Wrath and Ruin

Wrath and Ruin Some Monsters Are Nightmarish Beasts With Fangs And Grotesque Bodies Others Come In The Form Of Bad Decisions We Dread Or Regret Both Kinds Haunt And Stalk Us While We Are Alone At Night.Wrath And Ruin Is A Collection Of Nine Stories With A Focus On Fantasy And Sci Fi Threaded With Quiet, Traditional Horror Monsters, Both Literal And Figurative, Lurk In The Shadows Of This Diverse Anthology Hunters Pursue A Ghoul In Victorian Era Pennsylvania A Psychologist Interrogates The Lone Survivor Of A Mysterious Shipwreck Astronauts Investigate A Derelict Alien Spacecraft Loitering In Earth S Solar System A Man Flees Powerful Enemies In A Bizarre, Hostile LandThese Stories And Are Included In This Debut Book By Author C.W Briar Included Are Two Award Winning Stories.Briar Continues A Tradition Established By Fellow Binghamton, NY Writers Like Rod Serling And Kevin Lucia Fantastical Yet Grounded Stories With Subtle Horror. This is a collection of stories in a variety of genres and writing styles, spanning dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror The highlight is the novella Ghoul A Gideon Wells Story, a historical epistolary tale set in 1895 Pennsylvania and introducing us to two fascinating characters, Gideon Wells and his very eccentric but highly capable assistant Rose Drumlin I hope w
I had the immense pleasure of being involved in Mister Briar s Kickstarter for this book I d like to preface the rest of this review by saying that donating to the project in no way influence the rating I m giving it Simply said, I loved every story Mister Briar is an incredibly talented writer and I hope to see from him in the future It saddens me that so few reviews have been given so far, so let me do Mister Briar a service by giving a quick review of each story individually.Escape from Wrath and Ruin The story that starts it all begins with a man waking up in a rather strange landscape with no memory of how he got there Worse, there is a body at his feet, dried blood on his hands, and a mysterious stranger stalking him through the dangerous wastelandLust A man becomes obsessed with an unknown woman who lives in the building beside him Each day, he waits at his window to get a glimpse of her and hear her symphonic voice In the end, it was only a matter of time before he knew he had to meet her, had to have her, had to be with her Well, folks, beware the song of the sirenThe Other Edge At last, evidence of aliens has been discovered in the form of a derelict spaceship As leader of the team of astronauts sent to explore it, Varik Babel soon discovers that the ship may not be as abandoned as originally thought The Case of Elizabeth Flora In
I picked up a copy of this book from my local library I enjoyed all the stories I won t delve into any deeper meanings, or symbolism of the stories, as I feel that is best left to the readers Just a quick note for each Escape from Wrath Ruin A man awakens in a barren land, not remembering who he is or how he got there He may have killed someone A stranger offers to help him The pair are pursued by an ominous lawman , who the stranger does not trust and fears The lawman rides a dragon like creature as he searches for them Will the man escape Who is he And who is really the good guy here Lust This story plays on the familiar set up of a man and his wife having marital trouble The wife goes off to an office each day, the man works from home Some days he doesn t get much work done His work output is further hindered when he encounters a woman on a nearby building, who sings lovely songs that intoxicate him He becomes obsessed How will he satisfy his craving for her The Other Edge science fiction tale of mankind s encounter with an alien craft that has been discovered in Earth s orbit by NASA A crew is assigned to investigate if the craft is the property of friendly or fearsome aliens, and how to proceed with it s discovery Good dialogue and interaction among the characters highlights this tale The Case of Elizabeth Flora Interaction between a psychologist interviewing a survivor of a shipwreck The survivor had been am
I bought this book minutes after I finished Whispers From The Depths by CW Briar I loved it so much I needed of his writing Once again I was super satisfied..This is a definitely chilling anthology of 9 stories of the creepy, the adventurous, the unsettling, and the unnerving All these stories are so unlike each other in the best way possible He exposes me to things I wouldn t normally pick up, and I always end up loving it..My favorite story was a SCI FI story I ve never been into sci fi, or fantasy, but Briar has pleasantly surprised me with wonderful stories in both genres He not only writes characters you grow to love, but his imagery and settings are vivid and beautiful and dark and creepy All the stories kept my interest and had me on the edge of my seat..Definite
A Delightful Blend of Creepy and Thought ProvokingI m a big fan of short stories and a particular affinity of the eerie morality tales of Poe CW Briar s Wrath and Ruin gives us modern stories in the vein of spine chilling Poe. This is a different sort of book than I normally read I normally don t read anthologies, and I normally stay away from anything horror related Still, I really enjoyed this book, especially the first story Escape from Wrath and Ruin That story had the clearest Christian allegory of any of the stories, though it wasn t quite the allegory I thought it was going to be when I first started reading it One of the longer stories I forget the title is kind of like a supernatural Sherlock Holmes It is set in the same Victorian time frame as Sherlock Holmes, though in Pennsylvania, not England At first, I wasn t sure I would like this story, and it definitely was one of the creepiest stories in the whole book if you are prone to nightmares or freaking yourself out with your own imagination, don t read this book
I enjoyed this book a lot There were three that really stood out, however, and as I read this late at night, resulted in me deciding to read some Douglas Adams afterwards Most things don t truly creep me out Those three stories did.There are several interesting premises in here, but I didn t care about or like most of the characters, which unfortunately took away from my enjoyment of the stories overall They either felt flat, I just didn t connect, or I just didn t like them However, that didn t stop me from being addicted to the plots themselves One character did something I cannot condone or understand, but that story is one of my favorites because the plot completely absorbed me.My absolute favorite story in here Ghoul was the novella It featured Victorian style monster hunters in Pennsylvania As a local Pennsylvanian myself, it was really c
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book and decided to buy it, no idea at all But I m sure glad I got it The collection of stories cover an impressive range of characters, settings and types of suspense One story was based in space while another based in a strange land I really enjoyed The Case of Elizabeth Flora , which had an interview style and a plot that had me ne