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Revenge. Respect. Regret. Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people. I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever. Chopper - A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare. A Decision at Dusk - If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt? Sunflower - Revenge. Respect. Regret. Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people. I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever. Chopper - A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare. A Decision at Dusk - If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt? Sunflower - When the establishment fights back, they break more than the rules. A View - Some noises are best left uninvestigated. These stories are not happy, but they leave their mark. Some are set in our world; some are set in an alternate world (that of the Lords of Misrule series). This anthology combines dark humour, psychological terror, horror, and a splash of brightly coloured gore. It packs an emotional punch made even more harrowing by the paper-thin divide between reality and fiction.


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Revenge. Respect. Regret. Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people. I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever. Chopper - A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare. A Decision at Dusk - If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt? Sunflower - Revenge. Respect. Regret. Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people. I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever. Chopper - A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare. A Decision at Dusk - If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt? Sunflower - When the establishment fights back, they break more than the rules. A View - Some noises are best left uninvestigated. These stories are not happy, but they leave their mark. Some are set in our world; some are set in an alternate world (that of the Lords of Misrule series). This anthology combines dark humour, psychological terror, horror, and a splash of brightly coloured gore. It packs an emotional punch made even more harrowing by the paper-thin divide between reality and fiction.

30 review for I Died Yesterday (Dark Fiction Tales, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 2.5 star read. I think this is one of those books you either love or dislike - I'm afraid it just didn't hit the mark for me. I like the way the author wrote; a great fluid style that meant quick reads. And the short stories were definitely dark, they just weren't to my taste. This is a 2.5 star read. I think this is one of those books you either love or dislike - I'm afraid it just didn't hit the mark for me. I like the way the author wrote; a great fluid style that meant quick reads. And the short stories were definitely dark, they just weren't to my taste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    I Died Yesterday: five stories of dark fiction, suspense and horror. Personally, I would have simplified that to ‘five chilling reads’ but to each their own. All that matters is that these five stories were a lot of fun – and that is saying something coming from me. I have a complex relationship with short stories. I either love them or hate them. More often than I’d like, I end up disliking them. I always want more, I always feel as though there is not enough. This is partly due to the fact tha I Died Yesterday: five stories of dark fiction, suspense and horror. Personally, I would have simplified that to ‘five chilling reads’ but to each their own. All that matters is that these five stories were a lot of fun – and that is saying something coming from me. I have a complex relationship with short stories. I either love them or hate them. More often than I’d like, I end up disliking them. I always want more, I always feel as though there is not enough. This is partly due to the fact that I love long stories, stories where the multiple layers are slowly unfolded, and often short stories just deal with one aspect. These five stories, however, left me so happy. Well, happy probably isn’t the best word to use considering the topics. What I should say is these stories were a lot of fun; I really enjoyed them. I Died Yesterday is the first of the stories, the shortest. It’s a mere handful of pages, and yet it is easily the darkest of the stories. I’ll admit to working out where things were heading, yet it did nothing to remove my enjoyment of the story. Chopper is the second story, not as hard hitting as the first but still enjoyable. It looks at a different topic, and yet it still looks at the dark side of the world and the people upon it. It’s a story that pulls you in, leaves you wanting more. A Decision at Dusk is the third story, one with a clear fantasy element to it. With magic at work, we get to look at what happens when revenge comes hand-in-hand with the knowledge of how to bring people back from the dead. As with the first two stories, it is not a light read. Sunflower is the fourth story, bringing us back to the real world. This one leaves us questioning for quite some time, curious as to what is to come. When the chilling factor comes about, it hits you suddenly, leaves you unsure of what exactly occurred. A View is the final story, and another that leaves you questioning what is happening. Not in the sense that you have no idea what is going on, as you’re more than aware of what is occurring, but it leaves you with questions about the bigger picture. All five stories are wonderfully written, leaving a mark. Three of the stories occur in the real world, with two occurring in an alternate world. This alternate world is from Andy Graham’s Lord of Misrule series, yet it is not necessary to have read the series to understand these short stories. Honestly, I had such fun with these. I was pulled in from start to end, and I’m more than happy to read more of the author’s work in the future, as these five short stories leave you with the promise that full-length novels will have so much to them. As a final note, I would like to thank Andy Graham for contacting me for a review. These were such great reads, and I really appreciate being given the chance to work through them.

