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UrnTold Tales of Horror and Dread: A Scary Short Story Collection

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This short story collection aims to bring you a chill with the compact tales included. Aimed at the horror fan who in this frightfully busy world may struggle to find the time to read as much as they'd like to, this book is intended to sate that appetite for dread in the spare moments between the genuine terror of a schedule that is too full.


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This short story collection aims to bring you a chill with the compact tales included. Aimed at the horror fan who in this frightfully busy world may struggle to find the time to read as much as they'd like to, this book is intended to sate that appetite for dread in the spare moments between the genuine terror of a schedule that is too full.

51 review for UrnTold Tales of Horror and Dread: A Scary Short Story Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Char

    Seldom at a loss for words, here I sit, trying to figure out what to say about this collection. In July, I was contacted by the author asking if I was interested in reading this book. Even though I was currently closed to new requests, I accepted with the provision that I wouldn't be able to read it until at least the end of the year. Well, here we are, December 26th, I've read it and I LOVED it and I'm sorry I had to wait so long before I could fit in to my schedule. There were several stories Seldom at a loss for words, here I sit, trying to figure out what to say about this collection. In July, I was contacted by the author asking if I was interested in reading this book. Even though I was currently closed to new requests, I accepted with the provision that I wouldn't be able to read it until at least the end of the year. Well, here we are, December 26th, I've read it and I LOVED it and I'm sorry I had to wait so long before I could fit in to my schedule. There were several stories here that were pure perfection, such as: THE TOOTH FAIRY AND ITS FORMS ACROSS THE WORLD: Is there anything scarier than the dentist? How 'bout the Tooth Fairy? I DON'T LIKE DOLLS: Nor do I but this story ROCKED! MR. SPINS GAMES AND THINGS: OMG, still at a loss for words over this one! ALONE IN THE SNOW: Have you ever been outside in the snow for a lengthy bit of time? The silence is scary. But the voices and the giggling are even worse. RAMSGATE HOUSE: Picture an Air B&B rental with the only restriction being that you don't enter the basement. Would you then enter the basement? THERE'S PIRATE TREASURE IN THE LAKE: A poignant tale that almost brought a tear to my eye. There are bonus tales at the end of my paperback copy, ones that are not listed on the table of contents. I liked those too, most especially HOME AT LAST. So, I have this book here-I absolutely adored it. (I just emailed the author about how much I adore it.) I find it strange that I cannot find this author on Twitter or on Goodreads or over on Facebook. I don't even know this author's gender, age or anything else for that matter. What I do know is that this book of tales is phenomenal! It's been a long, long time since a self-published work has stirred me up this much. The prose is polished, the book is excellently edited, (better than some from the big 6, to be honest), and I feel lost not being able to get in touch with this author RIGHT NOW to tell them how honored I am to have been chosen to read URNTOLD TALES. My highest recommendation! Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/2ryLxmA *I received a paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    I received this book from the author J.B. Lovet for free for an honest review. I want to apologize to Lovet for taking so long to get through this collection of short stories. With short story collections I usually go about reviewing them by telling you my favorite stories and my least favorite stories. I'll do the same this time. There are 12 short stories in here and for the most part they were all good, of course, some better than others. Going through my notes I can definitely say that the fir I received this book from the author J.B. Lovet for free for an honest review. I want to apologize to Lovet for taking so long to get through this collection of short stories. With short story collections I usually go about reviewing them by telling you my favorite stories and my least favorite stories. I'll do the same this time. There are 12 short stories in here and for the most part they were all good, of course, some better than others. Going through my notes I can definitely say that the first story in the collection was my favorite. "The Tooth Fairy and It's Forms Across the World" was my first taste of the author and at first I really thought the author was also a teacher of some kind, giving us a history lesson of the origins of the Tooth Fairy, kind of like how Alvin Schwartz told the readers all about the scary stories and their origins inScary Stories to Tell in the Dark . There is definitely a moment when I said out loud "oh crap!" Story #2 is also really good it's called "Dedushka’s Gift", it's about a set of nesting dolls given to a grandson by his old grandpa or dedushka. They were made by his Babushka (grandma) before she past away. The son of the Dedushka didn't believe in the old stories his father said and would discourage his son to listen to the "ravings" of an old man. Eventually the grandpa died and the grandson forgot all about his nesting dolls. In the future, the grandson is on the verge of a divorce. The "ex-wife" doesn't want to go to counseling and has decided to share custody of their daughter. The grandson starts cleaning out his office and comes upon the old nesting dolls. He says while holding the dolls that he wished his "ex-wife" would change her mind. And the next day the wife does! The grandson is so happy and curious about the "magic" nesting dolls and again makes a "wish". What happens at the end is great. Really liked the creep factor of this one. Story #3 is again such a good one. It was like the author put his best stories first so that you would keep reading. This one is called "The Gap in the Wall" and is about a sinister demon who lives in a wall where the main character's best friend lives. The friend has been sick the past few weeks and hasn't been able to play so our main character sleeps over and witnesses the demon first hand. The rest of the story she is trying to keep her friend safe from the scary monster. I really liked how the demon was interacting with the girls. Very creepy. Story #11 is called "Ramsgate House" and this one was a longish one and was pretty cool. Our main character needs a vacation and decides to get away by renting out the Ramsgate House for a few days. The owner has put one thing on the agreement that must be obeyed. "Do not go into or open the basement!" Of course our main character thinks there is no way she is going to follow that one rule. I mean come on! That is the most creepy and intriguing rule possible. So she of course immediately does that and regrets it. I really like the twist of this story. It totally made sense and I found it was a great way to end the tale. The rest of the stories were just okay. They were weird and entertaining, but not my favorite. I always say, collections of short stories are always a hit or miss with me. It's hard to make an entire book of short stories excellent, because people have all kinds of tastes and can never decide on what is scary or not. Over all I found this collection to be very entertaining and can't wait to pick up more by this author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Daley

