I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.On The Night Border by James Chambers
Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press on September 12, 2019
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Dark things stir in the night. When the world sleeps and quiet settles in, shadows assume sinister shapes, guilt and regret well up from the mind’s deepest recesses, and the lonely face their greatest fears. Darkness bares the secret truths whispered on the lips of the lost and the desperate. At night, terrors come alive. For those who journey too far into the dark, no escape remains—but there is a place from which to view these nightmares, a place…on the night border.
The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak.
A literary legend confronts the reality of a chaotic, uncaring universe. A young girl grows up in the shadow of a ferocious monster. A man seeks to kill his memories. Love defeats death in an odd world not unlike our own. An artist’s drawings unlock a terrifying truth of his adopted city. A mask burns. The mother of plagues offers a deadly future.
Readers will find here all of these and many other visions of what lies on the far side of the line, including, by special arrangement, stories of Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Walk up to the edge. Listen to the whispers on the wind. Peer across at the terrors beyond from your vantage point…on the night border!
On the Night Border by Bram Stoker award winning author James Chambers is a short story horror collective that offers a little bit of everything for any horror fan. From stories that are straight up horror filled, some with elements of fantasy, lore and the macabre, Chambers has captured something truly frightening in each one of the fifteen stories in this collective. Stories that I enjoyed reading include:
Marco Polo: We have all played this game when we were kids, but in this story Marco Polo takes a sinister turn when a mask, found in a burnt out super mart, takes a life of its own with some deadly consequences.
Lost Daughters: When Drew stumbles upon three young women looking over the side of “suicide bridge,” he does what any good samaritan would do. He tries to help the young women from making the worst mistake of their lives. Only, the three women turn out to be a lot more than Drew ever bargained for when they turn on him, his life hanging in the balance
The Driver, Under a Cheshire Moon: A driver is showing his passenger a scrapbook he has been making in regards to children who have had bad things happen to them. What seems like an “innocent” enough ride with a driver who is passionate about the welfare of children soon takes a sinister turn when his passengers are not the “ordinary” kind.
One thing I have taken away from each of these stories and it is something that the author makes note of in his introduction about “beginnings.” The beginning of a story can make or break any story and having a good first hook will draw readers in. James Chambers has really captured this statement in every one of his stories in this collective. I found myself thoroughly enjoying and being hooked right from the first few sentences of each story. Since every story is different in it’s horror themed setting, I began to notice looking forward to what secrets would be discovered.
While I loved each story, there definitely were a few favorites and I think my favorite out of all of them was definitely Marco Polo. This short story really gives new meaning to the game Marco Polo which I am sure all of us have played when we were children. Really creepy and I will probably always remember this story for a very long time.
If you are a fan of horror then you definitely do not want to miss this collection of stories that are sure to make you sleep with the lights on and maybe even hiding under the covers!