Monday, August 22, 2016

Blog Tour: Scary Out There Review + Giveaway

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to be the first stop on the Scary Out There blog tour! This is a great collection of short stories and poems about what scares these authors the most! I had a great time (HA) scaring myself reading this one so I hope you enjoy my review and don't miss out on a chance to win this fabulously scary book! 

Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster  
Source: Publisher via Blog Tour 

Multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry compiles more than twenty stories and poems—written by members of the Horror Writers Association—in this terrifying collection about worst fears.

What scares you? Things that go bump in the night? Being irreversibly different? A brutal early death? The unknown?

This collection contains stories and poetry by renowned writers such as R. L. Stine, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Ellen Hopkins—all members of the Horror Writers Association—about what they fear most. The stories include mermaids, ghosts, and personal demons, and are edited by Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker award winner and author of the Rot & Ruin series.
Signing up for this blog tour was my way of doing something outside of my comfort zone. I don't read scary books or watch scary movies or shows or anything. I'm a very jumpy person and I get nightmares for weeks simply by watch a trailer. I couldn't even get through one episode of Supernatural before having to cover my eyes. That said, when I got on this tour I buckled up for a wild ride since some of the authors in this collection are known for their scary stories (looking at you R. L. Stine). In the end, after about a week of reading, I finally finished all the stories and I'm proud of myself for only taking a week to get through them.

In terms of the stories, I was, as always, surprised at how Ellen Hopkins can write creepy things into poems. I've read some of her realistic work and I was so excited that she went this route. Her poems were less frightening than others for me but I enjoyed them none the less especially in a format scary stories aren't generally told in. Kendare Blake, whose Anna Dressed in Blood was a fun, creepy read for me shared a story that seriously creeped me out. I'm deathly afraid of water and when I was younger I wouldn't even go into the deep end of swimming pools so Blake's story was rather uncomfortable. R. L. Stein delivered in his normal fashion and his story was one of my favorites. I think, having read so many of his books (especially since I've been reading him from a very young age) I knew what type of "scary" I was gonna get and it was the perfect type of scary-thriller-WTF to get me to question everything that happens.

Josh Malerman's "Danny" was not a story I should've read at night because wow did it creep me out and make me question everything. I don't want to say more as I don't want to give it away but y'all it was not a fun experience (which is a good thing in this case). Carrie Ryan's "What Happens to Girls Who Disappear" had an ending that frankly broke my heart. Nancy Holder's "Beyond the Sea" was my worst nightmare written on paper and it was not pretty. This story took me the longest to finish because I kept getting freaked out and it's my least favorite because NOPE NOPE NOPE.

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. There wasn't a story I disliked even though some didn't scare me as others did. Of course, there were a few stories in here that left me not wanting to sleep so I think it did its job wonderfully. I hope everyone picks up this book when it comes out! It'll be well worth it!

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

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