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Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. Psychological, speculative and truly thrilling, SINISTER SENTIMENTS brings together the best horror and thriller works of K.C. Finn, contributor to the bestselling horror collection ‘Dark Light Four’. This edition contains stories from the realms of steampunk, post-apocalyptic, historical and contemporary horror, plus two Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. Psychological, speculative and truly thrilling, SINISTER SENTIMENTS brings together the best horror and thriller works of K.C. Finn, contributor to the bestselling horror collection ‘Dark Light Four’. This edition contains stories from the realms of steampunk, post-apocalyptic, historical and contemporary horror, plus two exclusive sneak previews of full-length works due for release in 2015. Whilst there is no explicit content, this volume does contain gore and disturbing situations which may not be suitable for readers under the age of 14. Parental discretion is advised. Contemporary Horror: The Maybe Man Being Frank The Demon’s In The Details The Damned Bus Historical Horror: The Ghost Of A Melody The Glassman’s Promise The S Word Steampunk Horror: Weather Vain Galileo’s Mistake The Bleeding Of The Thief Post-Apocalyptic Horror: Delilah’s Birth The Day The World Ended


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Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. Psychological, speculative and truly thrilling, SINISTER SENTIMENTS brings together the best horror and thriller works of K.C. Finn, contributor to the bestselling horror collection ‘Dark Light Four’. This edition contains stories from the realms of steampunk, post-apocalyptic, historical and contemporary horror, plus two Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. Psychological, speculative and truly thrilling, SINISTER SENTIMENTS brings together the best horror and thriller works of K.C. Finn, contributor to the bestselling horror collection ‘Dark Light Four’. This edition contains stories from the realms of steampunk, post-apocalyptic, historical and contemporary horror, plus two exclusive sneak previews of full-length works due for release in 2015. Whilst there is no explicit content, this volume does contain gore and disturbing situations which may not be suitable for readers under the age of 14. Parental discretion is advised. Contemporary Horror: The Maybe Man Being Frank The Demon’s In The Details The Damned Bus Historical Horror: The Ghost Of A Melody The Glassman’s Promise The S Word Steampunk Horror: Weather Vain Galileo’s Mistake The Bleeding Of The Thief Post-Apocalyptic Horror: Delilah’s Birth The Day The World Ended

