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book review | If It Bleeds by Stephen King | Holly Gibney 2

if it bleeds by stephen king book review read like a villain night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Stephen King
Title: If it Bleeds
Series: Holly Gibney 2
Genre: Horror books; Short Story Collection
Pages: 447
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Don’t feel like giving up the horror just yet, so, read If it Bleeds by Stephen King, a short, but not so short story collection on various creepy, unnerving, and scary themes.

About the Book: The main story in the book is that of Holly Gibney, and is a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider, which I’ve not read, nor, judging by this book, will I ever want to read. Holly, watching news on tragedies, notices a reporter who seems to be first on the scene in all the worst ones. Not just there before any other reporter, but at times even before the police, before the ambulance. With a bad feeling in her heart, woman starts to investigate the man, dreading he might be a thing from her past, a thing that fed on human misery, sorrow, pain. Because if that is the case, then this creature here just learned how to make himself a meal. And then Holly will have to stop him. Or die trying.

My Opinion: In all the stories present, I highly preferred two. The very first one, with this cybernatural vibe to it, of a young protagonist calling the phone he left in the pocket of his dead friend. And another one that felt almost Murakamish with that Hard Boiled Wonderland tint to it, about a man dying in a coma, and how that death takes effect. The others I didn’t like as much, but none at all bored me. Writing reads easy, but that’s to be expected from such an amount of experience.

A solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural by Ray Russell and others

the playboy book of horror and the supernatural ray russell book reviewAuthor: Ray Russell and others
Title: The Playboy Book of Horrors and the Supernatural
Series: –
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Pages: 390
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Playboy magazine, created as men’s lifestyle magazine (and not, per se, what’s it’s mostly infamous for), has a long history of publishing short stories that were otherwise deemed “too much” for the mainstream printers. Many of said authors we all know and love (Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood), to name a mere few), and I think that speaks for itself. Today I’ve read “The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural” by Ray Russell, and several other authors, an anthology of horror.

About the Book: A large handful of horror tales, where the goosebumps running down your skin are as much from the supernatural beings that keep appearing, the strange powers, curses, but due to the human nature too.

My Opinion: Some were mediocre, still, usually they proved to be at least interestingly written, if not at all good in the tale they told. Others were pretty good. And then, some were absolutely amazing, making the whole book very worth the time it took to read. All the stories are short, so it’s easy to get through.

Solid 5 out of 5, greatly enjoyable.

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