unloaded“Unloaded” is a collection of short stories edited by Eric Beetner. This group is unique because all of the writers specifically constructed their stories of murder, mayhem, and destruction without using guns.  With the next volume of “unloaded” arriving in July 2018, this is a great time to revisit the original collection.

“Unloaded” (volume 1) opens with the best wheelchair justice in a down-home classic by Joe R. Lansdale. The tales that follow are scary, thought provoking, questioning, and downright creepy. If you are not afraid of trains, baseball bats, tattoos, undertakers, clowns, or hammers, you will be by the time you are finished reading.

The advantage of an anthology such as “Unloaded” is that readers can finish an entire scary story in one sitting, while waiting for an appointment or a plane, or when one just needs a quick break from the stress of the day. Be advised however, these are not really those cute little “feel-good” stories; they compelling and scary. Once you start one, you will not be able to stop until you are finished.  It is a good thing they are short.

I received a copy of “Unloaded” (volume 1) from Down and Out Books and NetGalley. I can hardly wait for the next installment in July.