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30 review for Night Asylum: Tales of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Three or four better than average stories, but the rest are average at best. Clegg is much better at full-length novels than at short fiction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    The Amazon page for Night Asylum by Douglas Clegg describes the novel as a collection of tales of mystery and horror. There are eighteen short stories and three samples from other Clegg novels. The eighteen short stories were so interesting I almost abandoned my usual practice of not reading the samples. I don’t read the teasers at the end of a novel for the same reason that I don’t go grocery shopping when I am hungry. Food that I previously found desirable when in the store populates the farth The Amazon page for Night Asylum by Douglas Clegg describes the novel as a collection of tales of mystery and horror. There are eighteen short stories and three samples from other Clegg novels. The eighteen short stories were so interesting I almost abandoned my usual practice of not reading the samples. I don’t read the teasers at the end of a novel for the same reason that I don’t go grocery shopping when I am hungry. Food that I previously found desirable when in the store populates the farthest reaches of all my refrigerator shelves. My TBR shelves have collapsed a few times. Still, I was tempted to read the samples by the variety of writing styles I found throughout the short stories. I’ll just pick ONE of Clegg’s longer novels to download. Not one of the samples, rather The Priest of Blood: A Dark Fantasy Vampire Epic (The Vampyricon Book 1) is listed on Amazon for USD 0.00 and is my next Clegg read. The Stain Readers might think about the lives of foreign workers, especially children when purchasing their next “made in …” product. Five points on a ten-point horror scale. The American You might think you can see the ending of this story coming. But can you be sure? Five points on a ten-point horror scale. Belinda in the Pool This is a very complex short story with a lot of meaning for a parent watching a child grow up. Did Dad ever really understand Belinda? Readers decide. Only three points on the ten-point horror scale. The Skin of the World What would you sacrifice for family bliss? How about a member of the family? Seven points on a ten-point horror scale. A Madness of Starlings He, along with his wife and two sons, had taken in the injured bird for only five days before it became well enough to return to the wild. Those five days altered all their lives for the rest of their lives. Six points on a ten-point horror scale. Subway Turnstile Davy had an important message for the woman who helped him and his dad. It wasn’t the “thank you” she expected. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale. Where Flies Are Born Ellen was right about her abusive husband Frank. She was right to protect Joey, their son. She was wrong about Papa Neeson. He was not abusive towards his children. And when Ellen needed help with Joey, it was Mom and Pop Neeson she turned to. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale. Becoming Men Boot Camp was rough. The one they were in had to be illegal. Overly zealous staff members had killed one kid. Ralph knew he had to join other inmates at the camp in a plot to escape, even if they had to kill the guard staff to do it. Seven points on a ten-point horror scale. People Who Love Life Irene thought she died. She welcomed death. Sometimes it seemed she had died many times but there was always that pesky preacher who brought her back. Seven points on the ten-point horror scale. Fries With That? Many of us have heard the phrase “He/She fried their brains.” In this story, it is almost literal. Brains fried should be fresh, kept too long, the resultant dish might be lethal. And then there is the school shooting. Eight points on the ten-point horror scale. The Machinery of Night This educational story will leave the reader with a new appreciation of physics theory that explains how molecules move and reshape in the dark (of course). Why never in the light? Eight points on a ten-point horror scale. The Wolf The bounty hunter made a good mentor for the younger boy, a hunter who still had a lot to learn. That is why the girlfriend’s father hired the experienced hunter and tracker to teach the boy. Eight and one-half points on a ten-point horror scale. The Wicked A serial killer may have just met his match. Strange, unlucky coincidences had been happening all day. Then Mike met Charlie. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale. 265 and Heaven Keeping the family together requires sacrifice. Eight points on the ten-point horror scale. Ice Palace Fraternity hazing is not new. Sometimes it goes too far. Here is an example. This story is told in a different “voice” than all the others. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale. Why My Doll is Evil This is a poem about a creepy voyeur doll. Eight points on a ten- point horror scale. The Five Naomi found a safe place where the Five lived. Some walls were broken down but she knew how to rebuild them. Nine points on a ten-point horror scale. The Dark Game This is the last and darkest story in the collection. Gordon, or Gordie, or the Captain grows to love being dominated, whipped, and tortured so much that he found a way to use his experiences in a more positive way. He invented The Dark Game. Ten on a scale of ten. The stories became increasingly darker from the first story through number eighteen. The Dark Game is very psychologically disturbing. I gave the overall collection five Amazon stars. Only Ice Palace has language and situations that may disturb readers turned off by sexual language.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    An interesting breather of a book if you're between heavier novels. Some of the stories seemed cobbled together just to meet wordcount, some were really creepy. I really enjoyed The Dark Game (because it took psychological trauma to a new level), and The Wicked (where a child-predator gets their comeuppance). However, there were others that seemed sloppy at best. Belinda in the Pool was absolutely crafted for an erotic audience, but (taboo topics or not) it was so awfully written that it was excruc An interesting breather of a book if you're between heavier novels. Some of the stories seemed cobbled together just to meet wordcount, some were really creepy. I really enjoyed The Dark Game (because it took psychological trauma to a new level), and The Wicked (where a child-predator gets their comeuppance). However, there were others that seemed sloppy at best. Belinda in the Pool was absolutely crafted for an erotic audience, but (taboo topics or not) it was so awfully written that it was excruciating to read and analyse. Becoming Men was a lazy story, one I imagined to have spawned from a creative writing class at a highschool. The Good: A coupled of solid stories, great non-thinking book The Bad: A little rushed and contrived at times The Ugly: Some stories seem to be Clegg experimenting in different writing styles with safe subject matters, but they are no where near polished enough

