Short Tales of Horror Part II Book Review

Book Review

Short Tales of Horror Part II

Regina Puckett

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GENRE – Horror

PUBLICATION DATE – September 2, 2014

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 77 pages

PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications

COVER ARTIST – Ryan Jorgensen owns copyright on photo. Charity Parkerson put together the book cover.

About the Book

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While Sheriff Wilson has no idea what really transpired the night twelve people were murdered in the old mental hospital during what was supposed to be a simple night of ghost hunting, he was at the scene moments after the lone survivor committed suicide. Now it’s a year later and a group of paranormal investigators want to set up a haunted house and invite the general public in that same abandoned mental hospital. How is he supposed to keep that many people safe from whoever or whatever killed the last group?

Silent Baby Screams

Gwen doesn’t understand why her husband resents their newborn baby so much, but she never suspects that one day she’ll return home from work to discover their baby boy has simply vanished. What happens next is the stuff of nightmares.

Lucky Thirteen

Thirteen black cats help keep watch over a bedridden, old lady. Sometimes the number thirteen is lucky but then again it might just depend on it who you are.

Pay Back

There’s nothing usual about Jeremy waking up late for school, but on this particular morning something feels different. When he goes downstairs to face the music, he finds his grandmother waiting for him but no one else appears to be at home. Jeremy believes he’s caught a lucky break and his mother and father won’t get to know, but he soon discovers that not everything is as it seems. He finds he’ll have to face up to his mistakes, though, and maybe even suffer a little payback himself.

Slimmer

Sandy loves her new boyfriend, but ever since they moved in together, Donald won’t get off her back about how much she eats. When he offers her a new miracle diet pill, she decides to try one just to shut him up. Unfortunately, there are unexpected side effects that take them both by terrifying surprise.

Sam I am

The morning after moving into her dream home with her young daughter and husband, Paige learns that the three story, 18th century house might be haunted. She then finds that her daughter has a new imaginary friend called Sam I Am. It isn’t long before Paige’s perfect home turns into a living nightmare.

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Excerpt

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“Something drained its battery. Sometimes that happens when a spirit is nearby. Why don’t you try asking Wallace a few questions?  Maybe he likes men better than women. After all he only kidnapped, raped and killed little boys. “

There nothing Alan wanted less than to try and communicate with a dead serial killer but he had forced his way in with the group so the least he could do was try in fit in. “He liked little boy’s. I don’t think he’s going to be interested in my type. I’m a little old for his taste.”

Rhonda didn’t say anything but continued to stare at him. He finally shrugged. “Why the hell not?”  He turned toward the empty room and tried not to feel like a damn fool. It was a good thing none of his deputies could see him talking to a ghost. “If you’re with us, Wallace Webster, you should know the world’s a better place without you in it. You were the lowest form of scrum bag and I think it’s a damn shame you were granted the pleasure of dying of old age in here instead of getting the electric chair like you deserved.”

Rhonda elbowed him. “Ask a question and stop antagonizing him.”

Alan glared at her. “Fine.”  He closed his eyes and tried to think of a good question. “Why did you hurt those innocent children?”  All of the K2 meters lit up.

Rhonda leaned over and grabbed her backpack. She dug around until she found the recorder. “Ask him something else. “

Alan stood and walked over into the circle of K2 meters. “Why, you Son of a Bitch. Why?” He felt a sharp stinging sensation across the back of his neck before cold air enveloped him. Just as he was reaching back to rub the painful area, a putrid smell filled the air and a voice right next to his ear whispered. “Mine.”  Without even thinking, he asked, “Why?”  There was a sinister laugh and another sharp painful slash across his neck and then down the full length of his back. He went to step out of the circle until something bumped against the side of his leg. The air around him became soupy and every breath became harder and harder to draw in.

When he made another move to leave the circle several things happened at once; it felt as if a large hand gripped onto his shoulder, a breathe of foul air filled his nose and the room became crammed with small black shadows. Another whisper finally answered his question. “My children.” Alan forced his legs to move but he only made it a few steps when the black forms rushed to surround him. It felt as if several pairs of small hands were tugging at his pants’ legs and there were arms wrapping around both of his legs. The air overflowed with agitated murmurings and whispers.

