John McDonnell is a freelance writer in Doylestown, PA. He has written in many styles and for many audiences in his career. Lately he's been writing a lot of flash fiction, in the horror and humor genres.
13 Horror Storiesby John McDonnell
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A collection of stories that will send chills down your spine. From a ghoulish beauty queen, to a scorned lover's revenge, to a man who throws away immortality because of a mysterious beauty named Daria, these stories combine horror, the grotesque, and romance in startling new ways. Read them and be appalled!
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loved this book!
The stories are great,I have read a lot of horror books and most of them don't keep me interested. That was definitely not the case with this book. Very vivid and detailed incredibly well written, well developed stories. I love this book.
Book Title: 13 Horror Stories Author: John McDonnell Kindle Edition ASIN: b004JF4MDI Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review Horror is beyond the reach of psychology.~ Theodor Adorno The stories in this fun read are short but are not, of course, sweet for they are horror stories after all. Although most of the tales are not what you would call overly "horrorly" horror stories, they do have a scarey element to them. Each having a different story line with a surprise at the end. Some leave the reader wondering what the "monster" looks like, where some others show the monster as an human. The book reminded me of episodes that could be shown on either The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Both being great entertaining television and which were not over the top with the blood and gore aspects of some horror. These tales could easily be told around the camp fire or during a power outage to pass the time. Great book to have on hand for Halloween parties as well. I would recommend book to all the enjoy a little scariest in there reading. Also would be an interesting book to discuss during a book club perhaps near the Halloween season.
13 Horror Stories - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat As the title states - 13 Horror Stories is made up of 13 horror stories. They range from The Beauty Part, which is a story about a woman who didn't accept rejection, to Stuck, which is a story about a man who can't get the image of a tree, a car and the moonlight out of his head. You also have The Thing in the Basement. You can imagine what the outcome will be when Billy is sent to the basement as punishment - or can you? The Box can bring knowledge to the one who opens it -- or maybe not. In Conclusions - will the wife allow the girlfriend to move in with her and her husband? And the stories go on... 13 Horror Stories is an amusing book that may be short but it's packed full of horror.
With each tale ranging between 400 and 600 words, McDonnell touches on all the classic facets of horror just a little too briefly. I would classify "13 Horror Stories" as a collection of flash fiction rather than short stories. Several of the stories had a very interesting premise that I honestly would have liked to have read more of. But each time the story cuts out before the tension is really built. A good example would be "Don't you just love weddings." It's a conversation that's maybe 100 words long that hints at the promise of a mutant bride. But that's it. I would have loved to have had more on that topic. The author could have easily written 5,000 on that storyline alone. I thoroughly enjoy endings that dangle. But I have to at least have time to get to know the characters on some level. To sum up: this collection is not a bad start for the author and actually not a bad read. The writing is rough around the edges but solid. The ideas are there; just take it a step further.