  3. 4 out of 5

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Voitik

    >Book Review – I Died Yesterday >I am an independent reviewer. This book is a collection of 5 horror short stories. Each short story feels like reading through a fun house mirror. The story seems to put the reader off balance. I kept trying to figure out the plots, but the gore for the sake of gore seemed to be the most prevalent theme. The first short story tried to shock the reader at the end, but the horrible descriptions of running over a 5 year old’s head with a car made any additional shoc >Book Review – I Died Yesterday >I am an independent reviewer. This book is a collection of 5 horror short stories. Each short story feels like reading through a fun house mirror. The story seems to put the reader off balance. I kept trying to figure out the plots, but the gore for the sake of gore seemed to be the most prevalent theme. The first short story tried to shock the reader at the end, but the horrible descriptions of running over a 5 year old’s head with a car made any additional shock pale in comparison. >This collection was so bizarre that only those readers with a definite love for horror and gore will like to read this book. The stories are vastly different in the characters involved, but that is the only positive part of the stories in my opinion. >I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving this book 3 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Mitchell

    This brilliantly written short story collection houses five tales, each with dark themes. Narrative viewpoints include those of both murderers and victims, providing insight into the minds of predators and their prey. Set in ruined locations, schools, Suburbia, and on the sea, the Author has certainly shown a wide variety of talent in their work. The stories themselves were well-written and had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. They were anything but predictable. Apparen This brilliantly written short story collection houses five tales, each with dark themes. Narrative viewpoints include those of both murderers and victims, providing insight into the minds of predators and their prey. Set in ruined locations, schools, Suburbia, and on the sea, the Author has certainly shown a wide variety of talent in their work. The stories themselves were well-written and had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. They were anything but predictable. Apparent themes were murder, necromancy, family, and torture; lots of it. This is the perfect read to compliment the Halloween season. With a steady pace and plenty of tension, I would recommend this collection to just about anyone. My rating: 4 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruby McDemon

    I'm still not entirely sure what to think of these stories, Yes there is a horror/scary feel to the end of each of the five of these short stories, but up to that it seemed as more rambling and hard to follow. I enjoyed how at the end it kind of all made sense, but it just felt like there was so much leading up to it that was confusing for me and it made it hard to read. I'm still not entirely sure what to think of these stories, Yes there is a horror/scary feel to the end of each of the five of these short stories, but up to that it seemed as more rambling and hard to follow. I enjoyed how at the end it kind of all made sense, but it just felt like there was so much leading up to it that was confusing for me and it made it hard to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karl Drinkwater

