainy night? What if you saw headlights coming at you over a hill, but they then disappeared into nowhere? What if the Grim Reaper showed up at your door while you were sitting down to dinner with your family? What if you were an out of work actor and AC CENT [n. ak-sent] - a mark indicating stress What would you do if you saw a hitchhiker on the side of the road on a rainy night? What if you saw headlights coming at you over a hill, but they then disappeared into nowhere? What if the Grim Reaper showed up at your door while you were sitting down to dinner with your family? What if you were an out of work actor and the man who stole your job sat down beside you in a diner? All of these questions will be answered by the characters in Accents of Horror: Four Flavors of Death, by horror writer Chris Snider. BONUS: also included is a short story by #1 Bestselling Thriller Writer Ellen C. Maze (Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, The Judging)


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AC CENT [n. ak-sent] - a mark indicating stress What would you do if you saw a hitchhiker on the side of the road on a rainy night? What if you saw headlights coming at you over a hill, but they then disappeared into nowhere? What if the Grim Reaper showed up at your door while you were sitting down to dinner with your family? What if you were an out of work actor and AC CENT [n. ak-sent] - a mark indicating stress What would you do if you saw a hitchhiker on the side of the road on a rainy night? What if you saw headlights coming at you over a hill, but they then disappeared into nowhere? What if the Grim Reaper showed up at your door while you were sitting down to dinner with your family? What if you were an out of work actor and the man who stole your job sat down beside you in a diner? All of these questions will be answered by the characters in Accents of Horror: Four Flavors of Death, by horror writer Chris Snider. BONUS: also included is a short story by #1 Bestselling Thriller Writer Ellen C. Maze (Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, The Judging)

30 review for Accents of Horror: Four Flavors of Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debra (having surgery will be off for a few days)

    I never considered myself a short stories fan. I have always preferred novels; however, lately I have read a lot of good books containing short stories and this book was one of them. Accents of Horror is a collection of short stories: A Stranger in the Rain, Headlights, Dinner with Death by Chris Snider and The Comeback by Ellen Maze. My book also included a sneak peek at another work by Chris Snider titled The Preacher. Would you pick up a hitchhiker on a rainy dark night? What would you do if de I never considered myself a short stories fan. I have always preferred novels; however, lately I have read a lot of good books containing short stories and this book was one of them. Accents of Horror is a collection of short stories: A Stranger in the Rain, Headlights, Dinner with Death by Chris Snider and The Comeback by Ellen Maze. My book also included a sneak peek at another work by Chris Snider titled The Preacher. Would you pick up a hitchhiker on a rainy dark night? What would you do if death joined you for dinner? What if you saw headlights approaching you late and night and they disappeared? What if the man who took your job sat down beside you at a diner? The four stories evoke feelings of dread, are eerie, and suspenseful. My two favorites are A stranger in the Rain and Dinner with Death. This collection of short stories are well written and entertaining. They are of the horror genre but there is nothing too horrific in them. I think they will appeal to just about everyone. There is nothing graphic or gory in these stories. I liken them to a Twilight Zone episode. A very entertaining and fast read. I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sagan

