An excellent read and very highly recommended
There is little more primordially frightening to us than the unknown. “The Endlands” is a collection of short stories aimed to frighten and ponder what we all fear the most, what’s behind that corner, what is there to antagonize us and what we simply cannot explain. With plenty to ponder and plenty to make it quite hard to put down, “The Endlands” is an excellent read and very highly recommended.
-Midwest Book Review
Old School Horror for a New Generation!
I have to admit that I have a strong bias for old things: old music, artwork, stories, movies, buildings, etc.. Although there are many wonderful contemporary tales available for consumption, I find myself yearning for the stories of yesteryear, in particular classical horror.
I grew up watching shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, staying up way past my bedtime as a kid to greedily devour every creepy episode that played on my television set in the wee hours of the morning. I’d always lamented that to get my literary fix of the equivalent of these landmark TV shows, I was limited to reading H.P. Lovecraft or the old dime novels or pulp magazines of the 50’s and 60’s. Just when I had given up hope that I would ever read a contemporary novel that would carry on the tradition that Rod Serling and Lovecraft pioneered, I was graced with a copy of The Endlands by Vincent Hobbes.
This wonderfully conceived anthology contains several short stories written by various talented authors including Mr. Hobbes. I am made speechless by the prolific writing and excellence of the stories contained within the pages of The Endlands. There are no throwaway tales. Each story is masterfully written, ranging from the supernatural to the macabre, all evoking a sense of wonder or terror. What impresses me most about this book is that unlike most contemporary horror novels, The Endlands doesn’t rely on cheap gimmicks or excessive gore to terrify the reader. This is good old-fashioned horror in the classic mode. The psychological terror of the tales in this book will leave any reader with goose bumps.
The stories contained within The Endlands range from horror, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi, but are all meant to shock and stimulate the senses. Though I consider all of the stories in this book to be noteworthy, I have to say my personal favorite was ‘To Read or Not to Read’ by Vincent Hobbes. This story sums up what The Endlands is all about.
It’s been a while since a book impressed me this much. The Endlands is a book you won’t soon forget. I recommend this book to any reader who loves to be scared and isn’t afraid to wonder what may happen when they turn out the lights.
Imagine a place just a little removed from reality, a place where nothing is as it seems, and where anything could be just around the corner. Imagine no more: The Endlands is here.
The birth of a baby in the average hospital becomes distinctly un-average when the woman gives birth to a baby with large, black eyes, bat-like ears and a form of telepathy. Thousands of such births are happening all over the world at the same time, as if God is introducing the newest species of mankind.
A trucker picks up a hitchhiker who takes him to an out-of-the-way place with the best barbeque ever. Waking up after being drugged, the trucker finds himself in a barrel of barbeque sauce. A sign on the wall says that all meat must marinate for 24 hours, before being cooked and served to the public.
A soldier has been taught, nearly from birth, that his homeland has been overrun with demons and vampires, who engage in all kinds of unholy rituals. Most of them have been liquidated, but not all. The soldier is going to a certain house to investigate a report of such activities. He bursts in, and kills the family inside, including children and a baby. Only then does he realize that they were human all along, and the only thing they had going against them was being Jewish.
In a seacoast town, whales suddenly start rising out of the water, like giant zeppelins. At first, it is very cool, attracting the world’s media. It becomes un-cool when the whales swoop down on people and feed on them.
Charlie is one of those who is chronically early for everything. He has received his summons from the government, one with severe penalties for non-compliance. It seems as if the world is conspiring to make him late; the traffic is heavier than usual, he has a hard time finding a parking space and he must wait at the front desk to be checked in. Finally, he gets to the right room, and sits there alone, when the gas is turned on.
These are not specifically science fiction, or fantasy, or horror stories, but the sort of stories that could easily be made into episodes of “The Twilight Zone” TV show. In fact, the book is dedicated to Rod Serling. These stories will give the reader a kick in the psyche, and they are very good.