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Fiona M. Clements-Russell

    Dark and Hauntingly Twisted This is a superb collection of stories, that kept me reading through the night! Not necessarily the best idea, perhaps, as there are some exceptionally dark and twisted tales here, but that is what I look for in my choice of reading, so it certainly didn't disappoint. It's one of those books that you just know you are going to have to go back to again, even though you were terrified on your first visit (which reminds me of my childhood, and visiting a particular Aunt, Dark and Hauntingly Twisted This is a superb collection of stories, that kept me reading through the night! Not necessarily the best idea, perhaps, as there are some exceptionally dark and twisted tales here, but that is what I look for in my choice of reading, so it certainly didn't disappoint. It's one of those books that you just know you are going to have to go back to again, even though you were terrified on your first visit (which reminds me of my childhood, and visiting a particular Aunt, who had some sort of strange ability to terrify me, except in this case, I really NEVER wanted to go back!). Loved it, and will be looking out for some more chills from Douglas Clegg, very soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard Mendenhall

    Very dependable author I've read a couple novels by Douglas Clegg. Very good. Night Asylum is a collection of short stories. In every collection, some are preferred over others and this collection is no exception, however what really set this collection apart for me is that none of the stories were weak. They ranged from good to very good to, hey really good. A couple of the endings I had to read more than once to grasp what happened and a couple left me just wondering, but none of them made me f Very dependable author I've read a couple novels by Douglas Clegg. Very good. Night Asylum is a collection of short stories. In every collection, some are preferred over others and this collection is no exception, however what really set this collection apart for me is that none of the stories were weak. They ranged from good to very good to, hey really good. A couple of the endings I had to read more than once to grasp what happened and a couple left me just wondering, but none of them made me feel I had wasted my time. As far as collections of stories go, this one has to rank as one of the best I've experienced.

  6. 4 out of 5

    michael kelly

    Enjoyable Read Well I must admit upfront that I consider Douglas Clegg a great writer especially as horror writer. He like King, Kuntz ,Laymon and Saul is just a great writer period. I will also confess to my preference to long novels. I am not a fan generally of short story however in this case I was pleasantly surprised. I was not thrilled with a previously written collection of short stories written by Mr Clegg but this one was a rare page turmeric this genre. I recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Poppenwimer

    This is Doug Clegg at his best, stories sure to cause some nightmares. The collection crosses a wide range of subject, each more terrifying than the last. If you like the combination of mystery and horror, this collection is just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes a short story is just the right size to keep your interest and be entertaining at the same time. Yes the stories are dark, but sometimes a good scare is just perfect.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis H. Pajka

    Sorry but this was just not my cup of tea. Some stories I read and some I just couldn't get through. I'm sorry I couldn't recommend this book but you might like it. I thinking you should give it a try.

  9. 5 out of 5

    A. Jr.

    Clegg spins some great and dark short stories. Fast reads and keep you moving on to the next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue Hawco

    I enjoyed the stories in this collection very much! I love horror that is well written and can give me a shiver, it's not easy to do lol. I have been reading horror and watching movies since I was 9.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Thriller This is great collection of stories for any horror fan. The stories considered mysteries ended for me with the thoughts of...then what happened? I wanted to read more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmel Ison

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Boisvert

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisann

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nic

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward Brock

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Stow

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Prince

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Plummer

  24. 5 out of 5

    James

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tpbsl

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leanna J Johnson

  27. 5 out of 5

    j rhodes

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Hamby

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Touch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Toni Tošić

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