    I received a copy of ACCENTS OF HORROR: FOUR FLAVORS OF DEATH in exchange for an honest review. * I don’t usually read short stories. The few of them that I've read were written by Stephen King. Even if I liked them, I couldn't say that they were my thing and for a long time I forgot about them. This book might have just sparked my passion for short stories in general and for the horror ones in particular. It’s a different thing when you have only 20-30 pages to create strong characters, a good pl I received a copy of ACCENTS OF HORROR: FOUR FLAVORS OF DEATH in exchange for an honest review. * I don’t usually read short stories. The few of them that I've read were written by Stephen King. Even if I liked them, I couldn't say that they were my thing and for a long time I forgot about them. This book might have just sparked my passion for short stories in general and for the horror ones in particular. It’s a different thing when you have only 20-30 pages to create strong characters, a good plot and enough tension for the story to be considered horror, interesting and worthy. I think I’ll get lost into a binge of short horror stories for weeks to come. * I kinda expected some huge plot twist at the end of every story and I was only half satisfied. Maybe this one was the biggest downside of the book. THE COMEBACK, the last story in the collection, was the best one by far, with such a disturbing (in a good way) ending. It reminded me by The Running Man by Stephen King, where everything is televised. HEADLIGHTS was also a beautiful and sad story. I can’t say that the element of horror was that present, but it was a beautiful story nonetheless. DINNER WITH DEATH actually made me admire the characters’ self-control. I also enjoyed A STRANGER IN THE RAIN, even though it was filled with gruesome and somehow useless details and had an unsatisfying ending. * All in all, it was a good and enjoyable read. It wasn’t mind-blowing, it definitely wasn’t scary as in scary-scary, but it was enjoyable and it made me wanna read more like it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All four short stories involved death and were well written! I enjoyed the storytelling that Chris Snider brought into this book. The first story in the book, A Stranger in the Rain involves a man tormented by his dreams and picking up a hitchhiker late one night. Who’s this hitchhiker and will Danny Miller ever get some sleep?! For me, I think this story was a favorite of the four. The second story was called Headligh I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All four short stories involved death and were well written! I enjoyed the storytelling that Chris Snider brought into this book. The first story in the book, A Stranger in the Rain involves a man tormented by his dreams and picking up a hitchhiker late one night. Who’s this hitchhiker and will Danny Miller ever get some sleep?! For me, I think this story was a favorite of the four. The second story was called Headlights and Randy McClure witnesses a terrible car accident while driving one night. Will this Army vet be able to help out? I also enjoyed this story! The third story in the book, Dinner with Death welcomes an unwanted visitor for dinner and what transpires that night. I also liked this one as well. And the last story of the book, The Comeback involves a washed up Hollywood star dealing with jealousy and trying to find a new acting gig. I think this story was my least favorite of the four but the storytelling was still well done.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Great Short Stories I really enjoyed the stories in this book. My favorites were "Stranger in the Rain" and "Headlights". They were not real creepy but they were very entertaining. Four stars for this one. Great Short Stories I really enjoyed the stories in this book. My favorites were "Stranger in the Rain" and "Headlights". They were not real creepy but they were very entertaining. Four stars for this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Before reading the first page, I loved the cover! The four flavors of death were as different as, well, four different flavors. The creepiness factor was what melted them together in a tight, fast paced read. All the stories were unique and held a moral lesson of sorts. Headlight, in particular, made me contemplate a little. It wasn't something I was expecting with the horror genre and the last one made me chuckle(a sinister chuckle, of course) at the end. Before reading the first page, I loved the cover! The four flavors of death were as different as, well, four different flavors. The creepiness factor was what melted them together in a tight, fast paced read. All the stories were unique and held a moral lesson of sorts. Headlight, in particular, made me contemplate a little. It wasn't something I was expecting with the horror genre and the last one made me chuckle(a sinister chuckle, of course) at the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Nothing like some good shorties to help cure a reading slump! The saying 'Good things come in small packages' comes to mind here. 4 stories coming in at 70 pages...and boy do these pages pack a punch. First I have to applaud the title. 'Four Flavors of Death' is the perfect teaser of what is ahead for the reader. Second, there is something for everyone here: horror, paranormal, creepiness, even a touch of humor on the side. I love a quick tale that is more interested in making the reader think than Nothing like some good shorties to help cure a reading slump! The saying 'Good things come in small packages' comes to mind here. 4 stories coming in at 70 pages...and boy do these pages pack a punch. First I have to applaud the title. 'Four Flavors of Death' is the perfect teaser of what is ahead for the reader. Second, there is something for everyone here: horror, paranormal, creepiness, even a touch of humor on the side. I love a quick tale that is more interested in making the reader think than just trying to shock them. 'Stranger in the Rain' is the perfect example of this and probably my favorite, with 'Dinner with Death' a close 2nd. My thanks to the author for reaching out and offering me a digital copy to read for review. The opinions expressed here are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    The book consisted of 4 short stories. Each one dealt with death in a slightly different way. I thought they were all great and had a message or moral. My favorite was Headlights which was sad and eerie. I loved how A Stranger in the Rain ended. This was a quick, fast paced read that I would recommend to anyone who likes short stories. It was definitely worth a read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3.5 rounded stars I'm a short story fan - I love well-written short stories - it is an art. The ability to write full characterization and a developed story in a short format is a talent most authors do not have. Most novellas today are a part or add-on to another story or epilogue or introduction to another series. I picked up this anthology as a freebie. I love eerie paranormal or horror short stories, so I thought I'd give it a try. I read each story (4) and liked each one. Some had a Twilight 3.5 rounded stars I'm a short story fan - I love well-written short stories - it is an art. The ability to write full characterization and a developed story in a short format is a talent most authors do not have. Most novellas today are a part or add-on to another story or epilogue or introduction to another series. I picked up this anthology as a freebie. I love eerie paranormal or horror short stories, so I thought I'd give it a try. I read each story (4) and liked each one. Some had a Twilight Zone -ish or a Stephen King quality to them. Good effort by Chris Snider.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I enjoyed reading these four short "death" stories. My favorites were The Comeback by Ellen Maze and A Stranger in the Rain by Chris Snider. I love a good twist and while all of the stories delivered one, these two in particular packed a punch with that twist. I look forward to reading more by these two authors. I enjoyed reading these four short "death" stories. My favorites were The Comeback by Ellen Maze and A Stranger in the Rain by Chris Snider. I love a good twist and while all of the stories delivered one, these two in particular packed a punch with that twist. I look forward to reading more by these two authors.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    What goes on in the mind of an author? Can one sentence turn into an entire tale? Chris Snider asks and answers his own questions in his short story collection of horror and darkness, Accents of Horror: Four Flavors of Death sounds like a trip to an ice cream shop, if that shop sold horrific flavors. A man running from his nightmares picks up a lone hitchhiker on a dark and stormy night…will he learn that no good deed goes unpunished or will he find forgiveness from a stranger? Do spirits linger i What goes on in the mind of an author? Can one sentence turn into an entire tale? Chris Snider asks and answers his own questions in his short story collection of horror and darkness, Accents of Horror: Four Flavors of Death sounds like a trip to an ice cream shop, if that shop sold horrific flavors. A man running from his nightmares picks up a lone hitchhiker on a dark and stormy night…will he learn that no good deed goes unpunished or will he find forgiveness from a stranger? Do spirits linger in a plane of existence until they take care of earthly business? Do they rely on chosen humans to reveal themselves in hopes of being understood? What if that special person never came along? When the Grim Reaper shows up at the home of a hard working family and refuses to speak, one frustrated and frightened man invites him to dinner as he waits to see who will be the Reaper’s next victim. Who knew the Grim Reaper even ate? Would this act of desperate kindness save his family? In the plastic world of acting, fame is fleeting, on top one day and tossed aside for the great thing, one actor is offered a chance to share the limelight with his nemesis. Will he create an action film that puts him back into the limelight? Four short stories, all revolving around the unusual, the eerie and death, quick chunks of horrific tales that beg to be read, in full daylight. Chris Snider know how to weave a tale that feels like watching the Twilight Zone in well-chosen words! And yes, the book is better! I received this copy from Chris Snider in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: 10/23/2014 Publisher: Chris Snider Genre: Horror Short Stories Number of pages: 70 Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Martha b

