Crazy Ass Stories for Crazy Ass People
Book Author Andy Rausch
This collection of short stories was sent to me by the lovely people at Blackthorn Book Tours. I tell you, these folks have got some good taste. I really enjoyed reading this book. There were times I laughed, times I was completely shocked and times I had both going on plus more at the same time.
This book includes twenty-one short stories AND a very creative novella (which will really get your mind going). The great thing is the plot range is all over the place with the exception that they all have that general horror component in common. Now, I don’t want to give anything away but at the end of each story I made some notes about my thoughts on that tale. I’ll give you a few general examples without spoiling any of the stories for you because, believe me, you won’t want me to ruin any of this.
First of all, the author starts off with a very honest and open introduction that totally gives you a feel for what you are about to get into. Plus, it also gives you a fair amount of insight as to the kind of guy the writer is. In reading the intro, I truly felt like this guy was my kind of people. Come to find out, he’s from Parsons, KS. which is only about two and a half hours away from me. Midwesterners tend to recognize other Midwesterners by the verbiage they use. (I call us flatlanders, especially here in the center of the country where there are no mountains or anything like that…lots of wheat and corn fields…and cattle…and fields…lots and lots of fields. But anyways, the intro is funny. Mr. Andy gives us a taste of the kind of twisted, sometimes dry, sometimes over-the-top, but always natural sense of humor he has. Reading the introduction is like Rausch is sitting right there in front of you talking with you as if you’re one of his buddies.
A lot of the stories I liked had a very Tales from the Crypt/Twilight Zone kind of feel to them. Think back to watching Twilight Zone episodes, and when you just KNEW you had it figured out. Then all of a sudden in the last five minutes, Rod Serling threw you a twist that you never saw coming and you loved it. Now apply that to the written form and you get this fantastic collection of troubling little tales, shocking stories and appalling anecdotes.
Some of my notes consisted of comments like “very eerie, excellent build up and ending, well written, moved fast, 8/10 creep meter 10/10 deviant meter, natural flow, fantastic adult take on Snow White, would make a great horror movie short, very modern day Twilight Zone.”
As you can see, getting this book would not be a wasted purchase. I highly recommend it to my readers and fans of horror novels and fans of short stories.
About the Author:
Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.
He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.
Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla's Score
You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/