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In response to our worldwide call, we received a total of 824 horror short story submissions for this book – adding up to a staggering total of over three million words. But we read them all, selecting only the best of the best stories to include in this book. That is why when we say this book is something special, we mean it – and that when we say it contains the best in In response to our worldwide call, we received a total of 824 horror short story submissions for this book – adding up to a staggering total of over three million words. But we read them all, selecting only the best of the best stories to include in this book. That is why when we say this book is something special, we mean it – and that when we say it contains the best in new horror short stories, that is no hyperbole. We love horror, and the stories included in this book prove that it’s a genre where great imagination and great writing are more than possible. From the opening story “Suds and Monsters”, which might put you off washing dishes for good, to the closing story “Scythe”, which brings the proceedings to a short sharp close, each contribution will bring new horrors to unsettle you. We can guarantee you will find brilliant new horror writing here, but what you won’t find is a collection full of those who have star names (yet). We’re proud to include here both a story from at least one author who has sold books in the millions and a story from at least one author whose work has never been published before. We’ve simply included the very, very best of the stories, without fear or favour, to bring you the very best modern horror anthology possible. The full list of contributing authors is: 1. Christopher Stanley 2. John Haas 3. Sue Bentley 4. C.C. Adams 5. Molly Thynes 6. Felix Flynn 7. Adam Meyer 8. Jo Gilmour 9. Tricia Lowther 10. A.P. Sessler 11. Sue Eaton 12. Jess Doyle 13. Viktoria Faust 14. Ryan Harville 15. Richard A. Shury 16. Colette Bennett 17. Florence Ann Marlowe 18. Jeremy Megargee


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In response to our worldwide call, we received a total of 824 horror short story submissions for this book – adding up to a staggering total of over three million words. But we read them all, selecting only the best of the best stories to include in this book. That is why when we say this book is something special, we mean it – and that when we say it contains the best in In response to our worldwide call, we received a total of 824 horror short story submissions for this book – adding up to a staggering total of over three million words. But we read them all, selecting only the best of the best stories to include in this book. That is why when we say this book is something special, we mean it – and that when we say it contains the best in new horror short stories, that is no hyperbole. We love horror, and the stories included in this book prove that it’s a genre where great imagination and great writing are more than possible. From the opening story “Suds and Monsters”, which might put you off washing dishes for good, to the closing story “Scythe”, which brings the proceedings to a short sharp close, each contribution will bring new horrors to unsettle you. We can guarantee you will find brilliant new horror writing here, but what you won’t find is a collection full of those who have star names (yet). We’re proud to include here both a story from at least one author who has sold books in the millions and a story from at least one author whose work has never been published before. We’ve simply included the very, very best of the stories, without fear or favour, to bring you the very best modern horror anthology possible. The full list of contributing authors is: 1. Christopher Stanley 2. John Haas 3. Sue Bentley 4. C.C. Adams 5. Molly Thynes 6. Felix Flynn 7. Adam Meyer 8. Jo Gilmour 9. Tricia Lowther 10. A.P. Sessler 11. Sue Eaton 12. Jess Doyle 13. Viktoria Faust 14. Ryan Harville 15. Richard A. Shury 16. Colette Bennett 17. Florence Ann Marlowe 18. Jeremy Megargee

30 review for The Third Corona Book of Horror Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Within these pages, you will find ghostly apparitions, sinister secrets, grisly murders, gruesome hobbies, and debilitating loss. All of the authors are new to me, and although every story may not have been my cup of tea, each brings something unique to the table. This was an eclectic mix of tales that ranged from dark humor, to the more heart pounding horror and everything in between. My favorites in this anthology were "Suds and Monsters" by Christopher Stanley which is a timeless darkly comed Within these pages, you will find ghostly apparitions, sinister secrets, grisly murders, gruesome hobbies, and debilitating loss. All of the authors are new to me, and although every story may not have been my cup of tea, each brings something unique to the table. This was an eclectic mix of tales that ranged from dark humor, to the more heart pounding horror and everything in between. My favorites in this anthology were "Suds and Monsters" by Christopher Stanley which is a timeless darkly comedic tale of hapless stepchild and spiteful stepmother. "The Haunting of April Heights" by Tricia Lowther is a more straight forward horror complete with bumps in the night after a young woman moves into a gloomy apartment with a somber past. "Murderabilia" by Adam Meyer is a slow decent into ghoulish obsession as a collector loses control of his hobby. "The First Circle" by Sue Eaton is creepy fun from start to finish and as someone who watches a lot of old TV the first thing I thought of was an episode of the old Dick Van Dyke Show titled It May Look Like A Walnut and I am sure a lot of you young people are scratching your head wondering what I am talking about but seriously look it up, it's free on YouTube. "Luna Too" by Jess Doyle finds a happy family on holiday who discover more than they expected inside their vacation rental. "A Little Death" by Ryan Harville is both heart breaking and horrifying. I didn't think anything could be worse for a young man than to lose his wife and baby in the same day. I was wrong. "Lily's Kids" by Florence Ann Marlowe begins innocently enough as young Jimmy Wades and his little sister Katie make the acquaintance of some unusual children... but this is a meeting they will soon regret. These for me were the 5 star reads in this anthology. I received an advance copy for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo Gilmour

