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This is a great collection of over 40 short stories. Most are really good, some are great, and just a few are so-so (in a collection of this many tales not everyone can be a diamond, although I also think that if this had been split into thirds rather than one huge collection the so-so's might stand out more. They aren't bad, just when you compare $100 to $1000 the hundred seems not as impressive. So don't get the wrong idea.
The stories range from all types, and everyone will find something that fits their particular style of horror story. As anthologies go, this is one of the best I have seen, even if it is only made up of the work of 4 combined authors. Most anthologies hit you with one writer per tale, but here you really get a good bite of each man's work, and so you get to know them a lot better than the standard collection allows.
As a horror junkie I can't say these stories terrified me, little does. I haven't seen a "scary" movie since 1975. I am desenitized to it, even though I love it still. This does not mean that the stories are not moving, or disturbing. Quite the oposite actually. I might not have had to sleep with one open, although I am certain that less armored readers would, I was still moved and forced to think about the stories for a while after, and that is a sign of good story-telling. Tales that stick with you like a great stew, rather than a weak broth.
Either way, I look at it like this, the price for this gem is the same for a similar one with 1/3 or 1/2 the stories, and those books always suffer from about 1/2 the stories being good, a few mediocre ones, and the rest just suck outright. Here, you get a least double the normal stuff, and everything in it is decent or waaaay better. You can't go wrong.
If you like horror, dark themes, madness, and demons from hell this is the book for you!
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I loved every minute of Brutal Bedtime Stories. Honestly I haven't encountered a collection of dark tales this good since my childhood favorite Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. These stories were perfect in terms of length, pacing, and timing... really brilliant! I also enjoyed the short biography of each individual author before his section of stories.
The reader was so professional with a beautiful voice and accent... really a top notch narrator who's skill indicates readiness for just about anything (Stephen King, George RR Martin, etc.) He absolutely helped bring these spooky stories to life.
This book is an excellent buy for anyone who likes dark and disturbing short stories and if you're not in that camp you should still check out this book because you may discover what it is that the rest of us love about this genre!
I would like to thank the authors, narrator, and audiobook boom. I received a free copy of this book and have left this fair and unbiased review of my own volition.