"Doorbells at Dusk" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by Corpus Press
Edited by Evans Light
2018, 292 pages, Fiction
Released on September 3rd, 2018
Hello boys and ghouls. If you’re in the market for the perfect book to get you in the Halloween mood, look no further than Doorbells at Dusk. This is an amazing anthology with a lot of fun and original stories that might make you leave the lights on at bedtime.
My favorite of the lot has to be "Rusty Hulk", written by the book’s editor, Evans Light. It’s a macabre little tale featuring Rusty, a Halloween enthusiast who finds himself a hostage to a mysterious stranger. What I love about this tale is how the author reveals an amazing twist in the middle of the story and changes everything the reader thinks they know. The twist is not forced and goes with the flow of the narrative.
Coming up next is "Adam’s Bed" by Josh Malerman. We meet Ronnie, who is reluctantly giving up on fun and sun to throw his son Adam a birthday party. A mysterious party crasher and a potential monster under the bed quickly kill the festivities and initiate a proper night of fear. It’s like that movie The Babadook, only I didn’t want to smack the kid throughout the whole thing.
Fair warning, but "Vigil" by Chad Lutkze might tug on your heartstrings a little. It explores a tight-knit neighborhood dealing with tragedy yet trying to find a way to plug on with their lives. That thin line of hopeful optimism buried in such a dark story made me tear up a bit.
Another favorite of is "Mr. Impossible" by Gregor Zane. "Mr. Impossible" is about a Halloween block party turned into chaos when the kids transofrm into rabid beasts. It’s kind of like that time my three-year-old stepbrother helped himself to a whole bottle of Pepsi when I was babysitting. The horror, the horror! What transpires next is action packed and just all around fun, honestly this story is a movie screaming to happen.
"Mr. Friendly" by Thomas Vaughn is an amazing addition to this anthology. The plot centers on The Friendly Man, a murderer who discovers that he might have some competition from an innocent trick or treater. This story has a macabre All About Eve feel and made me wish for a longer showdown between the two characters.
Seriously if you love horror then check out Doorbells At Dusk, you won’t be disappointed.