Book Review – Vices and Virtues: A Horror Anthology

Sure, it would have been nice to have gotten this review up before Halloween, but like Ministry said, “Every day is Halloween.”

You might remember about a month ago there was a guest post on this blog by one Ashley Holzmann. Ash made some good point about what writing is about and why it should be approached without fear. Which is kind of ironic since he’s a horror author. But, the best horror authors write without fear of what they’re writing in order to instill horror in the reader. It’s hard to be scared of writing when the author is scared of what they’re writing. That kind of thinking seeps through the story and readers, like dogs, can smell fear.

Anyway, Ash and his crew got together and put together an anthology of horror short stories. Like all anthologies, it can be a mixed bag with some stories that really resonate and others that are less interesting. But that’s the beautiful thing about short story anthologies; there’s a little bit of something for everyone in them. The stories I didn’t enjoy as much might resonate with someone else. They’re also a good way to get introduced to new authors you might not have come across.

There are some decidedly creepy stories in here, ranging from the college kids on spring break who find more than they bargain for, to the government agents searching for missing stone, to a very classic horror story about a haunted pit.

I won’t play favorites and mention the stories I liked best by name because that’s not how I roll and I don’t want to influence anyone. Suffice it to say, there are some real gems in here. If you’re into horror, go check it out.

Discover some of the best up-and-coming horror writers today. Vices and Virtues will touch the center of your soul and leave it burning. This anthology truly demonstrates the range of the horror genre. These stories explore the best and worst aspects of human nature, each story based on a vice or virtue from the cultures of human history.

Get your copy on Amazon.

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