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Bad Apples 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror by [Light, Adam, Light, Evans, Lorn, Edward, McNee, John, Matthews, Mark, Parent, Jason, Saunders, Craig, Xane, Gregor]
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The Bad Apples team is back with its biggest Halloween anthology yet!

Join The Light Brothers, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Mark Matthews, John McNee and Craig Saunders for a fresh delivery of all-new macabre tales for the haunting season.

* On Halloween night, an artist intends to use humanity as his canvas, to mold flesh into his greatest masterpiece. In Adam and Evans Light’s BELLE SOUFFRANCE, suffering has never been so beautiful.

* Everyone knows you are what you eat. So Cam probably shouldn’t munch on those chocolate eyeballs he stole. Sins of the past are only one bite away in John McNee’s CHOCOLATE COVERED EYEBALL.

* Halloween comes once a year for most people. Unfortunately for Harvey, it might be coming around a little more often in Craig Saunders’ OCTOBER’S END.

* The girl behind the counter at the local costume shop reads horror novels and only horror novels. She's perfect. And she's hosting an intimate Halloween get-together in Gregor Xane's THE UNCLE TAFFY'S GIRL.

* Charli is usually lonely, but tonight she’s on a bus headed to a party where she hopes the man of her dreams might finally notice her. But when a masked man enters the bus, it’ll be the ride not the party she never forgets in Edward Lorn’s LAST STOP.

* Christians say Halloween is a pagan holiday, and Keagan’s mother doesn’t think Jesus would approve of celebrating it. Little does she realize that they’re about to find out if that’s true from Jesus himself in Mark Matthews’ BODY OF CHRIST.

* Any cornfield Halloween party filled with teenagers dressed like iconic horror villains is bound to end with murder and mayhem. But when a grim reaper throws in a twist, the killing really gets out of hand in Jason Parent’s PULP.

(This book contains adult content and is suitable for mature readers only.)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Slices of Deadly Delicious—BAD APPLES 3 9 October 2016
By Eclectic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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BAD APPLES 3 continues the annual tradition of original Halloween stories started in 2014 by the amazing Adam Light, Evans Light, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, and Gregor Xane. Bad Apples 3 also features additional new work by Mark Matthews, John McNee, and Craig Saunders. In an unexpected development, BA3 has Adam and Evans Light co-writing a single tale in the volume. All of the stories are penned by accomplished writers with increasingly acclaimed reputations in the horror genre.

“Belle Souffrance” in BA3 brings together the talents of the two Light Brothers in a horrific tale dominated by a protagonist that can best be described as a combined mad scientist/psychopathic murderer. As the character Serge Aubichon’s background is disclosed, readers watch helplessly the birth of a monster (considering one of the events in Serge’s past, the concept of birth itself can be monstrous). The sense of isolation that is so predominate in “Tommy Rotten” by Adam Light in BA2 along with the writer’s descriptions of nature at its least appealing and unnatural resurfaces in “Belle Souffrance.” The human suffering found at the beginning of Evans Light’s “Candie Apple” in BA2 and to a degree in “Tommy Rotten” is turned onto its head as Serge Aubichon allows the dark side of his father to dominate his psyche and motivations. The more loving and artistic abilities of his mother—attributes Serge most admired and hoped to emulate as a youth live on in only a morphed shadow of reality of what once was in the man who changes his name to L’Artiste. “Belle Souffrance” is a seamlessly written story with the reader pretty much unaware of which brother constructed which portions of the writing to the story. One thing is for sure, however: with the Light Brothers working together, readers get twice the horror as the writers’ two minds meld into telling one gripping, often graphic narrative.

Of all of the stories in BA3, John McNee’s “Chocolate Covered Eyeball” most reads like a story told by the old Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt. From the grotesque title McNee introduces his readers to seemingly innocent characters and a back story told by a man native to the equally innocuously appearing small town of Hollybrook to his skeptical, outsider girlfriend. Like so many of the Cryptkeeper’s tales, “Chocolate Covered Eyeball” contains elements of subtle, sardonic humor and dark, fanciful revenge all tied together with a warped sense of justice.

“October’s End” by Craig Saunders is one of the more rare tales of “quiet horror” to be found in the BA collections. Although there is no gore and next to no violence, the theme of the story is quite frightening in the same sense of Robert Marasco’s 1973 novel, Burnt Offerings. Contrary to the notion that everything comes to an end, not all things do in Saunders’ tale—especially evil that can over and over again rob life and existence from others.

In “The Uncle Taffy’s Girl” Xane gives readers a Halloween party like no other for his horny, horror-loving protagonist as he encounters many of his favorite “scream queens” from the movies of his youth. Perhaps the most outrageous story in BA3, “The Uncle Taffy’s Girl” reads like a mutation of Euripides’ play, The Bacchae, and a depiction of a bloodbath for the "Blood Countess" Elizabeth Báthory—all on speed.

