by Gwendolyn Kiste
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Unnerving (December 4, 2017)
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Genre: Horror | Short Stories
Print Length: 260 pages
17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.
Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.
FOREWORD - James Newman
IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WATCH YOU ROT - Somer Canon
WHAT IS LOVE? - Calvin Demmer
HEIRLOOM - Theresa Braun
THE RECLUSE - John Boden
40 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MONSTER LOVER - Gwendolyn Kiste
DOG TIRED - Eddie Generous
THE PINK BALLOON - Tom Deady
IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO - J.L. Knight
BURNING SAMANTHA - Scott Hallam
CONSUMED - Madhvi Ramani
CLASS OF 2000 - Robert Dean
LEARNING TO LOVE - Jennifer Williams
BROTHERS - Leo X. Robertson
PORCELAIN SKIN - Laura Blackwell
THE HEART OF THE ORCHARD - Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi
MEETING THE PARENTS - Sarah L. Johnson
MATCHMAKER - Meg Elison
by Theresa Braun, Gwendolyn Kiste, Tom Deady, Meg Elison, John Boden, Somer Canon, Calvin Demmer, J.L. Knight , Madhvi Ramani, Scott Hallam, Robert Dean, Leo X. Robertson, Jennifer Williams, Laura Blackwell, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, Sarah L. Johnson, James Newman (Contributor), Eddie Generous (Editor)
Love. It can consume a person with joy, light-hearted dreams or pain and dark nightmares. Unrequited love, vulnerability and the twisted need for vengeance, the negative side of having loved can be deadly. There is love between friends and family. HARDENED HEARTS is a collection of love at its best and worst from a group of authors who make an art out of storytelling. There is a story for everyone from fantasy to dark horror and they prove that love makes the world go ‘round and ‘round and ‘round. From the fascinating foreword to the very last word, prepare to be entertained through a myriad of your own emotions and reactions to each tale, all in the name of love.
From prized peach pies to one’s perfect match in love, the stories are short, but intriguing, some leaving us to continue “the rest of the story” in our minds, others leaving us looking over our shoulders for things that go bump in the night. Want a quick, dark werewolf story? It’s here. How about a story of love between a mortal and an immortal? There is definitely a downside to that kind of love.
Ever wonder “What is Love?” Hear the thoughts of a killer, a destroyer as he ponders if those he kills are loved or missed. Is he facing remorse or have centuries of death and the thirst for blood worn him down? Is he looking for love himself?
What will Rachel see in the “Heirloom” mirror hung in her psychology office? As she counsels her patients, the mirror looms large, triggering “memories” that couldn’t possibly be hers and yet… Is she losing her mind or is the mirror taking her to other worlds, other times?
Short on time, yet looking for authors long on talent? Take a quick break with one tale at a time or devour the entire anthology in one sitting!
I received a complimentary Review copy from Theresa Braun!