When it comes to a good horror story, they are either hit or miss. People invest in them or they don't. You never really hear someone say, well it sucked but I liked this character or that one. It is either, it sucked or it was awesome. I like Freddy Kreuger and Jason Voorhes but that doesn't mean I like all of their movies. If something is good, then I will keep watching/reading and enjoying, if a movie is bad I will continue to watch it just so I can complain but if a book/story is bad I will either skim through it or stop reading all together.
Books like Scared, really seem to interest me. I don't always have time to sit down and read a whole book so I love the short stories. Sometimes they end without really having a clear ending. Cliffhangers aren't bad if you are doing a sequel or a series but with short stories, that can sometimes be frustrating. Plus you have all the information thrown at you in a short amount of time. I am always impressed by the writers that are so good, they can take a short story, add in everything we need including the fear of danger and end it in a good way in such a short amount of pages.
My favorite story from Scared, has to be Family Heirloom. Just to be drawn to something in the way that this man did was just crazy. There are many things I see on tv but I have never been inclined to go and steal it. I can't help but wonder, how much of his rage was already inside him and how much he drew from the Kris. I believe every story has a hidden message in it. I believe the hidden message in this one is, No matter how much you do what someone wants, there is always a chance that they may turn their back on you. Some people stab you in the back and others do it to your face.
Death comes for Maggie Mcdaniel was also a really good story. You realize half way through about her fate..way before she does. I love how even in the state that she is in, all she cares about is how her girlfriend is and if she is ok. Classic story about loving someone more then you love yourself. Even though your life didn't turn out as you planned, you are just happy that the other person gets to go on with theirs. Very well written story in my eyes and a great lesson to be learned. Not so much scary, but something that probably happens in real life all of the time. Domestic violence is definitely a problem in this world.
I have to say that all the stories in Scared, touched me in one way or another. Just like in the Zombie book of short stories that was not about Zombies persay, this one is less about horror and more about learning things about yourself and the way not to live our life. Don't take things that don't belong to you, don't spy on strangers, don't put yourself into situations, that you won't be able to get out of alive...etc etc etc.
With all of that said, I have to say that I really do like this book. It is refreshing to read all of the different writing styles in one book. So much better then being stuck with one writing style that you may or may not like for 500 pages. It may be a fast read, but it is worth it. If you want to check it out on Amazon and find other books like this, then head over here.