When the door opens the world disappears.

I turned the knob.  No one in the room stopped me.  They couldn't stop me.  The door had already been opened.  I knew that now.  I pulled, and the door swung silently.
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At first, I wasn't so sure about this book because of the cover.  The cover reminded me of the stories I used to read as a kid.  You know, like Scariest Stories to Tell in the Dark.  I still remember one of the songs in the back.  I think it went something like: The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, in your stomach and out your snout.  I don't remember the rest, but the cover made me thing of those types of stories.

As I read the book, which is quite short and consisting of five short stories, I realized that this book is a lot like those childhood tales.  Except, it is geared and adapted to an adult audience.  It was brilliant.

The first story, "The Door" by Ian Kezsbom, was a perfect start to the series.  "When the door opens the world disappears."  I loved how you gradually realize what's going on.  What is that room?  Why are they there?  What do they have in common?  You'll have to read to find out.

"Blackout" and "Eye of the Wolf" by Lisa Gail Green were great chilling tales.  You know bad things are happening.  You may even suspect even worse things are going to happen.  Still, the author ends the stories with the type of closure I haven't read in years.  Happy endings are overrated.

"Infinity" by Ian Kezsbom was predicable, but still a fun read and cool concepts.  The last story, "Afterdeath" by Leslie S. Rose might just have been the most powerful story in the book.  The story had me in its grip, on the edge of my seat and vying for the couple, for a happily ever after.  And with a collection like this one, there's no telling whether they got it.

All in all, I enjoyed this short collection of stories and for $0.99, what's to lose?  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little piece of your childhood with an adult twist.  You'll be glad you did.

Source: Amazon.com (Gifted from the author)
eReader: Kindle for iPad
File type: MOBI

About the Author

I am a writer of both adult speculative fiction and middle-grade fiction. When not writing, I work as a film and television picture editor.

My wife and I began the anthology series Journeys of Wonder because we wanted to provide a new outlet for speculative fiction. Each volume comprises stories from various authors (I personally have 2 stories in volume 1 and 1 in volume 2).

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11/26/2012 08:03:40 am

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so jazzed you like JOW. It's a blast to be a part of.

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