Reviews - What do customers think about Bone Chills?
Vintage Vinson...meaning a classic horror collection Dec 13, 2005
If there is one thing I've learned from reading Terry Vinson's works, it is that no can write the horror short story any better. Like his previous works, this is a collection of stories tied together with a running theme, which it self turns into a macabre nightmare. Some of my favorites: "Pierced", which will make you have nightmares about snakes; "Black Monday" which most of us can relate to when we have a bad day, but sheesh... how bad can it get? "Outpost" was also top notch, and certainly chills your bones. Once again, Terry Vinson has proven that he's a terrific (as in terrifying and good!) writer. Very recommended.
Chilling Horror Collection Mar 6, 2005
During a fierce late-night snowstorm at an isolated Air Force base in Alaska, a staff sergeant and airman on guard duty pass the time by reading aloud horror stories, only to find they are in one. These stories make up Bone Chills, an imaginative, nicely written book. Pierced concerns a music manager who seeks revenge on a band that sought to "dismiss" him; Gunman's Hand is a nice blending of the Western and horror genres in which a notorious outlaw gets his due; Black Monday, reminscent of Richard Matheson's Madhouse, is about a man who wakes up one morning and every possible thing goes wrong for him; Blue Chip regards a college basketball scout who picks the wrong kid to recruit. My favorite is The Outpost, about an army outpost that one day comes under attack by a squadron that had disappeared mysteriously decades ealier. This story struck me with a feeling of horror and dread I haven't felt since watching Romero's Dawn of the Dead for the first time. Vinson is a good writer, who suprisingly has not been picked up by a publisher yet (this is a POD book; it shows in that it could use a good copy edit). Vinson knows how to put words on the page, and he has one of the most original minds I have encountered in a long while. He writes stories about real characters who find themselves in frightening situations. Read him now; some of his PODs might become collector's editions one day.
Stone Cold CHILLS to the BONE... Feb 20, 2005
One of the best horror/suspense collections I've read since King's 'Skeletal Crew', BONE CHILLs is an R-rated CHILLER that contains not a single disappointing chapter. I most enjoyed 'The Outpost', being that I spent some time in Alaska and could relate to the frozen 'tundra' described. Another strong entry is 'The ZBA' (zombie basketball? Loved it!). 'Gunman's Hand' mixes two b-movie genres into a single theme, that being westerns and werewolves. 'Tunnel Vision' will scare anyone whose ever visited a dark cavern, and 'Pierced' should be avoided by all those who fear snakes as much as I do. The last reviewer sounded as if he never really read the book at all, as the plot and characterizations in this book are top notch. If its scares you want, this book happily delivers. Not for the faint of heart, however...as it contains heavy, heavy gore. I recommend this collection to any hardcore lover of horror in the tradition of the old Hammer films.
Horrible but not Horrifying Feb 16, 2005
This is bad writing at its absolute worst, and yet another example of how vanity presses are destroying literature. This should have never seen print. It is devoid of plot and characterization, and reads just a shade above the ramblings of a third grader on Prozac.
Hell of a Scare Jun 9, 2004
One thing when I do this review is that I got to know Terry via the site AuthorsDen and read of a few of the stories before they were going into the collection. This book is one that I recommend for those who like a good scary style of horror fiction. The story that stands out for me are too many to name but if I was to just pick two, I would pick "Black Monday" and "The Outpost." I will comment more on The Outpost because it was a story the builds up as the wrap around, and this is something that becomes a signature for Terry. I actually got a signed copy of this one via UPS by Terry himself; this is one of those few books I actually read in two days. Impressive work. Terry's style of writing would call up John Carpenter colaborating with either George Romero or Rod Serling. It is one that is written for one reason -- to scare the living hell out whoever reads it.