Every hair on Alan’s body stood up from the static electricity in the room. He blinked his eyes several times trying to focus on the tiny black shadows which had suddenly appeared out of nowhere. They were all inside of the circle of K2 meters and the lights on the meters were flashing on and off like crazy. The shadows were darker than the room’s darkness. They were completely void of any light and the feelings emanating from them were if they were totally void of any happiness.

It wasn’t so much the touching or even the presence of the black shadows that bothered Alan. It was those feelings of pain and anguish that were slowly leaching away his own happiness. He could sense they needed his help and this was the only way they knew how to ask for it. He broke out in a cold sweat, and just as the coldness was beginning to seep into his skin, frantic screaming came from somewhere else in the hospital.

Review

I love this time of year. It truly brings out my love of horror like no other time does. I had the most wonderful time regaling my husband with snippets from Short Tales of Horror Part II while I was reading just to see his face and hear his comments about my choice of reviewing material!

Regina Puckett has one of my favorite senses, wicked twistedness, which she employs readily in Short Tales of Horror Part II. I quickly became engrossed in each short story as it unfolded and found it difficult to put down. My housework has gone on hold until I have spent the weekend riffling through her other books to find my next favorite read.

Short Tales of Horror Part II is a non-stop thrill and I definitely recommend you read it before the mood of the season changes!

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Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Regina Puckett, author of Short Tales of Horror Part II, to Room With Books!

What do you do when you are not writing? 

A little bit of everything. I work full time for a local university so I have to squeeze in writing between my job, grandchildren, painting, sewing and napping.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Gone with the Wind was my first full length novel.  I don’t think you ever forget your first.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

It was agony. I received rejection letter after rejection letter until I became so discouraged I gave up writing for about six years. It wasn’t until I got my sweet romance, Concealed in My Heart, stuck in my head that I had to write again to get it out. Of course, that just meant I had to go through the entire rejection process all over again, but by this time I had grown a little older and wiser so I didn’t give up until I finally had a yes from a publisher.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

To slow down time.  There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished.

What was your first job?

I sewed back pockets onto blue jeans – not an experience I wish to relive.

Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?

Bill from What the Heart Knows. He’s sweet, vulnerable but still strong.  He’s so real to me.

What does your writing schedule look like?

If I have a story I want told, I write during every spare moment, but since I already have one job, I try not to make writing into another job that one day I’ll resent.  I want writing to always be something I love doing so I only write when I have a story to tell.  I never force myself to sit down and try and churn something out just to say I’ve written a certain number of words every day.  To me that’s not very creative.

Do you use your OWN experiences?

I certainly do.

Was it easy to pick the title for your book?

I don’t agonize over the titles to my books.  I pick a working title just so I’ll have a way to save my document, and then I’ll wait until I’m just about finished to decide on the final title.  Usually one of my characters will say something that will make it clear what the title should be.

If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?

An artist.  I love painting but I’m not very good at it.  That doesn’t stop me from trying to get better though.

What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing the last short story to a book that will have five short romances loosely based on fairy tales titled, Modern Day Fairy Tales.

Fun Facts
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Strawberry
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird
Coffee or tea? Tea
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? I’m a big chicken.  I like my sofa.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool.  I like to see what’s under the water.
Walking or fitness club? Walking

Any last words?

I love hearing from my readers so come join the conversation at @ReginaPucket.  I’ll answer any question or at least try to.

Thanks you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!

About the Author

Short Tales of Horror II - Author PhotoRegina Puckett writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.

Regina Puckett is an award nominated author for her short story, Balloon Wishes.

Concealed in My Heart is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner.

Claimed by Sin is nominated for 2014 Ellora’s Cave Golden Ankh award.

Concealed in My Heart won runner-up in the international 2014 MARSocial Author of the Year Competition.

Borrowed Wings, has received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Memories won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Tilting at Windmills and Words.

Slowly Drowning won second place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her poetry book, My Words into the Beyond.

Sir Galahad Comes to the Rescue won third place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Ramblings and Dreams.

Her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family’s Heart

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