In BA3 Edward Lorn’s “Last Stop” is illustrative of one of the volume’s advertised adjectives: “Badder.” The horror in this tale is less fantastic than “Halloweekend” in BA2 and far more realistic (which in many ways makes the horror of the tale all the greater) with plenty of splatter as a crazed psychopath bent on revenge for a personal life gone to hell seizes a hostage so that he has someone to witness the carnage he plans on perpetrating. As he does with “Halloweekend,” Lorn derails readers’ expectations with a plot twist near the end that few will see coming and which totally changes the outcome of the story.

Of all of the stories in the BA anthologies, Mark Matthews’ “Body of Christ” may be the most controversial for some readers (probably less so for most horror fans), not because of gore and violence (although there certainly is some), but because of the religious references beginning with the germane title that also appears throughout the story. Young Keagan lives with the most fanatical (and hypocritical) of pious mothers since Carrie White in Stephen King’s Carrie (1974), a dying, helpless father, and only a dark walk-in closet in which to take refuge and squirrel away what to others would be worthless bits and pieces of things, but for Keagan are among the only possessions that he can call his own. “October’s End” is awash in irony that builds throughout to the cleverly foreshadowed, apt climax.

For his contribution to BA3, Parent gives readers both a homage to and a twist on horror films of the 1980s (for the most part) as eleven high school students of a horror film club gather in a stereotypical remote setting to celebrate Halloween in “Pulp” (the longest story in the collection). Garbed in the costumes of famous horror characters, the youths look forward to an evening of spooky films, typical energetic antics, drinking, (and for some) sex, never expecting the grisly fate that awaits them. For Jamie Carpenter, it is a most memorable night as friends begin to meet grisly deaths and Jamie (along with the reader) is clueless as to who the killer might be or how to stop the bloodshed. He is both blessed and cursed by the appearance of a well-known “Grade B” horror character from film that repeatedly shows up at the most opportune moments and is most certainly not among the guests invited to the evening’s festivities. Parent provides a short surprise at the conclusion that will have readers smirking like Anthony Perkins at the end of Psycho.

Readers who delight in well written, original horror stories can only hope that another crop of Bad Apples awaits harvesting next year.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All new tales perfect for the Halloween season! 21 September 2016
By K. A. Y. - Published on Amazon.com
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BAD APPLES 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is the third installment of this Halloween themed anthology. Adam and Evans Light, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, and Edward Lorn are now adding story inclusions from John McNee, Craig Saunders, and Mark Matthews. While the main criteria is a Halloween themed story, each author brings us their own, vastly different tale.

We start with a collaboration from the Light Brothers, entitled "Belle Souffrance". Our main character, Serge, had a difficult beginning--shaping him into the man he now is, "L'Artiste". "Nothing was black or white without gray nestled between." He is now ready to bring his version of art to the populace. Although I enjoyed this tale, I couldn't help but feel that it seemed more of an excerpt from a longer work. (4*)

Next up was John McNee's "Chocolate Covered Eyeball". This one showcased the dangers of stealing from the local shopkeeper. While the writing is excellent and completely with the holiday theme, the outcome was fairly predictable from the beginning....or so I thought. McNee added an original "twist" to the finale that made it all the more exceptional! (4*)

"October's End", by Craig Saunders was one that I found flawless in both its execution and the claustrophobia, confusion, and fear that it imparted to the reader. Harvey has been helping "grandmother" for untold Halloweens, and his scattered thoughts and memories project onto us perfectly: "There might be a reason the house was called October's End, but Harvey knew October never ended. It never had, and never would, and names and houses and old ladies all lied . . ." (5*)

"The Uncle Taffy's Girl" by Gregor Xane may have a common idea at its core, but done with Xane's off-beat flair, it becomes something much more twisted and demented. (3*)

"Last Stop" by Edward Lorn was a good story in fitting in with the theme, and I honestly did not see where the ending was going, completely. (3.5*)

"Body of Christ" by Mark Matthews has to be the darkest, and most emotional tale of the anthology. There is no explaining this one easily--you just need to read it for yourselves! (4.5*)

"Pulp" by Jason Parent was a tale that I felt ended the anthology on the perfect note! Filled with '80's horror movie and plot references, this story showcased the perfect embodiment of the Halloween spirit, ending on a completely unique note that made me wish for a sequel. (5*)

Of the entire anthology, I'd have to say that I enjoyed Jason Parent's contribution the most, followed closely by Craig Saunders'. Mark Matthew's also left a sour taste that you won't soon forget! Overall, a great anthology for the season!

Highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than bobbing for apples, less chance of drowning, too 31 August 2016
By Frank Errington - Published on Amazon.com
Halloween is fast approaching, don't believe me, just stop by your local big box store or visit any super drug store. Candy and costumes and decorations are popping up everywhere.

Good news is, it's also time for Halloween anthologies and scary stories to appear on bookshelves and in your news-feeds.