    I received this to read for a honest review. I enjoyed the stories. Headlights was my favorite, I don’t read many short stories so this was a good departure for me. All these stories were thought out, but were not very creepy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Great stories Loved these short stories! Been reading before bed! They are well written and he is a good storyteller. Couldn't believe they were already over when I got to the end of each, as I was thoroughly into the stories. Much more light horror than I am used to, so delightful as a change. I'm going to pick up another book by him for sure ;) Great stories Loved these short stories! Been reading before bed! They are well written and he is a good storyteller. Couldn't believe they were already over when I got to the end of each, as I was thoroughly into the stories. Much more light horror than I am used to, so delightful as a change. I'm going to pick up another book by him for sure ;)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I never used to read a lot of short stories. Now, it seems like I can’t get enough. It’s a great way to get samples of an author’s writing and they’re handy for when you have some time to ‘kill.’ There are four stories in this collection. Three by Chris Snider and one by Ellen C. Maze. First up is A Stranger In The Rain The title sets the stage. I can already see Danny, driving down in a downpour late at night on an isolated road. Danny dealt with his divorce by drowning in a bottle. After losing hi I never used to read a lot of short stories. Now, it seems like I can’t get enough. It’s a great way to get samples of an author’s writing and they’re handy for when you have some time to ‘kill.’ There are four stories in this collection. Three by Chris Snider and one by Ellen C. Maze. First up is A Stranger In The Rain The title sets the stage. I can already see Danny, driving down in a downpour late at night on an isolated road. Danny dealt with his divorce by drowning in a bottle. After losing his job, he takes a long look in the mirror and gives up the booze. Packing up, he heads off to start over. Perhaps a fresh start will help with the nightmares. He‘s been having them for months and now he doesn’t want to sleep. They’re always the same. A faceless man staring at him, pointing an accusing finger. Spotting a man hitchhiking in the downpour, he offers him a ride. Perhaps the stranger will keep him awake. This was creepy and full of atmosphere. I did see the end coming, but liked how I got there. Next up is Headlights. It’s late at night and the fog is thick as molasses. Randy drives through the sick soup, getting a late start on his road trip. Over the hill he sees headlights appear. Strange when the car never appears. He crests the hill and pulls over, wondering where it went. The girl appears out of nowhere. This one felt very familiar. I’ve read something similar and watched an episode on TV like it too. I still enjoyed the story and liked how the author put his spin on it. Third up is Dinner With Death. It’s 1881. Richard makes his living hunting and he’s had a very good day. Can’t wait to rush home and tell his wife. Dinner is cooking when he arrives, the aromas teasing his stomach. His wife asks him to check the pantry. She heard something moving around in there and worries about varmints. Before Richard has a chance to check, he’s interrupted by his daughter’s screams and turns to see her pointing out the window. Darkness has descended and a thick fog has appeared. Something is out there. Death has come calling. Perhaps he should invite it in? At first, I thought I knew where this was going, Then, the author set me straight. A creepy surprise. And the fourth story, written by Ellen C. Maze, The Comeback Phil Meddle settles into his seat at the Greasy Spoon, a diner located off Interstate 101 in California. He’s angry. He just got turned down for a part in a movie and he’s still simmering over his ending role in a show he helped make huge. It’s all Sterling’s fault. The young actor came out of nowhere, landed a role on the show, and now Phil is out in the cold. Who should walk in and sit down beside him? Yep, that no good Sterling. And he wants Phil to be on his new show. If Phil hadn’t been listening to his own jealous thoughts and wallowing in self pity, if he’d been paying closer attention, perhaps his last starring role wouldn’t have went so horribly wrong. This is one where you want to slap the character. I missed a clue or two, but soon had an idea what was happening. Good thing Phil had his head stuck in the sand or we wouldn’t have this wicked ending. I enjoyed all four stories, with Dinner With Death being my favorite. Something about the era and the strong characters grabbed me. That and the wicked twist. Looking for some scary good reads? I’d recommend this collection for a dark and stormy night.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emm C²

