Short Story Review
This anthology is a product of many talented writers and is pretty fantastic! But, I’m going to review one story in particular.
This one is by Theresa Braun, who not only contributed her creepy story, but edited the tome alongside Mr. Deadman.
Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist (Release Date: July, 2017)
From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?
Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.
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Legend Trippers by Theresa Braun
Definition: Legend tripping, also known as ostension, is a name recently bestowed by folklorists and anthropologists on an adolescent practice (containing elements of a rite of passage) in which a usually furtive nocturnal pilgrimage is made to a site which is alleged to have been the scene of some tragic, horrific, and possibly supernatural event or haunting. The practice has been documented most thoroughly to date in the United States.
Legend Trippers is a story about a creepy stretch of tracks that is the site of many unexplained occurrences. Particularly, deaths by train collision. Yet, despite all of the tragedies, this area is constantly frequented by people looking to discover what it is that has caused so many unexplained “suicides” and disappearances.
Enter the main protagonist. A man down on his luck who happens to save one of these “legend trippers” from being obliterated by a train. He also sees something he can’t possibly explain. In a bid to turn his life around, he sets off with a cameraman and a family member of one of the missing, to prove what he saw was real. Terror ensues!
Theresa is a master at elevating your average ghost story or urban legend to something that will make you read with all of the lights on… and the tv, and maybe the radio too. So, not surprising, this one was truly horrifying. She’s also excellent at creating the appropriate atmosphere in just a few short pages. It’s really difficult to create characters a reader can connect with (so we care when something happens to them) and a fully fleshed-out plot in a short story, but she always does.
This entire anthology is fantastic and I especially enjoyed this one.
Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist
by Deadman (Goodreads Author) , Theresa Braun (Goodreads Author), Wallace Boothill , S.J. Budd (Goodreads Author), Gary Buller , S.E. Casey (Goodreads Author), Calvin Demmer (Goodreads Author) , Philip W. Kleaver , Sylvia Mann (Goodreads Author) , William Marchese , John Palisano (Goodreads Author), Christopher Powers , Leo X. Robertson(Goodreads Author) , M.R. Tapia (Goodreads Author)