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The minds behind the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR return this October with another batch of frightful fare. This time, they brought along a friend - Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke! Dive into the season with these six Halloween treats: • Two boys enter a Halloween attraction that holds a devilish secret - but one of the boys h The minds behind the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR return this October with another batch of frightful fare. This time, they brought along a friend - Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke! Dive into the season with these six Halloween treats: • Two boys enter a Halloween attraction that holds a devilish secret - but one of the boys has a surprise of his own in Edward Lorn's HALLOWEEKEND. • Halloween was his birthday, and all poor Bob Talley wanted was for his family to be together again. This year, his wish might come true amid whispers of CANDIE APPLE, from Evans Light. • A deserter seeks to escape the horrors of war and pave a new existence in a foreign land in Jason Parent's DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. • Does something putrid truly reside in a small town’s pumpkin patch, or is it only a local legend? Find out in Adam Light's TOMMY ROTTEN. • An old man and his dog await Halloween visitors with candy and a shotgun in Kealan Patrick Burke's THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR. • Jimmy Stones and his Uncle Shel uncover the dark secrets of Medium, Ohio's annual Halloween puppet show in Gregor Xane's DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY.


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The minds behind the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR return this October with another batch of frightful fare. This time, they brought along a friend - Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke! Dive into the season with these six Halloween treats: • Two boys enter a Halloween attraction that holds a devilish secret - but one of the boys h The minds behind the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR return this October with another batch of frightful fare. This time, they brought along a friend - Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke! Dive into the season with these six Halloween treats: • Two boys enter a Halloween attraction that holds a devilish secret - but one of the boys has a surprise of his own in Edward Lorn's HALLOWEEKEND. • Halloween was his birthday, and all poor Bob Talley wanted was for his family to be together again. This year, his wish might come true amid whispers of CANDIE APPLE, from Evans Light. • A deserter seeks to escape the horrors of war and pave a new existence in a foreign land in Jason Parent's DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. • Does something putrid truly reside in a small town’s pumpkin patch, or is it only a local legend? Find out in Adam Light's TOMMY ROTTEN. • An old man and his dog await Halloween visitors with candy and a shotgun in Kealan Patrick Burke's THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR. • Jimmy Stones and his Uncle Shel uncover the dark secrets of Medium, Ohio's annual Halloween puppet show in Gregor Xane's DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY.

30 review for Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul Nelson

    The Bad Apples crew are back with their second Halloween collection and they've added Kealan Patrick Burke to the mix, an assortment of six leading lights and promising voices in the world of horror. First up is Edward Lorn with Halloweekend, Dean Laymon opens the Horror House every year at Halloween for the visitors but a stroke prevents him this year and with no-one to feed the animatronics. Things aren't looking too good for the neighbourhood closest to Horror House, in fact what better night The Bad Apples crew are back with their second Halloween collection and they've added Kealan Patrick Burke to the mix, an assortment of six leading lights and promising voices in the world of horror. First up is Edward Lorn with Halloweekend, Dean Laymon opens the Horror House every year at Halloween for the visitors but a stroke prevents him this year and with no-one to feed the animatronics. Things aren't looking too good for the neighbourhood closest to Horror House, in fact what better night for carnage than this one. The Lorn horror humour is back. Candie Apple by Evans Light is horror revisited on Bob Talley, twelve months ago his wife Candie was bobbing for apples after their Halloween party when a shelf collapsed and dumped a toolbox on her head just as she'd got an apple clamped between her teeth, stretching her jaw wide. This year the horror of Halloween just won't leave Bob and his children alone. Shouldn’t laugh at the accident but it sounds too much like one of my shelves. Jason Parent's contribution is Dia de los Muertos and the day of the dead festival in Mexico. Three days of celebration and Russell Thompkins avoiding the light on a night of blood. Intermingled with his time spent in Afghanistan, in the tunnels and something even his captors are terrified of. Top job with a familiar character type. Tommy Rotten by Adam Light tells the story of a prisoner to an abandoned haunted house on the one night of the year when Tommy Rotten can capture a companion, get the pumpkins out. The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke sees an old man sitting up on his porch all night, waiting for the yearly visit from the masked visitors that step soundlessly from the cornfield. Cracking tale of shivers. Lastly Gregor Xane with Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity and the Halloween puppet show. Young Jimmy Stones and Uncle Shel are investigating the puppet show and its history. 