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Help! Wanted: Tales of On-The-Job Terror

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"HELP! WANTED is a rollicking, creepy, crazy, and thoroughly unnerving collection of work-related horror stories by the cream of today's horror crop. Each story is as stingingly fresh as a razor cut!" - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author of Dust & Decay and Patient Zero
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Overview

"HELP! WANTED is a rollicking, creepy, crazy, and thoroughly unnerving collection of work-related horror stories by the cream of today's horror crop. Each story is as stingingly fresh as a razor cut!" - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author of Dust & Decay and Patient Zero
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615536354
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    Help Wanted: Tales of On The Job Terror from Evil Jester Press i

    Help Wanted: Tales of On The Job Terror from Evil Jester Press is a fun and scary read. This book is edited by Peter Giglio and has short stories by Joe McKinney, Gary Brandner, Henry Snider and many more. As if work wasn’t already scary enough, this book gives you more reasons to be scared. Help Wanted is an excellent anthology that includes some great stories by some master storytellers.

    One of the stories includes Agnes: A Love Story by David C. Hayes, which tells the tale of a lawyer named Jack who feels unappreciated at work and by his wife so he starts a relationship with a photocopier. They get along well until the photocopier starts wanting the lawyer to kill for it. The thing I liked about this story was how the author makes you feel sorry for Jack. His two co-workers are happily married and love their jobs while Jack is married to a paranoid alcoholic and he hates and works at a job he can’t stand. You completely understand how he can fall in love with a copier because he is a lonely soul that no one understands except the copier of course.

    Another story in Help Wanted is Work Life Balance by Jeff Strand. In this story a man works for a company that starts to let their employees do what they want at work. It starts with letting them come to work a little later than usual, then the employees are allowed to hug and kiss on the job. Things get really out of hand though when the company starts letting employees carry knives and stab each other, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their job. This story is meant to be more funny then scary but still has its scary moments. Jeff Strand does a great job mixing humor and horror in this story.

    Another good story in Help Wanted: On The Job Terror is The Chapel Of Unrest by Stephen Volk. This is a gothic horror story that takes place in the 1800’s and has to deal with an undertaker who has the duty of capturing and embalming a ghoul who has been eating dead bodies in a graveyard. Stephen Volk through his use of imagery in describing the graveyard, the chapel and the clothes of the time, transports you into an 1800′s gothic setting that reminded me of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    One more story in this anthology that I have to mention is Expulsion by Eric Shapiro which tells the tale of a mad man going into a office to kill his fellow employees. This is a very short but very powerful story that gets you into the mind of a disgruntled employee but manages to end on a positive note. Though there were stories I didn’t like in Help Wanted, all in all its a very good anthology. I highly recommend this book

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Help! Wanted collects 25 short stories on the really dark side o

    Help! Wanted collects 25 short stories on the really dark side of the workplace, with tales ranging from a financially-desperate undertaker given a horrifying request (Stephen Volk's "The Chapel of Unrest") to a bookstore where the more annoying sorts of customers have a habit of dying (Lisa Morton's "Face Out") to an interview in which a psychiatrist with some highly unusual views on treatment tries to hide his true self (Adrian Chamberlain's "The Interview). The workplaces and workers featured vary as greatly as the styles of the contributing authors, making for an entertaining mix.

    As always, a collection of stories has its high points and low. Not all of the stories here worked for me, but my level of satisfaction overall was quite high. In addition to the three stories mentioned earlier, my favorites included Jeff Strand's "Work/Life Balance" (on a Casual Fridays policy gone very wrong) and Mark Allan Gunnells' "Must Be Something in the Water" (featuring a new water cooler that encourages some highly unprofessional conduct). Overall it's a good and tasty collection of sharp short horror fiction, well worth checking out.

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