    Ok. So, I haven't actually read this yet but I'm one of the Authors! I've been a member of goodreads for god knows how many years and to see my name listed as a contributing Author is absolutely mindblowing so I think that shamelessly giving this book ☆☆☆☆☆ is perfectly acceptable actually. Seriously though, it's going to be amazing, so buy it! Ok. So, I haven't actually read this yet but I'm one of the Authors! I've been a member of goodreads for god knows how many years and to see my name listed as a contributing Author is absolutely mindblowing so I think that shamelessly giving this book ☆☆☆☆☆ is perfectly acceptable actually. Seriously though, it's going to be amazing, so buy it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aina

    This is a superb anthology featuring a wide range of horror including psychological, blood and gore, hauntings, and unknown terrors. The authors included are diverse and provide a variety of stories. I liked that each story is not too long but perfectly encapsulated in a few short pages. I don’t often read anthologies as I find them difficult to digest because of the different levels of writing and storytelling. But here there is not a single dud, and the writing is outstanding throughout. Readi This is a superb anthology featuring a wide range of horror including psychological, blood and gore, hauntings, and unknown terrors. The authors included are diverse and provide a variety of stories. I liked that each story is not too long but perfectly encapsulated in a few short pages. I don’t often read anthologies as I find them difficult to digest because of the different levels of writing and storytelling. But here there is not a single dud, and the writing is outstanding throughout. Reading this book made me feel like I never knew where the next scare is coming, and I loved it! Hard to pick a favourite but I really liked “Roxy” by Viktoria Faust which has an ending I didn’t see coming, “Lily’s Kids” by Florence Ann Marlowe which has creepy children (I love them!) and “Old Gods” by Sue Bentley which is just beautifully bleak. Other notable picks are "The Debt" (John Haas), "The Barber" (A.P. Sessler), "The First Circle" (Sue Eaton), "Suds and Monsters" (Christopher Stanley) and "Curious, If Anything" (C.C. Adams). If you’re looking for an anthology with excellent horror short stories by authors you may not have read before I totally recommend this. Just in time for Halloween! Thank you to the publisher for a review copy. book blog | twitter | instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    Review soon! Found some great stories in here, all from authors I haven’t read before, so that’s great!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue Bentley

    OK call me slightly biased because I have a short story, entitled Old God's, included in this book. But it's the other 18 stories from fellow contributors which has spurred me on to rate it a five star read. The stories are varied, all offer chills. Some of them offer more than a wince or two - in a really good - or maybe that should be a horrible - way. This is the third (the clue's in the title!) in this series of unpleasant offerings. Take your pick and read a story that takes your fancy or st OK call me slightly biased because I have a short story, entitled Old God's, included in this book. But it's the other 18 stories from fellow contributors which has spurred me on to rate it a five star read. The stories are varied, all offer chills. Some of them offer more than a wince or two - in a really good - or maybe that should be a horrible - way. This is the third (the clue's in the title!) in this series of unpleasant offerings. Take your pick and read a story that takes your fancy or start at the beginning and read straight through - with the light left on. There's a feel of the Pan Books of Horror about this anthology, which is no bad thing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Clarke

    Review coming soon on scifiandscary.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Menion

    Absolutely ferocious! Definitely the best collection I've read in a long time. It blows away last year's Stoker award winner for anthologies, 'The Devil and the Deep.' This is psychological horror, it isn't just a bunch of short, blood and guts stories. Kudos to the authors on this one, they hit it out of the park. Sorry for not providing a more in depth review, but I already reviewed it elsewhere and I hate re-writing stuff. Just go buy it, you won't be disappointed. Absolutely ferocious! Definitely the best collection I've read in a long time. It blows away last year's Stoker award winner for anthologies, 'The Devil and the Deep.' This is psychological horror, it isn't just a bunch of short, blood and guts stories. Kudos to the authors on this one, they hit it out of the park. Sorry for not providing a more in depth review, but I already reviewed it elsewhere and I hate re-writing stuff. Just go buy it, you won't be disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I particularly liked the story 'Curious, If Anything' - about a man finding the ghost of a corpse in his bath (a la the Shining) and instead of being scared, he's curious to find out who it is. An unusual take on a usual trope. The perspectives of this collection are unique, they take familiar tales and look at them from an angle not expected, interesting point of views and an array of material from ghosts to curses to AI. Would r I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I particularly liked the story 'Curious, If Anything' - about a man finding the ghost of a corpse in his bath (a la the Shining) and instead of being scared, he's curious to find out who it is. An unusual take on a usual trope. The perspectives of this collection are unique, they take familiar tales and look at them from an angle not expected, interesting point of views and an array of material from ghosts to curses to AI. Would recommend for new and seasoned readers of horror.

  9. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Budd

    Excellent! Review coming soon!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Florence Iapicca

    Best anthology I've read in a long time! I love short story collections, especially in the area of horror. This was a fabulously entertaining collection. Well written and thought provoking. Now I have to get the first and second Corona Books of Horror AND their ghost stories! Best anthology I've read in a long time! I love short story collections, especially in the area of horror. This was a fabulously entertaining collection. Well written and thought provoking. Now I have to get the first and second Corona Books of Horror AND their ghost stories!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Lowther

    Another slightly biased author review :) I did really enjoy the stories in this book though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Liked the story by Sue Bentley. Good collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten E.

  14. 4 out of 5

    carol anne Jeffries

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carmel Ison

  16. 5 out of 5

    Viktoria Faust

  17. 4 out of 5

    michelle mclarnon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanie Chevalier

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Biggin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachyboo

  23. 4 out of 5

    Martin Hammond

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Roberts

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann Arundell

  26. 4 out of 5

    EMMA DELANY

  27. 5 out of 5

    G R WARD

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Stanley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dan Coombes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Felix Flynn

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