Tag Archives: horror

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Dark Matter: Short Stories and Poems, by Rose Perez (1:46)

Today we see that stories without emotional content are clad in immersion-proof armor. What I gleaned about the stories: Some ghosts are so lacking in dramatic back-story that they become less…

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Dark Corners, by Kelsi Summers (1:30)

Today we see that even if readers don’t know the relevant rules, awkward nuances can still be jarring. Sometimes jarring enough to break immersion.

Cheer Up, Jimmy: 3 Melancholy Short Stories, by Dania Sonin (1:31)

Today we see that if you lose the reader’s trust once, they hold the rest of the book to a higher standard.

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Black Cat Tales: Black Anne and Other Short Stories, by Andy Morris (0:56)

Today we see that if your first paragraph loses the reader, the rest don’t matter.

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The Drifter: and other short stories, by Robert Scott-Norton (17:34)

Today we see that invented or foreign prose that is close to English needs to be lampshaded or it feels like an error.