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Others & Oddities: A Collection by [Lorn, Edward]
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In WHAT THE DARK BRINGS, Edward Lorn shared stories of hope, heartache, and horror.

Now Lorn returns with tales of terror, temptation, and treachery.

Water monsters, werewolves, leprechauns, and killer toilets are but a few of the OTHERS & ODDITIES you will find here.

Meet you on the other side.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537738488
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lornographic Material (23 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014E2FFZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #943,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Adrian Shotbolt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 September 2016
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I feel bad that I have only just gotten around to reading this fantastic collection of dark fiction from Edward Lorn. I’ve had it on my Kindle for some time and and after approaching the author for a spot on my Storytellers feature, I thought I’d sneak it into the ever bulging TBR.

I have a great fondness for short story collections. This one features a couple of stories that are more in the novelette category and prove to be among the strongest pieces. I have to be honest in saying that not a single story here disappointed, and one of the real strengths of this collection lies in the unpredictability of the stories. We’ve all read a hundred plus stories on Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and though I still love these tropes, but it’s always nice to be surprised by a writers reluctance to visit them, choosing instead to go somewhere very different.

By the end of the first story I knew I was onto something a little bit special. It’s a tale about genetic tampering and the bloody aftermath of a strange birth, which was quite bizarre but also unsettling. Elsewhere, strange gold creatures attack a family and only music can keep them at bay, kudos here to Mr Lorn for name dropping Cradle of Filth and Blind Melon in an excellent short story. The real jewels were perhaps the longest pieces. ‘The Scare Rows’ was like ‘Children of the Corn’ meets Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and I absolutely loved it – sex, gore, men with pumpkin heads ravaging the locals! Oh my, wonderful stuff. I loved ‘Crawl’ too, the story about a cheating husband and his wife who become involved in a car crash…but, things don’t end there. Juliet wakes up crucified to a stake and the night gets progressively worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of shorts 4 October 2015
By Thomas Strömquist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Edward Lorn's aptly named second collection has a number of odd, wild, thrilling, bit nauseating and funny stories. I even love the cover!

If you haven't made the acquaintance of this brilliant writer, this is a great introduction I think. Often not for the squeamish, Lorn writes effective stories with superb characterization and with a narration that is nicely flowing and always rings true.

It is also a great deal if you're behind in the output, since it's got Full Moon Over Cedar Hill, Trailer & Crawl!

The only reason to why this slips a single notch in my rating is that a few of the 14 stories does not engage all the way. The main reason for that is that I felt them too short.

'No Such Thing' is a science/sci-fi story with great feel to it. Funny and chilling and very reminiscent of other works of which I can name none - so my guess is that it is more atmosphere and mood than anything else. Genetics and cloning and the discovery that maybe having a black soul (or a Head like a hole?) is quite possibly not the absolute worst.

'Now I've Seen Everything': Now I've read everything. Weird and short.

'Cinder Block': Bay's End story! This I felt Joyce Carol Oates in. Yes, really.

'Blah-Doop': A quick rest-room stop. No complaints about this straightforward piece.

'The Morning Dew': Brilliant short which does show how much you can accomplish in the short format if you are a good author! Paints a very live and vivid picture despite the length. Loved this one!

'The Red Door on Market Street': Another short one; evil draws evil doers. I think. You may describe it differently.

'Full Moon Over Cedar Hill': Lovely piece of horror and karma. A terminal ward and terminally inclined intruders.

'Got Your Goat': Short and straight. Classic horror twist in an unorthodox setting.

'The Scare Rows': An evil carnival comes to Bay's End! Probably my favorite of the lot.

'On The Rails': Superb "Twilight Zone"-chiller. Classical ingredients. Loved this one too!

'Trailer': A creature feature; very well told and very good.

'Just Short of Paradise': Did not see that (rapture) coming!

'What Comes Around Goes Around': This title says a lot really; who does not love a story of deserved comeuppance?

'Crawl': I recently read and reviewed this great, a bit longer than the rest, story. I was particularly fond of the great opening and backstory and the twist I felt when I was cast headlong into first Spielberg's "Duel" and then further into surreal territories.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great wee collection of shorts! 28 August 2015
By Scarlet Aingeal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of Others & Oddities in return for an honest review.

Others & Oddities was a great wee collection of shorts. Edward Lorn is one of my fav authors when it comes to short stories, he always manages to pack so much into them and creates the feel of a complete novel condensed down to a few pages. The stories are all very different and full of the wit, scares and characterisation that I have come to really enjoy in this authors work.

If I had to name a favourite from the collection it would have to be Just Short of Paradise. I really liked the message behind this one.

