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Time and Again
Jack Finney
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Nathan Burgoine, Toby W. Rush, Rhiannon Kelly, Ryan Estrada, George Page III, Chandler Kaiden, Tom Francis, Grace Seybold, D.L.E. Roger, Daliso Chaponda, John Takis, Ada Hoffmann, Rebecca Black, Karen Stay Ahlstrom, Gord Sellar, M
Nocturnes - John Connolly It's kind of hard for me to figure out how I felt about this collection of stories. On one hand, I found most of the stories creepy enough (none of them were really scary, but then I never find books all that scary), and I thought they were pretty well-written standard creepy monster/demon thing Lovecraftian horror. On the other hand, most of the stories were a little too predictable and too brief while still supplying needless details (I felt as though the author was trying to set the scene, but most of the time, I just didn't care about those odd little details he was giving). And none of the creepy monster/demon things were really that terrifying. Maybe I subscribe more to the idea that keeping the details of a monster or enemy hidden is more frightening than telling the reader what it is outright, kind of like Alien.

I couldn't shake the feeling I had read most of these stories before, probably from the author drawing on standard horror cliches and monster descriptions. It really felt old-fashioned, which might be what he was going for. Still worth a read.