Welcome to the Appalachian Terror Trail where horrors as old as the ages wait for you. Whether it's demon daughters tempting the unsuspecting to their doom, vegetation that turns against it less than moral visitors, or the betrayals thirsty to settle the score, these stories will haunt you in the wee hours of the morning. This collection has some stories based loosely baseWelcome to the Appalachian Terror Trail where horrors as old as the ages wait for you. Whether it's demon daughters tempting the unsuspecting to their doom, vegetation that turns against it less than moral visitors, or the betrayals thirsty to settle the score, these stories will haunt you in the wee hours of the morning. This collection has some stories based loosely based on folklore and others plucked from the author's imagination. Walk quietly and carry a big stick down the Appalachian Terror Trail if you dare. Don't say we didn't warn you....
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the appalachian terror trail Reviews
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].'The Appalachian Terror Trail' collected by Tamara Woods⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5Finished on January 14, 2017FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $3.99 on KindleBOOK DESCRIPTION:Welcome to the Appalachian Terror Trail where horrors as old as the ages wait for you.In this collection, seven different authors bring us into the Appalachian Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, to tell us stories, some based loosely on folklore while others come straight from the deepest, darkest parts of their imaginations.MY REVIEW:I read this book as part of my #yearofindiewomen.This collection is an amalgamation of two of my favorite genres: horror and southern fiction. I'm not a Texan by birth, but having spent the vast majority of my life here, I'm a Texan in heart, so I have a deep love of good southern fiction. My all-time favorite author is Flannery O'Connor and a close second is Eudora Welty. Southern fiction holds a special place deep in my heart, and when you combine that with horror, my greatest literary love, you've hit the absolute jackpot in my book. This collection was like winning the lottery for me.This collection includes the following stories:"The Sin-Eater" by Laura A. Lord"Thicker Than..." James Gardner"The Harper Tree" by J.R. Smith"Hate" by Josh Shiben"Scrubbers" by Ian Fitzgerald"The Bone Staircase" by C.W. Blackwell"In The Glen" by Tamara Woods"The Sin-Eater" by Laura A. LordIn this story, we meet a young girl whose father has just died and whose family is preparing him for his funeral. Part of the ritual includes the arrival of The Sin-Eater, someone who comes to take away the sins of a person who's died without being cleansed of their sins by a priest. But when she witnesses The Sin-Eater eating her sister's sin before her father's, she might have bitten off more than she can chew, too.-- This story is chilling and sad. As someone who's lost her father, I understand the feeling of not being able to grieve immediately but feeling the pressure to cry. It's confusing and oh-so-guilty and something you carry around with you for years. What she witnesses done by The Sin-Eater is horrifying and can be triggering if you've had a history with sexual assault (just as a warning), but it's heartbreaking because she's so innocent and doesn't understand what she's witnessed. This is horror well done."Thicker Than..." by James GardnerAvery left her hometown and started a new life with a new name after she tried and failed to kill herself. She walked into a river with her infant daughter, planning to kill them both, but only her daughter drowned. Now, the town has an urban legend about the ghost of a baby that haunts the waterway. Avery has reluctantly returned home at the behest of her twin sister who she believes hopes to make amends after the death of their father, but things aren't all they seem.-- What is it about good horror that is also heartbreaking? Because this is another one that does it and does it well. At first, I was confused, I'll admit, at what the heck was happening, but once it clicked I liked this story a lot. The ending really hurt my heart. I had to put the book down and walk away for a little while to let it marinate. It's one of those stories that just hits you right in the feels, to use one of those quirky Internet sayings."The Harper Tree" by J.R. SmithThe Harper Tree has stood for over a hundred years, alone, in the middle of a meadow and once a year a group of white men bring out a beaten and battered black man to its branches to be lynched. Over the years, the souls of each man has been collected in the bark, roots, and branches of the tree until this fateful day when they can finally take revenge.