'Shel stood in the middle of this impatient throng and lit up a smoke. He sucked on the thing like it was the nipple of a water goddess he'd discovered after six days of dehydration on a desert isle. And when he exhaled, he made the sound Jimmy often heard the man make when he settled down on the toilet for his morning shit, a sound that said ‘this is what it's all about.’ They of course get a little more than they bargained for, but not before we have a few laughs with two hilarious characters only Xane could dream up. Especially the radio interview with Popcan Rob editing his porn tapes to cut the blokes out. Six enjoyable horrific Halloween tales with the odd slice of humour neatly wrapped up amongst the violence and mayhem. Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    Apples. They're not just for dinner anymore. For your Halloween consideration, here are six tales to make you tingle. Halloweekend by Edward Lorn Easter egg Nirvana. A house of horror is home sweet home to some of those creepy old-fashioned animatronics. Remember the fortuneteller in the box? We had one at our local nickel arcade and she was creepy as all get out. This one is beautiful, and she has a sweet tooth. '...see what makes me tick.' Candie Apple by Evans Light Bobbing for apples may lose Apples. They're not just for dinner anymore. For your Halloween consideration, here are six tales to make you tingle. Halloweekend by Edward Lorn Easter egg Nirvana. A house of horror is home sweet home to some of those creepy old-fashioned animatronics. Remember the fortuneteller in the box? We had one at our local nickel arcade and she was creepy as all get out. This one is beautiful, and she has a sweet tooth. '...see what makes me tick.' Candie Apple by Evans Light Bobbing for apples may lose a bit of its charm for you. On the other hand, it has a way of bringing loved ones together. Dia De Los Muertos by Jason Parent Kandehar has left an indelible mark on Russell. 3:42 p.m. Always cold, always hungry, always thirsty. 'We all go a little mad sometimes.' Tommy Rotten by Adam Light A foreboding old house with a very peculiar pumpkin patch. A full moon shines down, watchful and uncaring. The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke An old man, all alone except for his dog and his shotgun. Sit a spell with him on the front stoop as he surveys the cornfield, their husks hissing in the wind. Doctor Proclivity and Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane Medium, Ohio. The Halloween Puppet Theater Event has come to town. Uncle Shel and "little" Jimmy are bound and determined to have a look-see backstage. What do you want to bet the two of them wish they hadn't done that?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bark

    This is gonna be short because I’m lazy. Bad Apples 2 is another solid selection of little horror vignettes that every horror fan should read right about now. Ed Lorn’s Halloweekend takes us to visit a haunted attraction whose owner has passed away. Now the attractions have no guidance and are left to fend for themselves and the results aren’t pretty, folks. Carnage ensues. Lots and lots of carnage. 4* Candie Apple by Evans Light is a creepy and tragic tale about love and loss. I knew there was a r This is gonna be short because I’m lazy. Bad Apples 2 is another solid selection of little horror vignettes that every horror fan should read right about now. Ed Lorn’s Halloweekend takes us to visit a haunted attraction whose owner has passed away. Now the attractions have no guidance and are left to fend for themselves and the results aren’t pretty, folks. Carnage ensues. Lots and lots of carnage. 4* Candie Apple by Evans Light is a creepy and tragic tale about love and loss. I knew there was a reason I never had an urge to dip my face in a tub of apples (besides the left over spit and messed up makeup) . . . 4* Jason Parent’s Dia De Los Muertos tells the tale of an AWOL soldier taking refuge in Mexico who is haunted by his memories. It’s surprising and brutal with a smothering atmosphere. Fantastic. 5* Tommy Rotten by Adam Light should serve as a warning to stay away from haunted houses. It never ends well for the nosey parker’s. 4* The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke A lonely old man and his faithful dog await visitors from the cornfield. This one made me all sad and that’s quite a feat. 4 ½ *’s Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane This is a weird one. It’s nearly time for the annual creepy ass puppet show. But the puppet show is nothing compared to what horrors hide behind the stage. Horrible, terrible, bizarro things happen there. Things not meant for the eyes of the general public. This one takes you on a strange and terrifying little journey that surprised and horrified me at every turn. 4 ½ stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    BAD APPLES (2014) was one of the best Halloween collections I read last year, so I was very eager to grab a copy of BAD APPLES 2, this year. Added to the author lineup in 2015 is Kealan Patrick Burke, making this book six stories, instead of last year's five. Overall, a fantastic collection (once again), and one that I'm