Tormented Tales: A Collection of Nightmarish Short Stories by Meghan Douglass

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challenging dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Douglass has a very nasty mind.

There's thirteen nasty tales here, and there's a few things I like about this collection.

The first is, the stories are quite varied in situation and in content. I'll be honest, there was a point where I was making a mental note for the review that she accomplishes a lot with no gore.

Then, the gore hit. So, the mix is good. Scary, creepy, dreadful, gory...choose your horror, it's all here.

There's also the fact that Douglass can seem to take the most mundane situations and turn them into a situation that just gets nastier and nastier. Honestly, I'm quite jealous of the author's ability to do this. In most of the cases, I literally thought, I'd have never been able to think this one up.

If I have any one complaint, it's that I'd have loved Douglass to dig a little deeper into the characters, so make the stories longer. Like, the same thirteen stories, but double the page count. But that's a minor nitpick in a fun collection.

Pick this up. You'll be glad you did.

Because Douglass has a very nasty mind.