30 review for Sinister Sentiments: A Horror Story Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Previously, I had listened to a short story by this narrator (it had been a bonus) when I asked to listen to this batch of short stories. I wasn’t a fan of the short story (both the narration and storyline), but I had hope that this time around would be different. I love horror so… Somewhere near the end, I learned that the author had been awarded because of her horror stories. On that note, stuff like this always confuses me. Maybe I’ve seen, read, heard too much horror/scary-related stuff in m Previously, I had listened to a short story by this narrator (it had been a bonus) when I asked to listen to this batch of short stories. I wasn’t a fan of the short story (both the narration and storyline), but I had hope that this time around would be different. I love horror so… Somewhere near the end, I learned that the author had been awarded because of her horror stories. On that note, stuff like this always confuses me. Maybe I’ve seen, read, heard too much horror/scary-related stuff in my time, but I wouldn’t have described any of these stories as being scary. It makes me think of when a new “horror” movie comes out. Depending on the movie, there will be people who say it was great, scary-wise. I see it and leave feeling it was more in the “meh” department, nothing scary about it. I don’t know. Anyway, it was strange because I felt the narrator did a pretty decent job with the character voices (mostly). It was the narration part, telling the story, that had me wanting to pull my hair out. It wasn’t until the very end when he went over the author’s bio that you finally get to hear his natural voice, and to me, it’s unique. Strangely, and I think this was my biggest problem was the fact he never seemed to use his natural voice. It was all accents. Just okay accents. I get these are supposed to be scary stories and the narrator (if they’re good) can add that scariness, uncertainty, shock, etc. into their voice and how they tell the story to make it better. I wasn’t feeling it with this narrator at all. He sounded like he was trying (too hard) to sound or come across as scary, and it wasn’t working, in my opinion. He sounded cheesy. Besides the “scary” aspect, there were a lot of times when he’d…speak…very…slowly…with…too-long-of…pauses…between…words. When he did accents for characters, I swear, certain times, it sounded like he was combining accents as it wasn’t clear what number one accent he was going for. There were also times when he’d put emphasis on certain words (or dragged them out), certain words that were unimportant, words that left me with no clue as to why he was emphasizing them. Books: “The Maybe Man” 3/5 So, the Maybe Man was in the rain wearing a suit that was probably worth hundreds and yet he was allowing it to get soaked “like a wet suit.” I’m pretty sure that was one of the worst analogies I’ve ever heard. “Being Frank” 3/5 I liked the idea behind this story, that of olden-day monsters living in the present-day world. “The Demon’s in the Details” 3/5 I had to listen to this story a second time as it went right passed me and suddenly it was finished. I was then left wondering what I had even listened to. Strangely, the narrator sounded the most…normal with this story. The story itself was all right. I could see this one being interesting had it been longer. “The Damned Bus” 2/5 This was a strange one regarding the narrator. He sounded like a brand new actor up on stage trying out for a role in a play. Something relating to being Humphrey Bogart came to mind.” Did anyone else think that? Either way, whatever he was going for, his voice was too distracting. I was more focused on his voice and trying to figure out what he was doing than I was the story. Relistening to it, again, the story was okay. I just couldn’t figure out why the creature/demon was making multiples of the main character…all to ride on the bus. “Follow Heart” (that’s what it sounded like). Why in the world would an author put a preview of a different book in the middle of a batch of short stories? Who thought that was a good idea? No wonder I was left confused by that one. I’d somehow missed the “preview” part the first time around. “The Ghost of a Melody” 2/5 This story was okay. “The Glassman’s Promise” 5/5 I found this one to be the most interesting of the stories. “The S Word” This story was listed under Goodreads, but it wasn’t actually in the audiobook. “Weather Vain” 5/5 This was a nice twist to “Beauty and the Beast” and another really interesting story. “Galileo’s Mistake” 3/5 Here was another version of “Frankenstein.” This was an okay story. It was strange though that the narrator changed his voice (accent, no accent) on and off toward the end of the story (after the dog died). “The Bleeding of the Thief” 3/5 I couldn’t figure out why the genie would have had the old man, and later the main character, translating texts for him. “Delilah’s Birth” 5/5 Let me take what I said earlier back, I liked this one the most. It was unique, interesting, entertaining, and I wish it would have been longer. “The Day the World Ended” Again, here was another Chapter One preview. Unlike the first preview, putting it at the end of the book is the best placement, in my opinion. Otherwise, it takes you out of the grove of the rest of the stories, given the preview isn’t a complete story. I received a free audiobook copy from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brook

    I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review. This is billed as a "horror" collection, and has a title of "Sinister", so one would think it would be scary, unnerving or at least uncomfortable to endure. However, it completely fails to provide any kind of unease. It is bland and run of the mill with ideas of which could be seen to perhaps be a little scary, if they were developed. However as short stories they are so undeveloped a I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review. This is billed as a "horror" collection, and has a title of "Sinister", so one would think it would be scary, unnerving or at least uncomfortable to endure. However, it completely fails to provide any kind of unease. It is bland and run of the mill with ideas of which could be seen to perhaps be a little scary, if they were developed. However as short stories they are so undeveloped as unable to evoke any kind of emotion. A short horror story is difficult. A real sense of dread and danger need to be created, very quickly, and more importantly a character we can connect with has to be established at the same time. Like the first scene of a horror movie, some one gets killed, which sets the tone for the movie, but as we don't know them it's fine (maybe even a little funny) as we don't know them and have no reason to care. This collection not only has no characters worth caring about, but the situations could only really be deemed scary if they were fully developed, in order to actually evoke an emotional response. The voice narration by Paul Burt is absolutely terrible. Sound quality is very good, which is worth mentioning as sound quality and narration quality often go hand in hand (though not here). The narrator starts by trying to do some sort of evil spider voice or maybe a bad snake impression at the beginning, and it doesn't get much better from there. Most voices are out of place in the characters and pov's he's describing and he attempts accents which don't make their mark, and slip constantly. What we are left with in the end is forgettable characters, in vaguely unpleasant situations, narrated by someone doing unconvincing voices. Definitely give this collection a miss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. There are several really enjoyable creepy stories in this one! Very nice variety included. I enjoyed the length of the stories. Enough to give you a bit of a thrill, and leaving you mostly to your own conclusions. I enjoyed the narration on this one a great deal. The voice was perfectly suited for stories of macabre. I'm interested in hearing more from the next book sampled at the ending. Over all very I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. There are several really enjoyable creepy stories in this one! Very nice variety included. I enjoyed the length of the stories. Enough to give you a bit of a thrill, and leaving you mostly to your own conclusions. I enjoyed the narration on this one a great deal. The voice was perfectly suited for stories of macabre. I'm interested in hearing more from the next book sampled at the ending. Over all very enjoyable! 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Krantz