sure will be re-read many times in the future. There were two stories in this version that I had previously read; however, one of them was a particularly apt choice for the them BAD APPLES (2014) was one of the best Halloween collections I read last year, so I was very eager to grab a copy of BAD APPLES 2, this year. Added to the author lineup in 2015 is Kealan Patrick Burke, making this book six stories, instead of last year's five. Overall, a fantastic collection (once again), and one that I'm sure will be re-read many times in the future. There were two stories in this version that I had previously read; however, one of them was a particularly apt choice for the theme. --HALLOWEEKEND, by Edward Lorn: What happens when an area's best haunted house attraction loses it's creator? One who's creations may be a bit too...uncomfortably....realistic.... (4*) --CANDIE APPLE, by Evans Light: Although I had previously read this story twice before, it is a deeply disquieting tale that retains it's vivid, emotional atmosphere time and time again. Bob Talley wants nothing more than to have his family together for his birthday--which falls on Halloween. This is an incredibly inventive take on the "be careful what you wish for" theme, that penetrates deep into your mind. (5*) --DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, by Jason Parent: This was my personal favorite story in this collection. The detail in the atmosphere here was simply perfect--able to sweep you away mentally to where the action was taking place. One of the longer "slices" in this book, we have a very original and thought-provoking tale combining a veteran from the war in Afghanistan, hiding out in Mexico during "Dia De Los Muertos", and an old legend brought out with a new spin to it. Killer ending! (5*) --TOMMY ROTTON, by Adam Light: This was the other story that I had read once before. While it fits in with the theme perfectly, I found it just too "predictable" for my tastes. (3.5*) --THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR, by Kealan Patrick Burke: An emotive story revolving around an old man with only his faithful dog for a companion. They sit upon the porch where the man reminisces about Halloweens past, when he had a family around him. This one literally had my jaw dropping at one point. Fantastic tale that will stay haunting you for some time to come! (5*) --DOCTOR PROCLIVITY AND PROFESSOR PROPENSITY, by Gregor Xane: This one was very difficult for me to break down. We have an odd duo of an Uncle and his nephew that strikes me as having more of a "who done it?" vibe than a "horror" story. The horror elements are certainly there, but for myself, it just seemed to take on an entirely different turn at the end that didn't really hit me as hard as some of the others. (3.5*) Overall rating for me, between 4 and 4.5 stars. A great collection of stories to bring about those haunted feelings in time for the holiday! Highly recommended!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    4 stars Another great anthology from the Bad Apples gang. I'm really hoping this becomes an annual publishing event. Halloweekend (Edward Lorn) - 4 stars. What happens when a local "haunted house" owner passes away? Candie Apple (Evans Light) - 4 stars. What's wrong with wanting the family together for a holiday? Some great DIY safety tips with this one! ;) Dia de los Muertos (Jason Parent) - 5 stars. The most impactful story of this anthology, with an outstanding twist on an old tale. Tommy Rotten 4 stars Another great anthology from the Bad Apples gang. I'm really hoping this becomes an annual publishing event. Halloweekend (Edward Lorn) - 4 stars. What happens when a local "haunted house" owner passes away? Candie Apple (Evans Light) - 4 stars. What's wrong with wanting the family together for a holiday? Some great DIY safety tips with this one! ;) Dia de los Muertos (Jason Parent) - 5 stars. The most impactful story of this anthology, with an outstanding twist on an old tale. Tommy Rotten (Adam Light) - 3.5 stars. Follow-up to Ghost Light Road from Bad Apples 1. One Night of the Year (Kealan Patrick Burke) - 5 stars. Really liked this tale about a man and his dog on Halloween night. Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity (Gregor Xane) - 4.5 stars. Strangest of the bunch, by far. I'll need to go back and read this one several times to try and figure out what I read the first time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    Finally, I got around to one in this series! I was going to say that I don't know what took me so long, but when I think about it, the main reason I did get around to it was that it was marked down this Halloween (when there was a part 3), so I guess I'm just cheap... I'm really glad I jumped at it though, because this was a very good one and a nice introduction to a few authors. The book kicks off with Edward Lorn, who delivers in unmistakable and great style - Halloweekend tells the story of t Finally, I got around to one in this series! I was going to say that I don't know what took me so long, but when I think about it, the main reason I did get around to it was that it was marked down this Halloween (when there was a part 3), so I guess I'm just cheap... I'm really glad I jumped at it though, because this was a very good one and a nice introduction to a few authors. The book kicks off with Edward Lorn, who delivers in unmistakable and great style - Halloweekend tells the story of the p̶a̶r̶t̶s̶ inhabitants of a haunted house fairground attraction that are left to their own devices when the manager passes. Loads of references, humor horror and fantastic writing. An easy 4* show. Candie Apple by Evans Light - I've only ever read the free short Whatever Possessed You? by this author before. This one is certainly a step up. Very atmospheric and creepy and the writing is really good. A tiny bit predictable in it's non-explaining way, but it matters little. 