    "Who else knows you better than yourself? You know all of your secrets." Accents of Horror is a four-act theatre of dark deeds, revenge and restless phantoms. It's a load of creepy, classic urban-legend fueled fun. I like that it can be cut into different varieties of horror, from a ghost story to occult horror to a very real horror that comes completely from human beings, nothing paranormal involved. These are all very brief stories, so it's difficult to go in-depth about them without outright sp "Who else knows you better than yourself? You know all of your secrets." Accents of Horror is a four-act theatre of dark deeds, revenge and restless phantoms. It's a load of creepy, classic urban-legend fueled fun. I like that it can be cut into different varieties of horror, from a ghost story to occult horror to a very real horror that comes completely from human beings, nothing paranormal involved. These are all very brief stories, so it's difficult to go in-depth about them without outright spoiling the plots, but here is a quick rundown of my thoughts on each. I recommend this collection if you're looking for something short, sweet and with a conservative but lasting dose of disturbing imagery. "A Stranger in the Rain" - ★★★★ This I believe was my favourite, along with "The Comeback". "A Stranger in the Rain" is a story of sin and retribution in the classic way. Twisty, sinister and laced with devilish hallucinations. "Headlights" - ★★★★ A rather sweet take on the vanishing hitchhiker myth. It isn't incredibly scary, but is creative in its retelling and a pleasant read otherwise. It is more heart-warming than anything. "Dinner With Death" - ★★★ This was the darkest story atmospherically, but somehow didn't stand out to me as strongly as the others. "The Comeback" by Ellen C. Maze - ★★★★ The twist in this short is like a gut-punch. I loved everything about this story, which follows a has-been actor and his rivalry with an up-and-coming actor that he feels has stolen his role in the spotlight. The bitterness of losing fame and jealousy react to a terrible and violent end. +--More books and reviews here on my blog.--+