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Five stories of varied dark stuff. Without further ado: Actually, let's have further ado. All the stories were well-written, and I liked the majority of them a lot. I have no problems with the author's prose - it is polished and well-chosen. I often really enjoyed the imagery too, such as this quay which was "plastered with stones like cancerous bubble wrap". There is much more to style than just language though, and the author did a great job of drip-feeding details at exactly the right moment. M Five stories of varied dark stuff. Without further ado: Actually, let's have further ado. All the stories were well-written, and I liked the majority of them a lot. I have no problems with the author's prose - it is polished and well-chosen. I often really enjoyed the imagery too, such as this quay which was "plastered with stones like cancerous bubble wrap". There is much more to style than just language though, and the author did a great job of drip-feeding details at exactly the right moment. Many authors struggle with this, but these were all good examples of control and mystery-revelation. The first story, "I Died Yesterday" is almost an ideal template of that kind of writing, and was really well done. The next story, "Chopper", began very promisingly. There was some really good imagery and imagination at work here, especially in the transparent ship where the action culminates. Unfortunately it didn't really work for me, petering out with a mildly unsatisfying conclusion that reinforced a feeling that had grown as I read, a feeling that it was less a standalone story and more a tale connected to something else, characters I didn't know. The ending also had a few too many coincidences for me (on a ship of bodies the first one he finds was a person he hadn't seen in years but thought about a few minutes earlier; despite leaving a friend to head to the boat, when he gets there he finds his friend had already been captured, tortured, killed and stored; the powerful gangster pirate captain he seeks turns out to be his mother; and an overheard soliloquay answers all his questions). The next story, "A Decision at Dusk" also had interesting ideas but suffered the same feeling of being tied to something I hadn't read, at the expense of being a fully-fleshed standalone story with a solid arc and satisfying conclusion. An author's note at the end confirmed what I had suspected, that these two stories were connected to other stories the author had written. Of course, if you have read the author's Lords of Misrule books you will gain more from these. But then the book picked up again for me. "Sunflower" was an excellent example of extreme horror, again with the carefully controlled use of revelation that worked really well, and creates a story worth a second reading. "A View" rounded out the collection, and was also a wonderfully controlled piece of horror, with an unexpected direction, all wrapped around a convincing character piece. Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Definitely. And it is only because I enjoyed three of the stories so much that I was more critical of the remaining two. I couldn't help feeling that if "Chopper" and "A Decision at Dusk" had been replaced with two more independent stories of the quality of "I Died Yesterday", "Sunflower", and "A View" the book would have been much stronger for me, maybe even a 5* then. "Chopper" and "A Decision at Dusk" might work better in a collection specifically composed of related stories from that same mythos. But overall I really recommend this collection, and my personal caveat about two of the stories may not apply to you at all. If you want to experience some horror, read this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bau Johnson

    Five uniquely individual short stories; each one uniquely crafted to bring a different sort of horror to the reader. As the author mentions, two of the short stories are not of our world, and I felt that those are the "weakest" of these five stories. I only say that they are the "weakest" because I don't know the world that they are based in. However, they are not bad stories at all. Some of the references and things in those stories are lost on this reader, which I may have to remedy one of the Five uniquely individual short stories; each one uniquely crafted to bring a different sort of horror to the reader. As the author mentions, two of the short stories are not of our world, and I felt that those are the "weakest" of these five stories. I only say that they are the "weakest" because I don't know the world that they are based in. However, they are not bad stories at all. Some of the references and things in those stories are lost on this reader, which I may have to remedy one of these days. But, other than that, the three stories based in this world are incredibly horrifying. Sometimes you can see the twist coming; but other times you won't see it until it's right on top of you. And it's exciting. I would highly recommend this short story collection. Borrowing this from R.L. Stine: "Reader beware, you're in for a scare."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Bell

    Graham is clearly a seasoned wordsmith with a wide and varied vocabulary which makes for fulfilling reading experience. His style is perhaps a little extended for my own personal taste. He uses a narrative technique intended to disorient the reader at the beginning by presenting a lot of ambiguity and working backwards to bring the truth into focus, and he implements it quite well. The concluding truths however did not always ring authentic to me, but I suspect that has to do with cultural conte Graham is clearly a seasoned wordsmith with a wide and varied vocabulary which makes for fulfilling reading experience. His style is perhaps a little extended for my own personal taste. He uses a narrative technique intended to disorient the reader at the beginning by presenting a lot of ambiguity and working backwards to bring the truth into focus, and he implements it quite well. The concluding truths however did not always ring authentic to me, but I suspect that has to do with cultural context. Overall these stories grab your attention with unique concepts, and will have you re-reading to see all the clues you missed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alice Taylor

