Book Review: Dark Visions by Dan Alatorre (with Robbie Cheadle and others)

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Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 (The Box Under The Bed)Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 by Dan Alatorre (Author), Allison Maruska (Author), Jenifer Ruff (Author), Adele Marie Park (Author),

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Today launched an anthology of ~30 horror stories from multiple authors in a collection called Dark Visions, the second in the Box Under the Bed volume. Although it was edited / Arranged by Dan Alatorre, I was given a heads up by a blogger who I follow named Robbie Cheadle. Robbie and her son write children’s books for the Sir Chocolate series, which I’ve read and reviewed, as well as promoted on my blog — they are fantastic and deserve a lot of praise and attention. When Robbie mentioned she’d written a few darker stories, I jumped on it. I knew she’d written other works, but I wasn’t familiar with them. Now I am as she has two in this wonderful collection. As I skimmed the table of contents, I found 4 other authors who blog that I’ve followed over the last year. How fun is that!

I read all of the stories / poems. They range from 2 pages to about 20 pages, and the entire collection is probably around the 250 page mark. From light spooky stories to much darker, its range is strong and inviting. Nothing is so scary that you’ll run in fear, but there’s a lot beyond subtle to find tantalizing. I do like this type of fiction, so it was a good fit for me. There’s also hardly any gore (none I can actually remember, but taste in this subject can be subjective and personal). It’s more about pushing the envelope with the air of mystery, the hint of suspense, and the suggestion of something very bad or impacting occurring.

I won’t point out any favorites since there’s a lot to cover, but I will highlight Robbie’s pieces because I do think she deserves the attention. The first is called “The Haunting of William Cheadle” which makes you wonder… which family member is she trying to spook? An early line: ‘it’s sticky, like blood.’ There’s a housekeeper I pictured as a certain character from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca who keeps someone in line. It’s all covered in a fine dose of murky and sinister fog… which makes for a very eerie and cool story. The other, The Willow Tree, my favorite kind, involves a doctor… something found in a bag… the tree… and a lot more I can’t tell you! But it’s enough to make you want to read more from Cheadle in this genre.

So… if you’re looking for a few traditional and some non-traditional spooky stories, an opportunity to sample different writers and styles, or a collection of short works to read throughout the next few weeks when the nights get shorts and darker, the ghosts come out to haunt us, and the season turns rather chilly, you’ve found a great place to start!

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: Dark Visions by Dan Alatorre (with Robbie Cheadle and others)

    RoseMarie said:
    October 15, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Wow! Well horror being one of my favourite genres, sounds like I should check it out. 😁

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    Plot Monster said:
    October 15, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Reblogged this on Plot Monster and commented:
    Thank you for a great review from James J. Cudney IV!

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    Sia Billion said:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    I hella don’t like horror but it was a good post 😄👍

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    October 16, 2018 at 3:33 AM

    Thank you for this great review, Jay, and for the shout out for my two stories. I am delighted you enjoyed my first steps into supernatural/horror. This is my new blog for my adult writing.

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    October 16, 2018 at 3:36 AM

    Reblogged this on Roberta Writes and commented:
    Author, James Cudney, has reviewed Dark Visions horror anthology, edited by Amazon best selling author Dan Alatorre. He has specifically commented on my two short stories included in this anthology. Do pop over and read his review and while you are there check out Jay’s fabulous books including his new release, Academic Curveball.

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    Priscilla Bettis said:
    October 16, 2018 at 7:01 AM

    I generally prefer novels over short stories, but horror is one genre that works well in short stories. Thanks for reviewing this for us.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 16, 2018 at 7:08 AM

      You’re very welcome. I will have to go back to see which story was yours. (assuming you were in it, but I could be wrong)! Congratulations.


      robbiesinspiration said:
      October 17, 2018 at 12:43 AM

      I also think horror works quite well as short stories, Priscilla. Thanks for reading.

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    ellenbest24 said:
    October 22, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    A super review thank you from another of those hiding betwixt the pages 😄

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