4* also to this. And if we've had our share of 'fun' Halloween horror, that's good, because there's not much fun with Dia de los Muertos - it is a friggin' nightmare! My first Jason Parent story, but it won't be my last. Dark, visceral, haunting and violent - if he can do this with such a 'simple' story, I'm interested in more. 5* Back to very classic ground (or field) of Halloween horror is Tommy Rotten by Adam Light. Another first for me and a well written story. This is possible to tell the ending of at the outset though, so 3* it is. With the certainty, rather than risk, of spending Christmas time this year in the Box-of-shame™ courtesy of Horror queen Charlene, I'm forced to confess to The One Night of the Year being my very first by Kealan Patrick Burke. Luckily (for me that is), I liked it very much. Very atmospheric and with just the right amount of (non-)explained horror. And with a fine Halloween twist! 4* The closing story, Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane did not work well for me at all, unfortunately. Now, this is an author I at least have sampled before and I know he can write, but this overly long yarn about a grown (albeit little) man posing as 6 years old (which - wrongly, sure, but still - invoked horrible images of precocious kids in my head) investigating the (glaringly obvious, but as yet undetected) disappearance of lots of kids in connection with a mysterious puppet show was way too much a kids' story for me. 2*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    What do you do when you're a collective group of five (predominantly) horror writers who released an excellent series of shorts last Halloween and called said collection Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror? Well, obviously, you release another collection, only in keeping with the tradition of sequels across mediums you make it bigger! And call it Bad Apples 2: Electric Boogaloo, because you recognise the incontrovertible truth that ALL second sequels should have this post-colon title. Oh, What do you do when you're a collective group of five (predominantly) horror writers who released an excellent series of shorts last Halloween and called said collection Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror? Well, obviously, you release another collection, only in keeping with the tradition of sequels across mediums you make it bigger! And call it Bad Apples 2: Electric Boogaloo, because you recognise the incontrovertible truth that ALL second sequels should have this post-colon title. Oh, alright. Lorn, Xane, The Brothers Light and Parent did not call it Electric Boogaloo (more's the pity), but they did release a sequel and it is bigger because this time they've brought a friend named Burke. No, not Carter Burke. He died at the end of Aliens. Kealan Patrick Burke, and that, review-reader, is good news indeed... Bad Apples 2 is the rarest of beasts: an anthology that does not contain a bad story. All six of the tales contained within fall on the good side of three stars, and one even comes close to cracking my very rare and exclusive club of five star reads. Burke contributes the shortest of the bunch, THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR, but it packs quite a bit into its sparse number of pages as an elderly man and his dog wait for the things that inevitably come on Halloween night. This one is simple in execution, but powerful in construction, and left me musing over the possible meaning of the why behind what was happening. 3.5 stars. CANDIE APPLE by Evans Light is a nasty trip down Grief Lane as a man who lost his wife to a horrible accident the previous Halloween awakens on this Halloween to a house that feels all too quiet and empty. I really felt for the protagonist in this one, and the ending was note perfect. 3.5 stars. Adam Light picks up from the story brother Evans told in the first Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror with his contribution, TOMMY ROTTEN. In this one, poor dead Tommy only wants someone to keep him company in his pumpkin field grave, and on Halloween is able to put that yearning into supernatural action - which is bad news for any trick 'r treaters in the area. Light nicely builds the legend of Tommy with his seemingly effortless prose, and I like the way in which the Light Brothers play in each other's worlds. 3.5 stars. Jason Parent provides perhaps the darkest and most richly descriptive story with DIA DE LOS MUERTOS as his Afghanistan vet attempts to deal with an exceptionally rare form of PTSD. Parent structures his story so that the action goes back and forth between current Day of the Dead in Mexico, and back in the past when his protagonist became afflicted with his "PTSD" - the past scenes being especially creepy and effective. 