#Review | Deadman’s Tome Monster’s Exist July 2017 Special Issue @tbraun_author



This is an anthology, 14 authors have contributed shorts stories with the theme of  Monsters Exist ?  The stories explore various monsters, some feature in folklore, myth and urban legends, they are stories we are told as children to keep us in line such as; the monster under the bed, the monster in the lake or in the well.

Monster stories have always been around.  This collection of stories tap into what we believed as children, then challenges what we think we do not believe as adults.  Are we really sure that as adults monsters do not exist? Or do we choose to think this way so that we do not have to admit that really Monster’s Exist?

The stories and there authors are:

Master Vermin-Wallace Boothill

Legend Trippers-Theresa Braun

The Murder of Crows-S.J. Budd

Wicked Congregation-Gary Buller

Playing Dead-S.E.Casey

Lake Monster-Mr. Deadman

Never Sleep Again-Calvin Demmer

The Voice from the Bottom of the Well-Philip.W. Kleaver

Eclipse at Wolf Creek-Syvia Mann

No.7-William Marchese

Criatura-John Palisano

Bitten-Christopher Powers

Kelpies-Leo.X. Robertson

Bloodstream Revolution-M.R. Tapia

At the end of each story there is a mini author bio and website details for each participant.  On the whole I really enjoyed these stories, there were a couple that I didn’t like quite as much.  I believe with anthologies, there will some stories you read that just have that extra something that will connect with the reader on a more personal level.  There is a good selection of ideas and themes, also some very different writing styles.

I find it hard to rate this type of book, some of the stories I would love to give a 5 star to, while others I found good/okay and would only give a 3 /3.5.  So as I read I rated each story and then found the average of 4.5 stars.

I would recommend to readers of short stories, anthologies, horror, adventure, folklore and urban legends.

I would like to thank Theresa for bringing this book to my attention for an honest and unbiased review.  All views expressed are my own.


From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

Paperback, First
Published July 1st 2017 by Deadman’s Tome
ISBN 9781521468
Edition Language English


Mr Deadman & Theresa Braun


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