Red Breakers

Speculative Fiction

 by Russell H. Krauss

 

 

Twenty-One Mind-Bending Tales

 

Then, from a distance, from behind him, he heard the unmistakable bellowing of the sand hounds braying into the gathering dusk, and he knew that the villagers had discovered his escape. They were coming after him. . . RED BREAKERS

The crowd hurtled into the foggy gloom. What were they running from? I couldn’t see a thing. I continued on my way home, when I noticed the silence, the profound silence. There were no pedestrians, no vehicles, no horns blaring, no hailing of taxis, nothing. . . SCARY DROOVIE

The house loomed dark and gloomy as Barbara proceeded up the front walk, fishing through her purse for her keys. It occurred to her that she’d never been alone here at night. She stared at the house, at the gaping dark windows, at the shadows of tree branches projected by the street lamp crawling sinuously over the peeling, clapboard siding, and at the front door, like a gate to the unknown, harboring mystic spirits inside, and she felt chills and goose bumps moving up her arms. "Stop," she whispered into the night. . . GHOULASH

She’d finally figured out what was wrong. She didn’t know who she was. She hadn’t the slightest idea. Sue something. And she knew some guy named Mike. But for that, she knew nothing about herself. . . DOUBLE IDENTITY

ISBN 13: 978-0-9843602-8-4

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Reviews

Russell H. Krauss's stories of the macabre are spine-chilling and spellbinding. I've always been a fan of "ghouly" horror and mind-bending thrillers, which is why I recommend"Red Breakers" as one of the best horror anthologies of 2011.

Mr. Krauss is a versatile and talented fiction writer. One of the stories, "Flies", is about a town filled with horrible insects that devour people. It's reminiscent of "Twilight Zone" or Alfred Hitchcock's, "The Birds." "Churchy" is a story about an endlessly unlucky actor who looks somewhat like "The Elephant Man", and is transformed into something unexpected. All of Russell Krauss's stories have stunning and surprise endings.


The most gruesome story is "Spike", a creepy story about two elderly ladies living together who are visited by a young woman whose car needs repair. The woman is confronted by these ladies and the grotesque "Spike the serviceman", who is supposed to repair her car in the morning. An entire night of surreal sexual happenings make for a nail-biting tale.


Of course, my favorite story is "Halloween House" which reminds me not only of the Hitchcock movie "Psycho," but of the film "House on Haunted Hill." Both films involve being in a scary place; "Psycho" with Bates Motel and "House on Haunted Hill," a mansion where each guest receives $10,000.00 if they survive the night. This is the style of writing of Russell Krauss, whose stories kept me on my toes during the entire book.


Russell Krauss keeps us guessing, saving the best for last; the best being the twisted conclusions of each skillfully crafted story. As you read "Red Breakers", your eyes won't stop moving and you heart will just keep missing beats. If you enjoy the macabre, you won't be able to put this book down. This is a marvelous collection of bedtime stories for the "strong of heart."

Highly Recommended for all horror fans and those who want to take a walk on the gory side.

*Reviewed By Holly Bianchi

Holly Bianchi is a writer, poet and reviewer for Water Forest Press books. She is also a contributor to the Atlantic Highlands Herald newspaper. She has published several books including "Images of America: Sea Bright" (2008) and "Images of America: Leonardo" (2002) both by Arcadia Publishing.
Miss Bianchi published "Collage: A Collection of Poems" (1999) and "Poems for the Holidays" (1998) both by Infinity Publishing. She has also published 82 poems in newspapers and other venues.