-Dead Trees Review
“The Endlands” is an excellent collection of stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. All the authors that contributed have a mastery of their craft and never let you see what twist the story is about to take. I highly reccomend this book to everyone who loves a good scary story with endings you cannot see coming.
I received this book for free from the Goodreads first reads program.
I have been enjoying reading this collection of short stories. I don’t read many story collections, but I am realizing how much I like them. A short story doesn’t take much time commitment and can be finished in one sitting. It is perfect if you have a busy life and don’t have much time to sit and read. You can finish a short story quickly and get all the emotional payoff of reading a longer novel. Here are my thoughts on some of the stories.
Loose Ends – an interesting concept. The story was very short but also a little poignant.
To Read or Not To Read – a fun story to read. The ending was funny, in a dark humor sort of way. I like stories about people who like to read. This also seemed like a cool and unique story.
Phases of Normal – an interesting tale of a future where everyone tries to be the same.
King of the Jungle – the ending was a little predictable.
A Night in Polidoria – I just wondered why anyone would stay in that town.
Thanksgiving – I love stories about the reporter finding out that what is happening is way bigger than previously thought.
The Best BBQ on the Interstate – this one was fun to read. But a little too easy for me to guess the ending.
Glass Prison – I think my favorite of all the stories. I got a real sense of character.
I did read the entire book. I enjoy this genre and read quite a bit. Maybe I have read too many books, because it was easy to predict where most of the stories were going. I think that cut down on the “shock” factor of many of the endings. This would be a great book for someone who hasn’t read a lot of horror stories, and who’s mind doesn’t automatically jump to what would make for a scary ending. Many of the stories were well written and it would be enjoyable to read more from the authors.
I love short stories and I love new authors, so this collection was perfect for me. The Endlands is an anthology spanning many genres, but all the stories have one thing in common: a WTF moment. Several authors contributed to the collection, and I liked the different styles that were displayed. As with any short story collection, some were better than others. The ones that stick out in my mind are:
Flying Fish by David Stubblefield
This whole story is a WTF moment. Flying whales? Huh? Very unique
The Hour of the Time by Vincent Hobbes
Love dystopia!! This story has a fast pace that I just loved.
The Best BBQ on the Interstate by Jennifer Chapman
Can you say Texas Chainsaw Massacre? But with a little bit of humor.
The Dragon of Delinar by Vincent Hobbes
You don’t often see fantasy short stories, especially one with a crazy twist ending.
To Read or Not to Read by Vincent Hobbes
Just a great concept. I want to go to a bookstore like this, but preferably with a better outcome!
Into the Small Hours by Patrick Greene
Another WTF story, but with a very creepy tone.
Overall, a great collection. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the short story
I was glad I won this book! Great stories, full of supense. All unique and original
A wonderful collection overall. Like many anthologies, some of the stories were not as good as the rest, but I found this to be a great tribute to Rod Serling.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I appreciated the unique mix of stories that the book contained. Even reading in broad daylight, some were quite scary, especially because a few of them did not seem that far out there. I will certainly be locking doors and leaving lights on tonight, pretending I don’t hear any unusual noises.
The stories I enjoyed the most were:
-“To Read or Not to Read” by Vincent Hobbes (Really great story idea!)
-“Into the Small Hours” by Patrick Greene (Awesome!!!)
Least Favorite were:
-“Finders Keepers” by Janelle Garcia
-“Glass Prison” by Christina Estabrook
-“Limbo, Population 458″ by Vincent Hobbes (Seemed similar to “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band” by Stephen King, but not as enjoyable)
-“The Dragon of Delinar” by Vincent Hobbes
I recently received this book as a giveaway from GoodReads.
The Endlands was an enjoyable collection of short stories from several authors. All of the stories are written in the style of The Twilight Zone.
The only negative I can say about the book is that it went by so quickly. It left me wanting more.