  15. 4 out of 5

    Edna María

    Taken from Pages in the Attic blog: A Stranger in the Rain I enjoyed reading this tale and watching how the writer intertwines two stories in one: The first being Danny Miller's real life and his desire to put his life together again; and the second one is the turmoil of fears in his dreams that become dire terror every time he's chased by a horrendous creature. Headlights Even though the book was published in 2013 I've heard this pretty much same story long before that. This version is of great in Taken from Pages in the Attic blog: A Stranger in the Rain I enjoyed reading this tale and watching how the writer intertwines two stories in one: The first being Danny Miller's real life and his desire to put his life together again; and the second one is the turmoil of fears in his dreams that become dire terror every time he's chased by a horrendous creature. Headlights Even though the book was published in 2013 I've heard this pretty much same story long before that. This version is of great interest because, in spite of the fact that you already know what to expect you'll discover new elements absent in the original version which makes the reading more enjoyable. Dinner with Death I did not quite enjoy this story as much as the previous ones, and that was because it seemed to me that the argument attempted to bring some kind humorousness into the scene. Indeed, I'm not fond of horror and comedy combination, in my view there is no way to reconceal these two genres. The Comeback Plot is entertaining and ending is even better, you would never guess. You would assume Phill will take a great revenge and he would be back in the show playing his role but...., rather you will encounter an unexpected and wonderful twist that changes your perspectives making the story even darker.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori Garside

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed these four short stories! They're spooky and fun and very well written. This book is suitable for readers of all ages. It's not too graphic or too gory - I'd give it the movie rating PG13. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed these four short stories! They're spooky and fun and very well written. This book is suitable for readers of all ages. It's not too graphic or too gory - I'd give it the movie rating PG13.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristin The magical me

    I’ve been meaning to read more short stories, so when Chris Snider asked me to review his book, I figured it was fate, or something. I’m not the best writer of reviews, so he might have gotten a bum deal :D This is a collection of four short stories featuring things that go bump in the night. What struck me while reading this book, was that this would have been right up my alley when I was a (bigger) kid and me and my friends would hide in our basement and scare each other to death with horror s I’ve been meaning to read more short stories, so when Chris Snider asked me to review his book, I figured it was fate, or something. I’m not the best writer of reviews, so he might have gotten a bum deal :D This is a collection of four short stories featuring things that go bump in the night. What struck me while reading this book, was that this would have been right up my alley when I was a (bigger) kid and me and my friends would hide in our basement and scare each other to death with horror stories. Not that this is a children’s book, but I do think younger people might really love it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Nichols

    Very good anthology. I am still reading the fourth story, but the first three were by Chris Snider so I will review those. The first story is by a man who is haunted by nightmares of a faceless man accusing him of murder after his recent divorce. On a road trip he meets a mysterious hitchhiker who seems to understand his nightmarish secret.... In the second story a veteran sees mysterious headlights when no car comes over the crest of the road. What does that strange teenage girl have to do with i Very good anthology. I am still reading the fourth story, but the first three were by Chris Snider so I will review those. The first story is by a man who is haunted by nightmares of a faceless man accusing him of murder after his recent divorce. On a road trip he meets a mysterious hitchhiker who seems to understand his nightmarish secret.... In the second story a veteran sees mysterious headlights when no car comes over the crest of the road. What does that strange teenage girl have to do with it? "Dinner with Death" relates a 19th century family's encounter with the grim reaper. What is his purpose with them?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Mathis

