Little Deaths

Little Deaths

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by John F.D. Taff

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Named #1 Horror Collection of 2012 by Horror Talk
Named top 5 books of 2012 by AndyErupts

“Little Deaths is a treat for fans of horror. Taff’s prose is tight but malleable, changing its nature to adapt to every story. The diversity of the collection is outstanding, the writing is the kind that gets nods for the Stoker, and all the elements of


Named #1 Horror Collection of 2012 by Horror Talk
Named top 5 books of 2012 by AndyErupts

“Little Deaths is a treat for fans of horror. Taff’s prose is tight but malleable, changing its nature to adapt to every story. The diversity of the collection is outstanding, the writing is the kind that gets nods for the Stoker, and all the elements of horror fiction are there in spades. The Mellified Man was one of the best short stories I read this year and this collection ensured that I will be getting my hands on anything Taff publishes the second it comes out. When it comes to superb short horror stories, this tome stuck with me and I’ll surely go back to it at some point in 2013.”
~ Horror Talk, on naming Little Deaths the #1 Horror Collection of 2012

"Before 2012, I’d never heard of American author John F.D.Taff until I read his short story Cold Calls in Best New Vampire Tales Vol I. After that, I had no hesitation in picking up Taff’s collection of his own short stories, Little Deaths. The tales contained therein, much like the author himself, are quite unique and don’t rely on horror archetypes in the traditional sense, no mean feat in and of itself. Taff’s range of storytelling is ably demonstrated in Little Deaths with some of the highlights for me being: Here, a touching story, despite being a horror yarn; The Mellified Man, a modern day fairytale with more than a hint of The Twilight Zone about it; and Box of Rocks, a short sharp shock of a read that had tremendous impact on me."
~ AndyErupts, on naming Little Deaths as one of the top 5 books of the year

About the book:

You think you’ve got bad dreams? Consider author John F.D. Taff’s nightmares. How about the one where a guy resurrects his dead girlfriend with a set of the prop neck bolts used on Boris Karloff in the 1932 classic Frankenstein? Or one where the ghost of the author’s dead dog keeps coming back to entice him into death so they can be together? Or the one where a guy loves candy…to death?

Taff has the kind of nightmares no one really wants. But it’s nightmares like these that give him plenty of ideas to explore; ideas that he’s turned into the short stories he shares in this new collection Little Deaths.

Little Deaths features 19 pieces of short horror fiction; some have appeared previously in print elsewhere, others appear for the first time here. All of them are chilling, weird looks at the human condition from a decidedly dark perspective.

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John F.D. Taff is an author with more than 25 years experience in all sorts of writing...public relations, marketing, sales, journalism and creative. He's a published author with more than 50 short stories and seven novels in print. His writing tends to be categorized as "horror," though most of it has a weird, pulpy Twilight Zone vibe to it. He also writes fantasy, suspense and some science fiction. His latest sales have been to Malicious Malpractices, Box of Delights, Schrodinger's Mouse, Morpheus Tales, Black Ink Horror,, PseudoPod and Jack O'Spec. Over the years, four of his short stories have been awarded honorable mentions in Datlow & Windling's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. John is a fascinating human being (yes, he's writing this), with diverse interests in history (Ancient Egypt and the Civil War, particularly), spiritualism, the paranormal, cooking, movies, music and reading. He resides in a lovely house down by a river that likes to, every so often, overflow its banks and spread alarmingly over the countryside, sweeping aside mobile homes, swine and meth labs. He shares the house with his two wonderfully cute pugs, Sylvia and Sadie. He has three fantastic kids whom he doesn't see as much as would like-Harry (or whatever his name is these days), Sam and Molly. They're great kids and he loves them very much. He also shares his life with his wonderful inamorata, Deborah, who puts up with a great deal from him.

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Little Deaths 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Every time I finished a story I could wait to read the next one. Put this is you "read it now" pile. 
dwatson More than 1 year ago
What do you do when your girlfriend dies and you have a problem letting her go? If you’re a collector and you own a pair of neck bolts that Boris Karloff wore in the original Frankenstein movie you might be able to bring her back to life. Of course that could become a problem once the body decomposes. This is one of the story lines from John F.D. Taff’s Little Deaths. This anthology includes 19 short horror stories that take a look at how humans react to bizarre situations. Another story in this collection looks at a woman named Melinda who marries a man named Josh. Josh has a book that tells every detail of his and Melinda’s life from birth to death. Despite her husband’s warnings to not look at the book, she does look and doesn’t like her destiny. She decides to rewrite the book and change everything but now she has to face the consequences. My favorite stories in this anthology were the ones that mixed Science Fiction and Horror such as But For A Moment…Motionless which tells the tale of a man walking the streets of a deserted city and discovering that he may be the last one alive. I liked how the main character describes what he will miss about humanity and how he reacts when he learns what really happened. I also enjoyed Snapback which tells what happens in the future as people learn how to master time travel. This one is told through a series of scientific reports and I thought it was interesting hearing how the tone of the reports change as the scientists discover that there is a problem. Other good stories for the hard core horror fan include include The Mire Of Human Veins that had a Neil Gaiman feel to it and is about a girl who has a strange home life. Another one is Child Of Dirt about a baby who’s father may not be human. Also if you are into ghost stories, The story Here is a ghostly love story that has a good sense of humor and will appeal to all dog lovers. I enjoyed John F.D. Taff’s Little Deaths more or less. I thought all the stories were well written and I like how the author describes the action and setting in each story. I also like the way he describes his characters. That being said I did have a problem with some of the stories. Such as The Scent, Bolts, Helping Hands and Calander Girl which were based on good ideas but had endings that left me confused. John F.D. Taff does make up for this though in the end of the book when he tells his idea behind each story and your able to find out what he was thinking as he wrote it. I do think Little Deaths is a good anthology and I look forward to seeing a novel by John F.D. Taff in the future.
AJae More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Some had a tad bit of surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some are better than others. My favorite was Calendar Girl.
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SlapHappySmokey1 More than 1 year ago
I've never been a fan of short story anthologies, but this made me think differently about them. The first story, "Bolts", was so unusual that I didn't want it to end! I understand the main character's feelings throughout, and I'm sure that there are many of us out there that would love to bring back our loved one from the dead! It was a really great, creepy story! And the "Mullified Man"? It is based on a true thing, just a few steps in a different direction. The reason for Taff writing this one makes sense, but I will never give up my sweet tooth! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!!! Not every story is going to be liked by you, but you will find a favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great, but a good collection of short stories. More suspensfull then really scary. Remind me of the stories of the original Twilight Zone TV series. I picked it up as a special from BookBub. Was worth the $1.99. WOLFHOUND
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A couple of really good stories.
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