4 stars. DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY is not just a handful to type, it's also by far the longest tale within this collection and borders on being a novella all on its own. This Gregor Xane tale contains his trademark weirdness, but it also paints a great mystery that his memorable protagonists set about solving as they suspect a puppet show which only makes an appearance on Halloween is responsible for disappearing a number of local children. Cue creepy puppets and all manner of craziness once Jimmy and Uncle Shel peer behind the curtain ... This one really had me hooked, and Xane has an unparalleled ability to pull you into his worlds, no matter how bizarre they might be. 4.5 stars. And finally, my favourite slice of Bad Apples 2 was Edward Lorn's HALLOWEEKEND. This tale of a haunted Halloween attraction that goes very, very wrong was exactly my kind of mix of weird monsters, engaging characters and gruesome gore. It even has a mid-story twist that you might have seen before, but never delivered in the way Lorn handles it here. Plus I love how Lorn never shies away from killing any character in his stories. I mentioned above I was toying with 5 stars, and after writing this paragraph, I've decided: it's a 5 star effort. So there you have it. Any horror loving aficionado owes it to themselves to pick up Bad Apples 2 and consume it on, over, or after Halloween. Because who wouldn't like a shiver-charged whiff of Halloween whenever the mood strikes them? 4 Reasons to Never Look Behind the Curtain for Bad Apples 2: Electric Boogaloo.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror is a follow-up to last year's Halloween-themed anthology and features the same authors as before, but with one new addition. Joining this cool little writer's troupe is Kealan Patrick Burke, who certainly wins points for atmospheric style with his short story "The One Night of the Year." I found the first Bad Apples collection to be a perfect seasonal read in the evenings leading up to Halloween, so jumping on board for a second helping was a no braine Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror is a follow-up to last year's Halloween-themed anthology and features the same authors as before, but with one new addition. Joining this cool little writer's troupe is Kealan Patrick Burke, who certainly wins points for atmospheric style with his short story "The One Night of the Year." I found the first Bad Apples collection to be a perfect seasonal read in the evenings leading up to Halloween, so jumping on board for a second helping was a no brainer. If you liked the previous anthology, or are just in need of some solid and quick horror reads to get you in the proper mindset for October 31, buying Bad Apples 2 is an obvious choice and should satisfy your appetites nicely. The tales here range from straight-up monster horror mayhem to dread inducing ghost stories, and a splash of Twilight Zone weirdness for good measure. HALLOWEEKEND by Ed Lorn is a fun little romp of horror house mayhem. What happens to those animatronics when their keeper leaves them to their own devices for a night? Worse still, what happens when they get loose and venture out into the streets seeking a sugar rush? This is a great short story, and the gypsy Janzuzu...loved the heck out of this creation. All hail Janzuzu! Bonus points to Mr. Lorn for naming his characters are many very familiar horror authors that have no doubt provided him with a great deal of entertainment and inspiration over the years. Evans Light's CANDIE APPLE is a wonderfully creepy ghost story (of a sort). The opening packs in a lot of emotion, followed a frenetic sequence of discoveries that had my heart racing. So far we're two for two in this anthology (but based on the first Bad Apples, I wasn't really expecting anything less...) DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Jason Parent - I freaking LOVED this tale of an AWOL soldier hiding out in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebration. The writing and story telling is freaking crisp and absorbing as all get out, and even managed some great military-horror in the process. The Afghan-set B-story is every bit as compelling as the A-story as Russel goes on the hunt through the Day of the Dead parade. Just absolutely superb, and perhaps my favorite of the collection. On a small note, I really liked the small nods and references back to Lorn's story that peppered Parent's narrative, and which gives the anthology a bit more depth and interconnectedness. TOMMY ROTTEN by Adam Light is a perfectly serviceable short story that keeps the Halloween theme right at its center by focusing on a pumpkin patch haunted by the titular figure. My only real complaint is that, compared to the other works in the antho, it's so very short. By the time I really got into the groove of this story, it was over. THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR by Kealan Patrick Burke is another short short story, but one that practically oozes atmosphere right out of my Kindle's screen. Here we find an old man and his dog, resting on their porch, awaiting the arrival of a few much-expected and very unwelcome visitors. There's enough humanity to balance out the dread here perfectly, and this story just sucks the reader right on in. I kinda want to see a short black & white film made out of this one ASAP. Note to self: Read more of Burke's material pronto! DOCTOR PROCLIVITY AND PROFESSOR PROPENSITY by Gregor Xane more than makes up for the brevity of the prior two short stories and amounts to nearly forty percent of the page count all by itself. Thankfully, it's a damn engrossing page-turner that sends the anthology out on a high note. Xane brings a welcome touch of noir to the proceedings as Jimmy and his Uncle Shel - "investigators" of a sort - chase down the trail of missing children to Medium, Ohio and the small town's annual Halloween puppet show. There's a procedural element to the narrative, but one that rapidly shifts gears into the ultra-weird during the story's climax and pushes right on through to a bitterly dark finale. In short, I dug this one quite a lot! Bad Apples 2 is certainly one of the more consistent horror anthologies I've read, in terms of quality and tonality, and it's perfect reading material for All Hallow's Eve and the days leading up to it, as night falls ever faster.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andi Rawson

