Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror

Black Balloon. Oct. 2020. 304p. ed. by ed. by Lincoln Michel & Nadxieli Nieto. ISBN 9781948226622. pap. $16.95. HORROR
Michel and Nieto present 42 fascinating, compelling, and entertaining horror stories told with 1,500 words or fewer that lack for nothing in the anxiety and dread department. Each tale balances word count and terror with the accuracy of a marksman, creating characters and situations that reel readers in, hoping this next one will turn out better, and yet knowing all along that, of course, it cannot. Broken into sections vividly titled “Heads,” “Hearts,” “Limbs,” and “Viscera,” the collection features both established authors like Jac Jemc and Stephen Graham Jones and lesser known voices such as Rachel Heng, whose “Fingers” was among the volume’s best, this anthology is an evil delight.
VERDICT A better entry into the world of horror as it stands today would be hard to find. The short, but never sweet, tales surprise as they unsettle and terrify. Readers will seek out more titles by the authors they discover here, or direct fans of the format to Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder.
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