Title: And They All Lived Happily Ever After!
Author: Crystal Connor
Published: August 28th, 2012
Word Count: approx. 65,000
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 13+
~ Synopsis ~ Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…
Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.
In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.
The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.
These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!
About the Author
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net
Well, it’s true, it’s hard to believe I know, but trust me it’s true. Sam, my uncle, sent me to this exotic land that used to smell of frankincense and myrrh. He sent us there, my brothers-in-arms and me, so that we could become proficient in the art of death. We were good at what we did too, because now it only smells of gunpowder, burnt oil, and death. That’s a hellofa predicament you’ve found
yourself in, isn’t it?
Well, at least now you know I’m good with a gun and thanks to my Uncle Sam I am also very comfortable with a blade. This ten inch beauty here is a staple, it’s sharp enough to be use as machete. But this one, with the gut hook, is my all
time favorite and I’ll show you why here in a minute. Now, I can understand why you broke into my home, these are tough times, and a guys gotta eat I get that. I do.
Maybe I would have let you live if you had simply demanded my money and jewels, but, then again, I was never known for being charitable.
Honestly, for the stories themselves, I would give this 4 to 5 stars. Fun and scary, they kept my attention...when I wasn't having to take a break from the poor editing. My favorite stories were Amber's New Friend and The Ruins, though they all kept me interested! They weren't the same old horror stories I've read over and over again, they were each new and unique to me, and I wanted more!
Now, there's always a possibility that I received a bad copy. It happens on occasion. However, I can only base my review on what I was given. The grammatical editing in the copy I was sent is non-existent, and grammar is VERY important to me when I'm reading. The punctuation and word misuse (wedding vowels?) took me out of the stories so much that I sometimes didn't really want to return to it. If I did indeed get a bad copy, I would be willing to change my rating upon re-reading the better copy, but if what I see is what I get, my 2 stars must stand.
For now, Bob says: 2 Platypires
Audio Book Review
Bob says: 4 stars!