I rated each story as I read it, that way you can get a better idea of the content. No spoilers though!

1 - No Such Thing: This is why you shouldn't mess with mother nature! - 4 stars.

2- Now I've Seen Everything: Lol this guy shoulda been named Walley. - 3 stars.

3 - Cinder Block: Love hurts in more ways than one. - 3 stars.

4 - Blah-Doop: That's one well trained man, flushing even after all that lol. - 4 stars.

5 - The Morning Dew: I enjoyed this one but I wasn't a fan of the latter part. - 2.5 stars.

6 - The Red Door Market Street: Loved this, was very clever and thought provoking. - 5 stars.

7 - Full Moon Over Cedar Hill: I had read this previously and it actually made my favourites of 2014 shelf. Very good werewolf story! - 5 stars.

8 - Got Your Goat: My gran bred goats on her farm so I can assure you that yes, goats will eat almost anything. - 3 stars.

9 - The Scare Rows: I have read this one previously and it's one of my favourite shorts by this author. It tickles my sense of humour for personal reasons. - 5 stars.

10 - On The Rails: This ones too short really to say anything without giving something away. - 3 stars.

11 - Trailer: I really liked the cold atmosphere of this one and how you're thrown immediately into the deep end. - 4 stars.

12 - Just Short of Paradise: I love the message behind this one. Totally fitting with all the judging and hate that's going around right now on certain topics. - 5 stars.

13 - What Comes Around Goes Around: That was horrible to read, granted the ending was great and totally made it worth it, but the sbuject matter is heartbreaking. - 5 stars.

14 - Crawl: That's gotta hurt - 4 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror that will stick to your shoes 28 August 2015
By TheBehrg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cross Stephen King with Chuck Palahniuk and you get Edward Lorn. I can't remember the last time I've been this excited to discover a new author. "Others & Oddities" is a collection of dark and seriously messed up stories. What surprised me was how quickly Lorn was able to create believable characters. I would have followed each of these stories for much longer. In fact, my only complaint is that several of the stories ended too abruptly. The payoff didn't live up to the build-up. That being said, I devoured this book, and am looking forward to more Lorn.

If you're looking for an original voice in the horror genre, look no further. Just don't expect cupcakes and happy endings with your plate of gore. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant horror collection. 16 September 2016
By Adrian Shotbolt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I feel bad that I have only just gotten around to reading this fantastic collection of dark fiction from Edward Lorn. I’ve had it on my Kindle for some time and and after approaching the author for a spot on my Storytellers feature, I thought I’d sneak it into the ever bulging TBR.

I have a great fondness for short story collections. This one features a couple of stories that are more in the novelette category and prove to be among the strongest pieces. I have to be honest in saying that not a single story here disappointed, and one of the real strengths of this collection lies in the unpredictability of the stories. We’ve all read a hundred plus stories on Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and though I still love these tropes, but it’s always nice to be surprised by a writers reluctance to visit them, choosing instead to go somewhere very different.

By the end of the first story I knew I was onto something a little bit special. It’s a tale about genetic tampering and the bloody aftermath of a strange birth, which was quite bizarre but also unsettling. Elsewhere, strange gold creatures attack a family and only music can keep them at bay, kudos here to Mr Lorn for name dropping Cradle of Filth and Blind Melon in an excellent short story. The real jewels were perhaps the longest pieces. ‘The Scare Rows’ was like ‘Children of the Corn’ meets Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and I absolutely loved it – sex, gore, men with pumpkin heads ravaging the locals! Oh my, wonderful stuff. I loved ‘Crawl’ too, the story about a cheating husband and his wife who become involved in a car crash…but, things don’t end there. Juliet wakes up crucified to a stake and the night gets progressively worse.

I haven’t read anything by Edward Lorn before, and I know some of these stories have been made available elsewhere, but that doesn’t worry me. If you’re looking to sample some of Mr Lorn’s shorter works then this is the perfect place to start. It is a collection where Lorn shows off his full repertoire of horror with frightening ease and a real unpredictability in his storytelling. His style is easy to read and his characters are great. Bursting with fresh ideas, blood and guts, this collection is mindbogglingly good. I loved it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection! 27 August 2015
By MommaCat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
ODDITIES AND OTHERS is a mixed bag collection by one of my favorite and perhaps oddest authors, Ed Lorn. I say it's mixed because it contains short stories both old and new. So, some you may have in one form or another, but for the most part, these are new. They all have E's style (if you read THE SCARE ROWS) you know what I mean. If you haven't, it's in here. Read it. Be scared. Never eat corn again. '

If you haven't read Lorn before, he can be shocking. He can be extreme. Check him out with a look inside, then buy everything. I love this dude.