One such collection is from Evans and Adam Light, co-creators of the Bad Apples anthology series.

Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is a delicious concoction of tales that are much more fun than bobbing for apples. Plus, you're much less likely to suffer accidental drowning reading this book, unless you like to read in the tub, then you're on your own.

Belle Souffrance byAdam & Evans Light - The authors combine their talents to produce one of the most visceral stories of betrayal and revenge I've ever read. "now as he stood on the dark hillside, Halloween's arrival imminent, he imagined all that he could create with flesh as his canvas and fresh blood as his paint." Set against the backdrop of an old amusement park (one of my favorite tropes), the story was horrifyingly original.

Chocolate Covered Eyeball by John McNee - One of the wildest, most imaginative short stories I've read this year. Old man Koolter doesn't take kindly to those who shoplift from his candy store. The scene where the lead character vomits his ill-gotten candy into a toilet is disturbingly brilliant.

October's End by Craig Saunders - A suitably creepy tale about the house at October's End. "There might be a reason the house was called October's End, but Harvey knew October never ended. It never had, and never would, and names and houses and old ladies all lied."

The Uncle Taffy's Girl by Gregor Xane - This is the first time I've read anything by Gregor Xane and it's a doozy. A Halloween party for the ages. Proof once again that if something is too good to be true, it is. Gregory's story had me cringing more than once, each time with something even more terrifying than before.

Last Stop by Edward Lorn - A very disturbing bus ride with a Brit who plans to kill three people on Halloween night. First time reading Edward Lorn,too, and it won't be the last. By far the darkest story in the book, but it's also one of the best.

Body of Christ by Mark Matthews - Another dark tale of a Christian mother's resistance to Halloween. Admittedly the oddest story in the anthology and gruesome at times, yet I found it completely satisfying.

Pulp by Jason Parent - An inventive tale of another Halloween party gone awry. Most of the partygoers were members of a high school film club and "had drawn from a fishbowl a folded piece of paper with the name of an iconic horror-movie villain on it." These were their costumes. Sounds like a fun party, right. Wrong. Probably my favorite story in an anthology loaded with great tales.

Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is a remarkably diverse collection of stories. If Halloween is your thing and you like good horror, what are you waiting for?

Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is available now as a paperback from Corpus Press.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricks and Treats 13 September 2016
By janiec - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This collection has something for everyone for this Halloween season.  It contains a variety of creepy stories from the surreal to the visceral.  Adam and Evans Light's Belle Souffrance is a tale of revenge and biomechanics, taking the term "body art" to a whole new level.   John McNee's Chocolate Covered Eyeball is colorful and imaginative, and will discourage the kid in you to ever steal candy again.  October's End by Craig Saunders is a claustrophobic trip to grandma's house that reminded me of both Groundhog Day and Hotel California.  Uncle Taffy's Girl by Gregory Xane set my teeth on edge.  It was freaky and gruesome, but I could not turn away.  Pulp by Jason Parent was full of twists and turns, with references to many popular horror movies, and a nod to one of my personal favorite non-horror characters, Verbal Kint.  My two top picks were written by Edward Lorn and Mark Matthews.  Edward Lorn's Last Stop is a harrowing bus ride that goes from disturbing to downright shocking.  If you think the bad guy is evil, just wait until you meet the missus!  Mark Matthew's Body of Christ is a surreal and gutwrenching story that makes Carrie's mother look pleasant.  No matter what your belief system is, this story will affect you.  Kudos to all of the authors whose efforts made Bad Apples 3 a diverse helping of treats.

I received a free copy of this e-book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks!

4.5 glowing pumpkins
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Apples 3 ROCKED! 19 September 2016
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
Bad Apples 3 is the third installment of this series, headed up by the Light brothers, Adam and Evans! Each year they seem to up their game with this Halloween entry and this year was no different.

The standouts to me in this volume were:

<b> Belle Souffrance </b> by the Light Brothers. A nasty little Halloween tale. Beautiful Suffering is what it means and suffering, beautiful or not, is what's going to happen.

<b> Chocolate Covered Eyeballs </b> by John McNee. What else is there to say? This was my second favorite story in this collection.

<b> Body of Christ </b> by Mark Matthews. This story was so freaking awesome, I don't even know what to say. It was disturbing, imaginative, while also poignant and sad. Bravo!!

<b> Pulp </b> Pulp by Jason Parent. Pulp was just plain HORROR fun! Over the top in every way and then BAM! Punch in the face for the ending. Those types of short fiction are often my favorites and this one is right up there.

Bad Apples 3 ROCKED! What else is there to say? It's almost Halloween! What are you waiting for?

Highly recommended to fans of short, imaginative, horror fiction!

*I received a free e-ARC from Mark Matthews in exchange for my honest review. This is it. Also, I <i> know </i> most of these authors online, and consider them my friends. My review was not affected by our friendships. *