Review: 100 Words of Horror Pt. 3

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The latest in Kevin J. Kennedy’s drabble series of horror, Part 3 does not disappoint with bringing another group of horror writers together in one volume!

A little different from previous anthologies, Kennedy states in his opening words that he opened this volume to the public and received a massive response. Of course this means that the drabbles collected here are his personal favorites out of the pleathora of submissions.

Having already gone through two of these previously, I didn’t find all that many variations on theme or story all in all. Drabbles either land or they don’t with the reader, though most should at least tease the mind a bit. I found a mix of these within Part 3, but I found the consistency of them a bit uneven compared to previous parts. This might be the mix of public call or a mix of having already read a couple hundred horror drabbles, but I was surprised that I wasn’t as deeply marveled or disturbed by them as I had been in the past.

The first one that makes a note, is Steve Stred’s “Cursed,” which riffs on vampires, tells a complete tale without leaving a dangling ending. It’s a rather satisfying climax to an age old sibling feud.

Another one drabble that tells a whole tale is Stuart Conover’s “Be Careful What You Wish For.” Here is a riff on zombies, but it parallels themes of addiction and the self-destruction that clings to it like a shadow. It’s actually quite impressive.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Chad Lutzke featured in here, especially since I very much enjoyed his recent anthology, so reading his “Nothing” wasn’t exactly the opposite of its title, it was everything.

And to close this one out, I appreciated Kennedy’s own “The Apocalypse Bar” which had shout-outs to his recent novella, SCREECHERS, with Christina Bergling.

All in all, another satisfying anthology with some new and welcome voices, alongside the tried and true hits.

One thought on “Review: 100 Words of Horror Pt. 3

  1. Pingback: Now Out: 100 Word Horrors Book 3: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles | Stuart Conover

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