This is the third book in the series. And just as I expected, it didn’t disappoint. Brad Poage has a great talent for writing these short stories of terror. In three books, there’s not been one tale that is similar to another. Each is unique in its own story and style. I do think it was very wise to separate the stories out into three books. It seems like they are, either intentionally or by happenstance, grouped together although it’s hard to describe the groupings. They aren’t the typical ‘this section is ghosts and this section is zombies’ and stuff like that. But just like from the first book to the second book, there is a progression from the second to the third.
The third, this one, seems much gorier and much more gruesome. There are nastier and more disgusting and revolting images put in your head. I’m not complaining; you guys know I love the gore. There are incredible descriptions and details that, honestly, give you chills. And this book reads just as fast as the previous two, maybe even faster.
We read of a jilted lover and the insidious use of a seemingly innocuous video game. Then there’s a bittersweet tale about a young boy and his Science Fair project. We get to find out what happens when a harmless camping trip goes dreadfully wrong. Then, a heart wrenching tale about the comforts of a home cooked meal made with love. And what would horror be without kids learning the difference between fairytales and reality, or if there even IS a difference? We discover what sinister things await an unsuspecting dinner guest during a shared meal. We read of a poor woman as she sadly and helplessly watches her boyfriend suffer in agony from a torturous tooth ache. Then there’s a wicked tale detailing the horrors encountered in a gas station public bathroom not to mention a gripping story about a man struggling with the daunting task of survival. And then, a fascinating bit about how a new employee settles into her domestic duties.
Each story will strike the horror nerve for horror fans of all kinds. As with all of the Bedtime Tales of Horror books, there is something here for everyone. I can’t imagine how horror readers could ever be disappointed with this series. The length of each story is perfect for lunch hours, after dinner reading, bedtime or to read a number of stories in a row. It’s great because they are quick reads, well written, they keep your attention and you can get a little horror fix OR a HUGE horror fix…it’s up to you.
You’ll find the link to purchase below. Poage has a real knack for the macabre tidbits. I highly recommend this series.