-- This story gave me mixed feelings. Stories about the horrific atrocities African Americans went through (and continue to go through) are not the sort of horror I enjoy reading. I don't really know how to explain it, but it mostly just makes me sad and uncomfortable, not thrilled which is what I want from horror. But I stuck with this story, and I'm glad I did because not only is it extremely well-written, but the ending is so satisfying. What a wonderful "monster" The Harper Tree is. And this is such a fitting story for this collection because, as much as we would like to sweep it under the rug, this is an unavoidable fact of our history, especially in the southern part of America, so to leave a story like this out of this collection would have been an oversight."Hate" by Josh ShibenIn this story, we meet FBI Agent Don as he interviews Peter Samson of the infamous Samson family church. This church is similar to the Westboro Baptist Church. They thrive off of hate, and Agent Don wants to know why, but the reason Peter gives him will change his life forever.-- This might be my favorite story in the collection simply because it made me think about things in ways I had never thought about them before. I truly had an epiphany while reading this. The story went in a different direction than my epiphany, but I still really enjoyed it. "Hate" made me realize that organizations like Westboro Baptist Church could, very well, thrive off of our hate. They don't have to actually believe in anything. Yes, they are scum of the earth regardless, but our hate is what fuels them not the other way around. If we don't hate them, then what do they have? It's a cycle. I hadn't really thought about that before, and that made a huge difference in how I come at stuff like that, even in my own thoughts. Don't came at it with hate of your own because hate begets hate. So, thank you for that, Josh Siben."Scrubbers" by Ian FitzgeraldThis is almost a Lovecraftian-tale about coal-cleaning gone wrong. It contaminates the water and things get very, very scary.-- A lot, and I mean a lot, happens in this story. I almost had a hard time keeping up which gave it even more of a Lovecraft-feel, TBH. I didn't understand the motivation behind Jack's actions in the car. That completely confused me. This story was well-crafted and well-written, but it was my least favorite of the lot. I can see how it would be the favorite of a lot of other folks, though. I was just really thrown off by Jack's actions in the car."The Bone Staircase" by C.W. BlackwellJacob's mother is dying of consumption, and his only other source of companionship is a mean, old drunkard named Martin. Martin sends him out every day to hunt for food in the woods, and if he doesn't bring anything home, he makes him sleep alone in the cold, dirty barn. One day on his hunt, Jacob stumbles upon a bone staircase and two twin girls named Alara and Ardat. In exchange for his kill, they agree to heal his mother. For a time. When she begins to get sick again, he returns to the bone staircase to seek out the twins' help, but is he willing to pay their price to heal his mother forever?-- This is a great story. Truly. I don't know if Blackwell has any more work elsewhere, but I am for sure going to look for it because I loved this story. Since reading this tale, I have thought about it many, many times. It's one of those stories that sticks with you. It harkens to stories that have been told like it time and time again, but it's done in a beautiful and original way. I simply liked this story. That's it."In The Glen" by Tamara WoodsNell and Sissy's Daddy disappeared without a trace. Their grandmother, superstitious and southern as can be, gives Nell a crystal necklace because she believes something is going to happen, but their mother doesn't believe in that. Nell and Sissy go on a picnic together when things get weird.-- At the beginning of this review, I wrote about how much I love Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. Tamara Woods' writing style reminds me so much of their writing. She's got the same lovely flow and way with words. It was such a pleasure to read. I absolutely loved reading this. I didn't exactly understand what happened in this story, if I'm honest, but that's one of the things I love about horror. I don't like having all of the answers tied in pretty little bows. I like having some questions left unanswered. I hope Tamara Woods writes a full-length novel because I need more of her writing style in my life.Please do yourself a favor and pick up this collection. It's a must-have, truly.
I don’t read a lot of horror stories but thought I’d give this one try and really enjoyed it! I thought all the stories would take place in the mountains but I was gladly wrong. Some of them were in the city/towns and others in the mountains. Even if they story took place in a city it still had the Appalachian /South feel. Though I liked all the stores there were a few that really stood out to me and I enjoyed most. The Harper Tree, Scrubbers, The Bone Staircase, and In the Glen were my favorites. A good read for even those not used to reading horror but want a dash of spooky.