Gristle & Bone: Seven Delectable Tales of Terror
Short and novella-length fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage. Including a new Introduction from Chris Hall of DLS Reviews!
Monsters lurk among us. Cannibals. Werewolves. Artificial intelligence. The vengeful dead. Some want to harm us. Some to help. Others seek to enslave us. Whatever their motives, we can't ignore them any longer.
They are in our businesses. Our homes. They are our neighbors and families.
They are us.
Truly enjoyed all the stories in this collection. I love the tension and unease that was built and there was enough scare without resorting to gratuitous gore or shock.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This anthology makes me want to go back and reduce all the other anthologies I have listened to by 1 star. I just don’t feel like rating this book 5 stars is fair because it will be grouped with all the other 5 star reviews I have given. I absolutely will take this into consideration for all future reviews. So for now please note that while I am rating this book 5 stars across the board I would much rather give it higher.
I enjoyed the writing in this book immensely. The maturity of the writing, the humor, and the psychology of each story were top notch. The descriptions that the author provides perfectly paints everything such that I would never need to see a movie of these. I already watched it exactly as the author intended in my head.
I’m not going to go on and on about how great I think these stories are because you will get a little bit of that when you first start the book and I am sure I won’t be able to as eloquently review the stories as Chris Hall did. I will say that I felt the stories are presented in the same order I would rank them. I was still super excited about the book by the time I finished it although I would say that as with any anthology not every story is a 10, but even the worst was better than a lot of others I have read lately.
The narrator was also fantastic. He has a deep dark tone, had to adjust the speakers in my car while driving, but that richness is perfectly paired for these style stories. Looking forward to more work by Duncan with the same narrator.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. If you liked The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, then you will love these stories. The writing and narration are both top notch.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
These short (and not so short) stories run the gamut of horror.
Baby Teeth is more of a true horror and is disgusting in a good way (though if you don't like really disturbing images, be careful of this one).
Beware of the Dog is a good scary story without being too gruesome and it actually has a nice ending.
Viral was the one story that I didn't care for as much as the others. Not that it wasn't a good story, just not the kind of story I usually like but it does make you think some.
Artifact (#37) was a good ghost story and I kind of felt really bad for Amber but I kind of felt bad for the brothers and their team too. It wasn't really their fault what happened to Amber but she blames them because they put her in the crosshairs of the killer. I don't think the ghost should've come after them but it made for a good story.
//End User was a really interesting story and I really enjoyed that one because it had a great twist to it and makes you think "what if" and what would you do in that situation.
Fat of the Land was almost my favorite one of the bunch because it was a really good horror story. Even though I had an idea of what was going on, it's telegraphed pretty obviously, it still was a fun read. The only thing that stopped it from being my favorite is because there was a section that got a little confusing and I wasn't sure what was going on or what was supposed to be implied. I think I understand what the story was telling me but it was a little muddled too.
Scavengers is the longest of the "short" stories and is really well done. When you first hear what was going on, you instantly dislike the couple, even though the narrator of the story says they were friends but by the time you hear the entire story of what they thought was going on and why they did what they did, you feel for them and wish they weren't suffering because of it. It's a good spooky story that I may have to listen to again just to make sure I caught everything.
Mr. Beck does a very good job of keeping the stories interesting and giving the characters enough uniqueness that you don't get lost on who's talking or doing what while you're listening. His voice really fits a couple of the stories really well and I enjoyed listening to him.
Overall, this was a fun listen and gave me a good variety of stories to listen to. They weren't all the same thing rehashed each time and each one gave me a different kind of horror thrill as I listened to them. While they could be gruesome, they weren't gross (other than the ending of Baby Teeth but that was gross in a different way) and I enjoyed listening to them.
Seven short novellas, these horror stories are very well written, the author’s prose being smooth and descriptive. Occasionally gory, the stories are intense and draw you in.The narrator is a good story teller.
I have not listened to a horror book for a long time. Gristle and bone was a present surprise . I especially liked viral, but all the stories were very good. The narrator was very good at setting the mood for each story.