Sunday, July 17, 2011

One Buck Horror Review

One Buck Horror is a brand new magazine selling horror short stories for, you guessed it, a buck. The first issue is available now and I had the great pleasure of reading it for this review. As I've said before and will say again, I love short stories.

This first issue has a theme, for me a good theme. Every of the five stories have children (some of them quite young and some teens) as the main characters. Now, there are people out there who disapprove of stories where kids get...uh, into trouble, major trouble. I say, this is horror and what's more frightening than bad things happening to children? One of my favorite stories in this issue was the first so short it might be a flash story entitled, "Jenny's House," a little gem.

Now I really liked One Buck Horror. For a couple of strong reasons. One is that these are truly horror stories, awful bizarre things happen to good people. Delightful, to my sensibilities. Some stories labeled "horror" are too vague/literary for my taste. If I have to ask, did somebody have something bad happen to them or not? I don't consider it horror. The other reason is that none of the stories are horrendously long. By that I mean over 5000 words. In printed anthologies, sometimes there are no stories that are actually short. Give me something tight and quick and hard with bite.

So, if you enjoy horror short stories, buy One Buck Horror!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Here's Puck, the rat terrorist, channeling Uncle Sam with the help of Baxter's fur!