    I Died Yesterday is the first book is a series of books containing short stories about dark fiction suspense and horror. This book has five stories that look at death from different ways. The stories are varying lengths, some very short and some much longer but still all short. This book is good. The stories develop quickly and draw the reader right in. This book is not for the faint of heart and the reader should expect dark stories. This is a good read for anyone who wants a dark developed st I Died Yesterday is the first book is a series of books containing short stories about dark fiction suspense and horror. This book has five stories that look at death from different ways. The stories are varying lengths, some very short and some much longer but still all short. This book is good. The stories develop quickly and draw the reader right in. This book is not for the faint of heart and the reader should expect dark stories. This is a good read for anyone who wants a dark developed story. I’m giving this book 4 hearts Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock

  11. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    5 seemingly completely unrelated stories, only two of which - the first and the last - that were understandable. The three stories in the middle only left me with exhausted confusion at the realization that I was not going to be able to understand them. They read like fever dreams transcribed directly after waking. I'm not sure why these stories were put together, and I honestly don't think they needed to be. Overall, a very unsatisfying read, as the two stories that were mildly interesting ende 5 seemingly completely unrelated stories, only two of which - the first and the last - that were understandable. The three stories in the middle only left me with exhausted confusion at the realization that I was not going to be able to understand them. They read like fever dreams transcribed directly after waking. I'm not sure why these stories were put together, and I honestly don't think they needed to be. Overall, a very unsatisfying read, as the two stories that were mildly interesting ended too soon to be of much interest.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Ruff

    I’ve been a fan of Andy Graham since I discovered the profoundly disturbing and beautifully written, An Angel Fallen. I find his dark ideas and fantastic imagination fascinating, but above all, his writing is original and simply beautiful. With these stories, glimpses of relatable normality and fantasy mixed with the macabre, Graham writes as if his audience is as intelligent as he is, nothing is spoon-fed as the stories unfold. Well-done!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Thomas

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. There's enough given to give the reader a great setting and idea, and also ends in such a way that makes you ask for more. The stories read a lot like horror stories without the terrifying, sleep with the lights on horror of some books. Definitely, a must-read for anyone looking for a quick horror. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. There's enough given to give the reader a great setting and idea, and also ends in such a way that makes you ask for more. The stories read a lot like horror stories without the terrifying, sleep with the lights on horror of some books. Definitely, a must-read for anyone looking for a quick horror.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cherry

    Great read Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a great horror mix Has some really great stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely worth buying and reading

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    This is an Amazing bunch of short dark tales of horror. I loved every single one of these stories. I wanted to just keep on reading so I’m hoping for more. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Hendrix

    Short stories that you will enjoy. A collection of short stories I think you'll find interesting. A nice variety of story lines keeps it from becoming boring. I found the book a nice way to pass an afternoon. Short stories that you will enjoy. A collection of short stories I think you'll find interesting. A nice variety of story lines keeps it from becoming boring. I found the book a nice way to pass an afternoon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Krantz

    I always love a good collection of dark short stories. Each story in this book is gory and complicated but the twisted endings leave a mark in your mind. Psychologically, the stories keep you guessing and I love the lasting chill I had when I read the last page.

  18. 5 out of 5

    DE Jorgensen

    I wanted to like this set of short stories, but it was too grim to finish. I was warned by the subtitle "Dark Fiction Tales" but I did not know it would be so dark. I wanted to like this set of short stories, but it was too grim to finish. I was warned by the subtitle "Dark Fiction Tales" but I did not know it would be so dark.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    Very good- but very tragic as well

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Atwell preaseau

    Interesting dark tales Short stories that were easy to read and follow. All kept my interest and had twists in them. Will read more by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Markham