    Anthologies are always fun. With so many stories, we get to see a variety of writing styles from the same author. I liked some of the stories in this book more than others, but none of them were bad. A few were on the odd end of the spectrum, but all in all, I thought they were each interesting in their own way. The narrator was almost theatric in his performance, changing up voice between characters and stories. Definitely made for an interesting listen. This book was given to me for free at my Anthologies are always fun. With so many stories, we get to see a variety of writing styles from the same author. I liked some of the stories in this book more than others, but none of them were bad. A few were on the odd end of the spectrum, but all in all, I thought they were each interesting in their own way. The narrator was almost theatric in his performance, changing up voice between characters and stories. Definitely made for an interesting listen. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    timj26

    Fans of cozy horror will love this My top picks are Being frank Frankenstein is looking for work The damned bus some things are to good to be true The bleeding of the thief a rescued slave finds himself in a slightly better situation Delilahs birth a soldier is rebuilt Excellent narration from Paul Burt he really brings the stories to life I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. I read this collection of stories as part of my #yearofindiewomen. This collection rocked my world. “Sinister” is the perfect way to describe these stories. This collection includes the following stories: The Maybe Man This story can be described as a twist on the quintessential Faustian tale, but Finn does a fantastic job with it. It’s unique and compelling and twisted to the core. Being Fran Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. Ten sinister tales to delight the darkest of minds. I read this collection of stories as part of my #yearofindiewomen. This collection rocked my world. “Sinister” is the perfect way to describe these stories. This collection includes the following stories: The Maybe Man This story can be described as a twist on the quintessential Faustian tale, but Finn does a fantastic job with it. It’s unique and compelling and twisted to the core. Being Frank I loved this story. It made me laugh out loud. Frankenstein vs. Dracula. That’s all I have to say. The Demon’s In The Details In this story, Ezra inherits her father’s fortune as well as his demon. Talk about a catch 22. The Damned Bus In this story, you think you’ve finally escaped the drudgery of your life when a headhunter gives you a new opportunity, but you discover it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. This story is truly demented. The Ghost Of A Melody A man dances with the ghost of a slave-girl turned countess who drowned in a bayou and is charmed by her. This story beautifully sad and creepy. The Glassman’s Promise This story is among my favorite in the collection. It tells the story of a slave who is abused by her master and longs to return to Africa. She meets a djinn who resides in her mirror and tells her he can give her what she wishes if she murders her master. But it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. The S Word This story is a chapter from an upcoming novel (which I will probably read!) about a young woman at a formal dance in the 1800s. She has a massive fashion faux pas. Weather Vain This, too, was among my favorite stories in the collection. Finn has an original mind and tells truly unique stories, and this is a perfect example. This story is about a man who lives in a world where the weather is controlled by a single man and his factory. The protagonist works there, in a middle management-type position, and he suddenly gets a promotion, but he finds out it’s full of terrible surprises. Galileo’s Mistake This story is told from the perspective of a dog. Normally, I don’t like it when the dog dies in a story, but in this one, it’s okay, and I think you’ll understand why. The Bleeding Of The Thief This story sold the collection for me, honestly. I would have bought the whole collection for it alone. It blew my mind, but there was something familiar about it. I loved it. Maybelline rescues a thief from a Moor to save her husband from a genie’s prison in this story. Delilah’s Birth Delilah is a soldier who’s blown apart on the battlefield but put back together to be a bionic warrior. The government wants to use her, but she has other plans. This was a pretty kickass story. Literally. The Day The World Ended This story was another first chapter of a novel, and I enjoyed it so much I immediately went out and downloaded the book (of the same name). I can’t wait to read it. It’s about some sort of apocalypse in which creatures called “skins” have begun overrunning the world. The first chapter alone creeped me the hell out! There wasn’t a single story in this collection that disappointed me, and that’s pretty dang rare. K.C. Finn knows what she’s doing, and she’s doing it well. I’m so glad I stumbled upon her on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re into horror, definitely give her