    You can read my full review on my blog here: https://letsgetgalactic.com/2019/10/2... It’s no secret that I love short story collections; working 4 jobs, having a blog, running an Etsy, and even just existing gets pretty busy sometimes, and it can be hard for me to find the time to devote to an entire thick book the same way I used to. Because of this busy lifestyle, my recent reads have been pretty short in nature, from novellas and flash fiction to collections like this one. I hadn’t heard of th You can read my full review on my blog here: https://letsgetgalactic.com/2019/10/2... It’s no secret that I love short story collections; working 4 jobs, having a blog, running an Etsy, and even just existing gets pretty busy sometimes, and it can be hard for me to find the time to devote to an entire thick book the same way I used to. Because of this busy lifestyle, my recent reads have been pretty short in nature, from novellas and flash fiction to collections like this one. I hadn’t heard of the author before, and when they reached out to me to review the book, I will admit to being a little hesitant. I never want to waste anyone’s time, and I’ve had someone in the past become very aggressive because I didn’t get to their book fast enough for their liking, so whenever I get a message or email from someone I’m unfamiliar with, I try to really evaluate if I think the book and situation would be a good fit for me. In the proposal email, the author mentioned that the reason they were drawn to the short story format was because of a busy life as well, which I absolutely relate to. Ultimately, I decided that JB Lovet’s collection sounded like one I really wanted to read, and they sent the book over to me pretty soon after. Upon seeing it, I was glad I’d made the decision that I did – I love the cover design so much! It really ties in with the first story, too, and yikes! Once I got to reading it, all it took was the first story to draw me in and get me hooked – it was so good! Each story was different from the last, and the way they’re written gives the characters their own distinct voices for each one, which isn’t easy to do in a collection like this. This collection has a little bit of everything, which is great for those like me who love a lot of different things in horror. Spooky dolls, monsters, crazy killers, tragedy, folklore, the works! My favorite stories are below, and there are actually a couple of bonus stories at the end of the book that aren’t part of the main collection, but are still worth reading ’cause they’re also pretty good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reginas..Haunted..Library

    3.5 stars. Thanks to the author for sending me a free copy of this book. I quite enjoyed this slim volume, but like many collections, some of the stories were better than others. My favorites included the one about a demented "tooth fairy" and an actor hired as an extra for the most diabolical game show imaginable. These are mostly tales of quiet horror, with a bite!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deacon D.

    A great collection of some seriously creepy stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Cool stories! It's always a toss up when reading books of short stories. I've either read the stories before like in a creepypasta or something, or they just aren't very good. That isn't the case with this book at all. I truly enjoyed reading it and each story is better than the one before it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick scare!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Urntold Tales of Horror and Dread is a collection you should absolutely have on your shelf. Whether you are a reader, a writer, or both, this is a concise collection of skillfully crafted stories. Trimmed down to the bare essentials, there’s no fat on the bones of this collection, and those bones are dreadful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shari Bonds

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carla Taylor

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samatha Ogle

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cher riley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Blackbear

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mikal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Duvie Dafinone

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sally Shelton

  18. 4 out of 5

    April Marie Alexander-Peck

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rosealie Salls

  20. 5 out of 5

    yolanda harrison moore

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Ronan

  22. 5 out of 5

    derek burns

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Bielawa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy D Ronnei

  25. 4 out of 5

    efrit

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Fortin

  27. 5 out of 5

    pat beaudin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Reining

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara Elizabeth

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  31. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Numa

  32. 5 out of 5

    James Prince

  33. 5 out of 5

    Regina Smith Gray

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  35. 5 out of 5

    beth hamlett

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kymberly Salters-howard

  37. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Klinkovsky

  38. 4 out of 5

    lori durkee

  39. 5 out of 5

    Christina Olden

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Pece

  41. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Ballman

  42. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Carter

  43. 4 out of 5

    Julie Hansen

  44. 4 out of 5

    celeste c

  45. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Nasta

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cindy L Kittelson

  47. 5 out of 5

    Mama's Kindle

  48. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Engels

  49. 4 out of 5

    Vikki M Hall

  50. 5 out of 5

    Artem

  51. 5 out of 5

    Debi Meyer

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