    Although I wrote a short review on Amazon. I should write one here too. I referred to the tv show Night Gallery, because that is what these stories reminded me of for some reason. A bit of horror, paranormal, some gore mixed in add a twist of guilt and you have the first story. In the second story it's all about what you say or don't say that matters. Then we have dinner with Death. What can I say about that, hmm. And the last story, all I can say is anger issues. Thank you Chris. I may not be a Although I wrote a short review on Amazon. I should write one here too. I referred to the tv show Night Gallery, because that is what these stories reminded me of for some reason. A bit of horror, paranormal, some gore mixed in add a twist of guilt and you have the first story. In the second story it's all about what you say or don't say that matters. Then we have dinner with Death. What can I say about that, hmm. And the last story, all I can say is anger issues. Thank you Chris. I may not be a good book reviewer/writer, but I received much joy from reading your book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Usher

    While I was reading this, I continuously thought of who the best audience for this would be, and at the end of the first tale, I realized it would be good for youngish people at a camp campfire. With the right voice and the right mood, these stories could creep you out a bit. A few typos got in the way of my enjoyment, but I particularly like the Death tale. It reminded me of Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death." While I was reading this, I continuously thought of who the best audience for this would be, and at the end of the first tale, I realized it would be good for youngish people at a camp campfire. With the right voice and the right mood, these stories could creep you out a bit. A few typos got in the way of my enjoyment, but I particularly like the Death tale. It reminded me of Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jaclin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The author was kind enough to gift me this book so that I could read and review it. Horror is one of my favorite genres so I was very excited to get my hands on it. This is a collection of short stories so I have decided to review each story in turn. A Stranger in the Rain - When this story first started out I’ll admit that I was a little bit worried that I had agreed to review a book that I might have to give a low score. However, the story quickly breaks and you are thrown into the middle of a The author was kind enough to gift me this book so that I could read and review it. Horror is one of my favorite genres so I was very excited to get my hands on it. This is a collection of short stories so I have decided to review each story in turn. A Stranger in the Rain - When this story first started out I’ll admit that I was a little bit worried that I had agreed to review a book that I might have to give a low score. However, the story quickly breaks and you are thrown into the middle of a confusing car ride between two strangers that keeps getting weirder and weirder. I love trying to figure out the endings in stories like these before they’re revealed but I’ll admit that I didn’t guess what was coming until right before it unfolded. This story reminded me of urban legends we all grew up with and I was very much entertained. Headlights - Love ghost stories? This one is for you. Although ghost stories aren’t really my favorite aspect of horror I did enjoy the ride. I feel like this story was easier to figure out than the one previous but even though I knew (basically) what was coming it was still enjoyable. Also, this is the one story in the book I would consider both horror and heartwarming. A very endearing tale. Dinner with Death - Set in 1881 this tale is a short story about a loving family who sits down to dinner with death himself. I loved the absurdity of this story as well as, once again, the urban legend feel. Having made it to the third story in the book I had a much better feel for the authors writing style and story telling. Again, the ending to this one eluded me until the author wanted me to know what was going on. Well done! The Comeback (by: Ellen C. Maze) - Obviously this story is told by a different author. Right from the gate you’re introduced to a cynical, has-been, egotistical actor. Combining America’s obsession with reality TV and fame I found it to be funny and entertaining. I did figure out the ending to this one but I felt like I was supposed to because it really helped to highlight and drive home the main characters self absorption and selfishness. When the audience figures out what went wrong before the main character does it’s usually because the main character is to focused on themselves to see the whole picture. Overall I did enjoy this collection of short stories and it is a quick, easy read. It took me about 2 hours to finish and that was while I was at work where I couldn’t sit down and read continuously. I did sometimes feel like the writing and/or dialogue could have been better but it did not take away from the story the author wanted to be told. 4/5 stars!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda B