a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This collection of horror stories was a great collection. It had stories for everyone and I could not put it down. The audio was done FABULOUSLY!! And I am one of those people that well I kind of don't really care for audio titles. This one though hit it out of the park. I could see this being played at a sleep over or something where the listeners are like curled up with the lights off. The length of each story felt good and they all felt like full stories. The narrator was a great pick for thi This collection of horror stories was a great collection. It had stories for everyone and I could not put it down. The audio was done FABULOUSLY!! And I am one of those people that well I kind of don't really care for audio titles. This one though hit it out of the park. I could see this being played at a sleep over or something where the listeners are like curled up with the lights off. The length of each story felt good and they all felt like full stories. The narrator was a great pick for this collection of stories and I don't think it could have been any better. My favs were: Being Frank, The Ghost of a Melody, The Bleeding of a Thief, The Day the World Ended. Go Into This One Knowing: CREEPY!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    This is my first K.C. Finn book and it definitely won't be the last one. Her writing style is so vivid, and even with short stories she is able to draw you right in. The stories all had an Outer Limits kind of vibe to them, you knew they were going to turn dark - but you weren't sure when or how it would happen. I found myself thinking about more than a couple of them days later. There are two chapter previews of upcoming novels that I can't wait to get my hands on.. particularly The Day the Wor This is my first K.C. Finn book and it definitely won't be the last one. Her writing style is so vivid, and even with short stories she is able to draw you right in. The stories all had an Outer Limits kind of vibe to them, you knew they were going to turn dark - but you weren't sure when or how it would happen. I found myself thinking about more than a couple of them days later. There are two chapter previews of upcoming novels that I can't wait to get my hands on.. particularly The Day the World Ended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This is the first book I've read by K.C. Finn and I was not disappointed. The book consists of a collection of horror short stories. Each story has its own unique concept, and some of them I wish could have been made into novels. I'm very much of a fan of her writing style. Her writing just flows so smoothly, and each story thoroughly grabs your attention with new and different characters. I would definitely recommend this to horror lovers and those out there that sometimes like something short This is the first book I've read by K.C. Finn and I was not disappointed. The book consists of a collection of horror short stories. Each story has its own unique concept, and some of them I wish could have been made into novels. I'm very much of a fan of her writing style. Her writing just flows so smoothly, and each story thoroughly grabs your attention with new and different characters. I would definitely recommend this to horror lovers and those out there that sometimes like something short and sweet to read. Or in this case, short and dark. Well done!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Finding this author was a gift from heaven. This book is excellent, the stories are short, but very well written, they are terrifying, the author use psychological horror, I love it! My favorite story is The Damned Bus, it's so meaningful. I don't want to spoil the fun, just grab it, you wouldn't regret it. Finding this author was a gift from heaven. This book is excellent, the stories are short, but very well written, they are terrifying, the author use psychological horror, I love it! My favorite story is The Damned Bus, it's so meaningful. I don't want to spoil the fun, just grab it, you wouldn't regret it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haggard-maxon

    Awesome book!!! I love the variety of stories and the imagination shown in them! One of the best books I have read in a long time!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Addo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Anderson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kell Cowley

  15. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Finn

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Grey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sonya Garris

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rollerbeast

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Rovens

  22. 5 out of 5

    vickie summers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Pearson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Harold S. Kost

  27. 5 out of 5

    Book lover

  28. 5 out of 5

    hope

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ute Maria Magdalena von Hengstenberg

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marlyssa

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