- Copertina flessibile: 192 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (18 novembre 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1480211001
- ISBN-13: 978-1480211001
- Peso di spedizione: 272 g
The Nightmare Collection (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 18 nov 2012
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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her books include The Nightmare Collection series, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the Gravity trilogy, and The Foxwick Chronicles series. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club. For more information, please visit her website at http://cheriereich.webs.com or her blog at http://cheriereich.blogspot.com.
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The story unfolds through the three installments over intervals of various years, and I was drawn in and had to keep reading. In the second story, Once Upon a December Nightmare, the suspense is built up brilliantly, allowing the reader to spook themselves out rather than relying on an all-out gorefest. There's gore too, but it doesn't become overwhelming.
In the final episode, we follow the only victim out of four to survive the beast's attack, drawn back to the dark forest once again to assist the FBI in investigating a new spate of murders. Cassie is a very well-drawn and complex character - strong for having moved on with her life to some extent and for enduring abuse from the families of those who died, but vulnerable and damaged at the same time. I was rooting for her to find some resolution to events, and some comfort and happiness. Reich masterfully interweaves the budding connection between her and FBI man Tim with the growing horror of the killings.
I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy a chilling tale of suspense mixed with moments of tenderness to balance things out.
The first of the trilogy, "Nightmare at the Freak Show" introduces the monster, named David by the freak shows owner's young daughter, Gretchen, who is the only one to show him kindness. But her kindness goes awry and the monster escapes, leaving what little was left of his humanity behind.
In the second "Once Upon a December Nightmare" the urban legend takes shape. Four young adults end up stranded in the isolated Virginia woods when their joyride, a dilapidated 25-year-old truck, dies. Forced to hike through the dark, snow-filled woods, the question isn't whether anyone will die, but rather who.
The final story "Nightmare Ever After" takes place 10 years later and follows one of the four young adults as she is forced to relive the events of years prior with somewhat mixed results.
Author Cherie Reich describes the basis of the collection as an urban legend, which is a great genesis for a horror story of any kind. But I also loved how she brought in parallels from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - a monster, though not physically created in the same way as Victor Frankenstein's monster of legend, is still a monster created - a monster whose humanity is stripped away by neglect and fear and who embodies the dreaded other. A monster who wants to be good, but who also ultimately fails miserably.
I've read a lot of horror stories - so many, in fact, that very few scare me. Only two since I high school have freaked me out enough to sleep with the light on - Pet Sematary by Stephen King and Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite, for the record. And while the horror of Reich's The Nightmare Collection didn't scare me, it did reinforce the idea that humanity creates monsters out of what scares them. This is what kept me lying awake at night. These monsters - in whatever form they take - can have such long-lasting repercussions not to mention unintended consequences that it's unsettling.
The Nightmare Collection is a fun read and not overly graphic, which was a bit of a relief, honestly. Too many times horror stories use "blood & guts" to create a reaction rather than relying on a reader's imagination and the resulting psychological effect. There is plenty of room to let your mind build up the horror in whatever way it wishes, and that is the charm of The Nightmare Collection.
The first story, Nightmare at the Freak Show sent chills down my spine as I read it. Reich had me metaphorically biting my nails, as the tension slowly mounted until the horrifying conclusion.
In the second story, Once Upon a December Nightmare, Reich masterfully treats us to a story told through different character viewpoints. Like a great horror film, this allows the reader to empathise and care about each character. By the end of the story I was left wanting more, such was the skill in which Reich built both the characters and the terrifying scenario they find themselves in - alone in the woods and being hunted by a monster. That thirst for more was quickly quenched by the third story.
Nightmare Ever After, a novella length piece of fiction, picks up the story a few years after Once Upon a December Nightmare and reunites us with an old character and introduces new ones. This was by far my favourite of the three and, despite only being a novella in length, it felt as if I'd read a novel. It also reminded me of the X-files, a series I loved.
This is an amazing collection of short stories that will leave you thinking about them long after you finish. If you're a horror fiction and X-files fan, this is a must-read.