Watch Out! Alan's Taking Over!
“The Bitternest Chronicles” is a wonderful addition to any horror reader’s collection. Alan doesn’t just focus on one element; he brings a variety of horrors, thrillers, and mysteries to the pages. A wonderful mixture of plots and characters. Alan doesn’t write the same “crap” over and over that a lot of horror writers do these days. He doesn’t throw in unrelated rubbish for the “shock” factor; he puts in genuine ideas and works hard to write in a way that brings horror back to life through suspense and mystery as in the old days. His stories have a feel to them that are similar to Hitchcock movies, which I love. Though slow at times, overall, this unique collection will keep you reading. Breaking and Entering – This one makes you wonder what goes on at your home when you’re not there. A creepy story for sure, and the suspense Alan makes the reader feel is delicious. The Bypassed Mind – One of my favorites in this collection. This story isn’t much of a thriller and it won’t make you check your doors at night, but the emotion put into this story will make you feel as though as you’re there. A wonderful little story about finding peace of mind. Cellar Door – This story is one of the two longest ones, and it is a great piece of fiction. Alan breaks some of the rules of horror in this story and that’s just the way I like it. A mystery, an adventure, and a lot of action. “Cellar Door” will keep you reading until you’re finished (no breaks for this one!), even if that means staying up till the wee hours of the night. Hershell’s Motel – I have to be honest and say this was my least favorite of this collection. However, even with that said, the story was still pretty good. I myself didn’t feel much for the characters, but I’m sure others will. The surprise ending makes it a fine addition to the “Bitternest Chronicles.” The Errand – Made me want to cry, though I won’t say why and spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. The writing is good, and this one also makes you feel like you’re there. Though frustrating because the story probably won’t end the way the reader wants it, “The Errand” shows Alan’s talent for writing horror. One of my favorites. The Chilling Hour – This one is THE favorite of mine out of the short, short stories. I have to say, I love Alan Draven’s mind for creating the mysterious and deadly Dark Emissaries, and love reading anything to do with them. This story has a perfect combination of horror, mystery, and pace. The supernatural element is strong—this is just a great story and I am happy Alan did more with it in. . . . The Dark Emissaries – In this final story of the collection, we get more treats. “The Dark Emissaries” is the other longer story, which I am happy about because, as stated above, these are my favorite. Alan’s Dark Emissaries are supernatural creatures that can steal away people’s lives without much effort, and their unique “burnt coffee” smell to announce their presence is a wonderful and creative idea. My only problem with this story … there wasn’t enough of it! Alan, please write more about the Dark Emissaries!
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