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Slush

Title: Slush
Author: Glenn Rolfe
Synopsis: Four young boys pick up a coin and welcome its curse. A sweet romance ends in a shallow grave to be revisited again and again. A girl's field hockey team exacts revenge on their coach and her dreaded 'whistle of the damned'. Parker Stephens discovers that some paths are not safe to walk after sunset.
In these twelve dark and powerful tales, Glenn Rolfe, author of The Haunted Halls and Boom Town, welcomes you to the dark side.
Take his hand and slip into the shadows...
Publisher: Alien Agenda Publishing



I bought this book simply based on a booksta photo.  This cover is insanely gore-geous. I don't normally enjoy short story collections and I had never read the author before, but fuck it! 

Slush is a twelve story collection.  As most collections do, some where meh, some were good, and a couple were WOW! "Jackie Boy" and "Ballad of the Best-Selling Author" were those stories for me. Let me start with those:

"He chewed and smiled, enjoying every slippery, slimy chunk before swallowing."
"Jackie Boy"
Totally gag-alicious.
A boy has a strange hunger that he can't satiate. This one made my eyes tear up and my gag reflex remind me who is boss.  I loved it!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Jackson said, 'You know why Stephen King steers clear of zombies?'
'Because he already wrote Cell?' Betrand said."
"Ballad of the Best-Selling Author"
I completely relate to Jackson.  Zombie stories are overdone and often not done well. So this one surprised me a bit.  
⭐⭐⭐⭐+.5 star for the LGBT+ rep!

Now I will rate each story in order they appear in the collection:

Skull of Snakes ⭐⭐⭐
A boy finds a cursed coin and death spreads.  Not the most original of stories but still enjoyable.

Sweet 16 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gives credit to the phrase, I love you to death.

The Curse ⭐⭐⭐
Witches, Bullies, and Field Hockey! Oh MY!

The Delicous Death of Parker Stephens ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kids! Dinner is Ready! Side Note: never let someone's child walk home alone.

I'm in Here ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the short version of my biggest fear. Creep factor to 11.

Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ok wow.  Does this method work for unwanted fat?

Something Lost ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This tugged at my heart strings a little ❤

Candle Magic ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Witchy vibes! I'm loving it!

Flaws ⭐⭐⭐.5
Well written.  Horrible personal view of a killer. But I am confused on what his "flaws" were.

Halloween Worm ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A story of sweet, sweet revenge. 

Overall score of 3.8 rounded up to 4!

Edited by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi
Cover Art by Jason Lynch, Cover design by Glenn Rolfe

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