Review: Eight Deadly Kisses: A Dark Chapter Press Anthology

Eight Deadly Kisses: A Dark Chapter Press Anthology - Erica Chin, Audrey E.L. Coots, C.A. Viruet, Alice J. Black, Sharon L Higa, Fiona Dodwell, D.A. Chaney, David Basnett, Veronica Smith, Jack Rollins

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Evil does not consider, or discriminate, it simply selects its target, stalks, and strikes. Evil is a concept in which the sexes are equal. We’re all fair game.

 

Eight Deadly Kisses: A Dark Chapter Press Anthology

 

As you can see from my individual ratings I didn't love every story in the collection but that's usually the case with anthologies. I'm hard to please when it comes to short stories but as a whole I would give this one 4 stars. The concept is a great idea and even though some of them have a lower individual rating they were still pretty good stories, they just weren't of the same quality, in my opinion, as the higher rated ones.

 

1 - Night Terrors by Audrey E. L. Coots - 4 stars

 

That was a great start to the collection. A very well written creepy little tale. If they are all this good this is going to be a great collection of stories.

 

2 - Soul Seekers by Alice J. Black - 4 stars

 

That was certainly one kickass female! Me likey. Two really good stories in a row, this bodes well.

 

3 - The Dead Season by Fiona Dodwell - 2 stars

 

This is a decent and original little story but I found the dialogue to be repetitive in parts.

 

4 - Marion by Erica Chin3 stars

 

I was really enjoying this one until the ending, I'm not a fan of how it ends. I can't imagine that the outcome, if I am understanding correctly who the voice is, is one that the voice would have wanted for the boy.

 

5 - Commuting by Veronica Smith - 3 stars

 

I was not expecting that! However it felt like a rather abrupt and random way to finish.

 

6 - The Black Cat by Sharon Higa - 2 stars

 

While this was an OK story, the way the parents interacted with the MC like she was a young child rather than a 14 year old girl didn't match with how strong and mature she instantly became afterwards. You don't sit a 14 year old on your hip like they're a young child or carry them to bed, change them into their night clothes and tuck them in like a baby.

 

7 - Late Lunch by C.A. Viruet - 2.5 stars

 

Well that was weird but I'm left thinking why? What was the actual reasoning behind it? The writing was a bit choppy and there was repetitive use of words in places but it was original and rather bizarre.

 

8 - Prick by DA Chaney 4.5 Stars

 

This has to be my favourite of the collection. I really enjoyed the sarcasm and humour in this story.

 

 

 

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