    When the author reached out to me to ask if I wanted a copy of his book in exchange for writing up a review, I thought it was the perfect time at the end of the year to do just that. Reading is something that has become a passion of mine from the age of 5 and I’m no stranger to short stories. In fact, I prefer them in between longer novels. This compilation of 4 short stories was the right length (79 pages) and the content was surprisingly good which ended up being a great distraction from all th When the author reached out to me to ask if I wanted a copy of his book in exchange for writing up a review, I thought it was the perfect time at the end of the year to do just that. Reading is something that has become a passion of mine from the age of 5 and I’m no stranger to short stories. In fact, I prefer them in between longer novels. This compilation of 4 short stories was the right length (79 pages) and the content was surprisingly good which ended up being a great distraction from all the holiday stuff going on. Of the four stories, A Stranger in the Rain was the one I liked the most partly because there is something familiar about this tale but it has some nice twists to it that give it that modern urban legend feel. There is a definite creep factor to this but the other stories such as Headlights and Dinner with Death kick it up a notch in that department. The Comeback was good but if you asked me to rank these stories from 1 to 4, this would come in at the bottom. Not that it was a bad story, just the other three had more supernatural elements that made the story more interesting. All these pieces are worth reading and I highly recommend this collection of stories to anyone that likes horror or legends. Rating is a solid 4 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    A~

    Full Disclosure I was given a copy to review by the author. I went into this expecting some what of an amateurish vibe. And at first I noticed maybe 1 or 2 typos and was ready for bad. Instead I got a book with four great short stories. Three of them I would not be surprised to read in a professionally edited anthology. The fourth was just as good quality wise but was too close to (spoiler) the usual ghost hitchhiker urban legend, in my opinion. However he did put a good spin on the story I hadn Full Disclosure I was given a copy to review by the author. I went into this expecting some what of an amateurish vibe. And at first I noticed maybe 1 or 2 typos and was ready for bad. Instead I got a book with four great short stories. Three of them I would not be surprised to read in a professionally edited anthology. The fourth was just as good quality wise but was too close to (spoiler) the usual ghost hitchhiker urban legend, in my opinion. However he did put a good spin on the story I hadn't anticipated. The last story "The Comeback" was especially strong with a Hitchcockian feel.

  24. 4 out of 5

    April Teesdale

    Interesting and Very well written great for YA I gave this book 3 stars because even though the stories were predictable it was very well written. I think this book would be a great gift for a young person or their school book club. Also the “language” is PG. There are 4 short stories In this book and although I don’t usually read short stories these stories were adequate for the waiting room at my doctor’s office. They were all spooky but the last one seemed to be a bit more on the lighter side.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Teller

    Accents of Horror is an easy read for those who want to sink into a creepy atmosphere. The four tales included here have a variety of settings and plotlines, and feel like classic ghost stories one might tell around a campfire at night. They are suitable for Young Adult readers. A few repetitive sections pulled me out of the story at times. There are not many shocking twists, but if you're looking for a few scary stories to set an eerie mood, Accents of Horror will deliver. Accents of Horror is an easy read for those who want to sink into a creepy atmosphere. The four tales included here have a variety of settings and plotlines, and feel like classic ghost stories one might tell around a campfire at night. They are suitable for Young Adult readers. A few repetitive sections pulled me out of the story at times. There are not many shocking twists, but if you're looking for a few scary stories to set an eerie mood, Accents of Horror will deliver.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I really enjoyed reading this book! Each of the four stories was like an episode of a show like The Twilight Zone. Each one was really creepy, and the creepiness came right at you, No Holds Barred. I love that in a short story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from this author. A Solid 4 stars! I really enjoyed reading this book! Each of the four stories was like an episode of a show like The Twilight Zone. Each one was really creepy, and the creepiness came right at you, No Holds Barred. I love that in a short story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from this author. A Solid 4 stars!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    A solid 3 star read for me. There are a few typos that stuck out. I felt like these would be great stories geared toward the YA audience. All the stories are spooky but not scary if that makes sense? All in all a quick, enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    Four short, fast-paced stories that are very interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    Don’t read alone! If you like old fashioned horror stories. This is not for you! But, if you love horror with a twist get this book! Every ending is unpredictable. I love it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Senteney

    Enjoyed the 4 stories, and the preview of Preacher. 1 Stranger In The Rain, was good but not my favorite 3.5/5 stars 2 Headlights touching , very sad, heard this story many times before 4/5 stars 3 Dinner With Death was so cool, the ending a shocker, 5/5 stars 4 The Comeback, about a washed up actor who is being offered a second chance, and blows it big time , this story was written by Ellen C Maze, it was very good. 4/5 stars

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