    I RARELY give five star reviews. Your book has to be in the calibre of 'The Book Thief', 'Jaran' or Sheryl Strayed's 'Wild' for me to give five big ones. It has to be written well, not too much waffly prose, thought provoking, compelling and memorable: in other words, something I would intend to read again. I also don't read a lot of short stories. So giving a collection of short stories 5 stars is a complete and utter shock for me. I Died Yesterday is such a book. This is the kind of book writers s I RARELY give five star reviews. Your book has to be in the calibre of 'The Book Thief', 'Jaran' or Sheryl Strayed's 'Wild' for me to give five big ones. It has to be written well, not too much waffly prose, thought provoking, compelling and memorable: in other words, something I would intend to read again. I also don't read a lot of short stories. So giving a collection of short stories 5 stars is a complete and utter shock for me. I Died Yesterday is such a book. This is the kind of book writers should read for the prose, readers for the twists and awe, and apple pie moms to shock themselves out from behind bible study and illusory white picket fences. Each of the five stories has a unique twist; some shocking, others simply unexpected. I don't want to give them away - you'll have to read them yourself. Even if you don't like horror, read this book for the delicious prose. Graham can write. Sparingly. Ever word matters. Get this book. Read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Breck

    Wow.. I'm struggling to say that I liked this book despite the fact that I did. But it's not the kind of book that you particularly enjoy reading and certainly not one to be read in the dark or anywhere that you don't feel safe and comfortable. Andy Graham has a particular talent of being able to shine a cold light onto some of the blackest motivations of man without becoming too emotional or judgemental about any of it. His imagination is first class yet there's a bleakness that is tough to sto Wow.. I'm struggling to say that I liked this book despite the fact that I did. But it's not the kind of book that you particularly enjoy reading and certainly not one to be read in the dark or anywhere that you don't feel safe and comfortable. Andy Graham has a particular talent of being able to shine a cold light onto some of the blackest motivations of man without becoming too emotional or judgemental about any of it. His imagination is first class yet there's a bleakness that is tough to stomach in large quantities. There are only five short stories here but I challenge to read them all at once.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    Not for the faint of heart! Knowing what this book was supposed to be about already had me tensing up and anticipating bad things to come. From the first line of “I Died Yesterday” the reader is grabbed and dragged along on a strange tale. This book was my Halloween treat to enjoy, and it’s worth every shiver. Very well done and will definitely hold your attention! I recommend the book, but you might want to read it in the daytime and with someone else around – to share the shudders with, of cour Not for the faint of heart! Knowing what this book was supposed to be about already had me tensing up and anticipating bad things to come. From the first line of “I Died Yesterday” the reader is grabbed and dragged along on a strange tale. This book was my Halloween treat to enjoy, and it’s worth every shiver. Very well done and will definitely hold your attention! I recommend the book, but you might want to read it in the daytime and with someone else around – to share the shudders with, of course! Good book, well done! I voluntarily reviewed this book and my comments reflect my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Reed

    Disturbed in the best way. These stories are delightfully disturbing. Each one in their own way. Twisted. Gorgeous. Great imagery and awesome characters. He just drops you right down and you follow along that character's journey until you're left feeling chilled and amused. Sometimes you're scrambling to catch up, but it totally works. Keeps you guessing. Really loved it. Disturbed in the best way. These stories are delightfully disturbing. Each one in their own way. Twisted. Gorgeous. Great imagery and awesome characters. He just drops you right down and you follow along that character's journey until you're left feeling chilled and amused. Sometimes you're scrambling to catch up, but it totally works. Keeps you guessing. Really loved it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    5 short stories guaranteed to send shivers of disgust down the spine while you read. I received an ARC of this book if I reviewed it, NOT my typical read. I don’t really care for short stories, not enough depth or development, and I doubt I’ll read any more by this author if all his work is like this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    VeronicaMarie1986

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and am choosing to review it. I loved all five of the creepy stories in this book. I am a huge fan of all-things-horror and this one does not disappoint. The stories are pretty short, but that in no way takes away from them. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and quick Halloween read or for horror fans in general.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    A few short, unhappy stories that stay with you despite their content. Well written and enjoyable All different types of stories, that keep you interested until the end

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brent Brophy

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