    Review of Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror Excellent Halloween anthology from some of the nicest guys I know and some stellar authors as well. So I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this simply because because I loved the first Bad Apples so damn much. However, let me just say that the addition of Kealan Patrick Burke more than made up for that.   The stories in order of appearance:   Halloweekend, Edward Lorn: No comment.   Candie Apple by Evans Light: As awesome this year as i Review of Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror Excellent Halloween anthology from some of the nicest guys I know and some stellar authors as well. So I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this simply because because I loved the first Bad Apples so damn much. However, let me just say that the addition of Kealan Patrick Burke more than made up for that.   The stories in order of appearance:   Halloweekend, Edward Lorn: No comment.   Candie Apple by Evans Light: As awesome this year as it was last year. Yes, it's republished, get over it. It rocks. Who knew that bobbing for apples could be dangerous. And for Bob Talley, together forever takes on a whole new meaning. If you hear chanting this Halloween it probably won't be for Bloody Mary...   Dia de los Muertos by Jason Parent: It's the day of the dead in Mexico City and for Russell, just another day of the horror he has come to know as his life. A former army soldier, Russell relives his time in Afghanistan incessantly and seems to have brought back more than PTSD with him. Constantly cold and thirsty, will Russell ever find relief? Very poignantly written, we get an up-close look at the death that we so casually and carelessly celebrate.   Tommy Rotten by Adam Light: Tommy is lonely. Tommy Rachen is a legend in town but not in any heroic sense. One day Tommy's body was discovered in a pumpkin patch located next to a haunted house on Cypress Lane. Today, just like every Halloween, Tommy hopes for someone to play with.. I have an affinity for haunted houses and have since I can remember. This story is Halloween for me.   The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke: Caleb is an old man who has been left with nothing but his dog Rufus and his memories of happier times when he had a family instead of simply a dusty old farmhouse. Halloween, the one day of the year that he hopes for/dreads the most. Will they come this year? Does he want them to? What if they don't? So many questions, but alas, Caleb is ready once again... I loved this. A brilliant story from a brilliant writer that I am glad joined the Bad Apples crew.   Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane: First off, I am reviewing this one even there were no goats. NO. GOATS. Kids are going missing and the only common link seems to be a yearly Halloween puppet show that no one seems to know much about. When little Jimmy and his sidekick Uncle Shel go out to investigate, they find themselves in the midst of perhaps the oddest puppet show ever to exist and a whole lot more... I'm not sure what else to say about this weird little story other than to read it. It's Gregor so you know it's good. It's Gregor, so you also know that it's strange and strange he delivers in his little sick puppety story. I, of course, enjoyed this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Another excellent collection from the bad boys that brought you the original Bad Apples and Dead Roses. But wait…there's more! They are even badder in Bad Apples 2 with the addition of Kealan Patrick Burke to the line-up. If you were going to add to an already excellent line up of authors, it doesn’t get any better than KPB. A solid collection of Halloween horrors, as I have come to expect from this bunch. Oh yeah, and the new guy is alright too. 4+ Stars!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andi Rawson

    Excellent Halloween anthology from some of the nicest guys I know and some stellar authors as well. So I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this simply because because I loved the first Bad Apples so damn much. However, let me just say that the addition of Kealan Patrick Burke more than made up for that. The stories in order of appearance: Halloweekend, Edward Lorn: No comment. Candie Apple by Evans Light: As awesome this year as it was last year. Yes, it's republished, get over it. It Excellent Halloween anthology from some of the nicest guys I know and some stellar authors as well. So I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this simply because because I loved the first Bad Apples so damn much. However, let me just say that the addition of Kealan Patrick Burke more than made up for that. The stories in order of appearance: Halloweekend, Edward Lorn: No comment. Candie Apple by Evans Light: As awesome this year as it was last year. Yes, it's republished, get over it. It rocks. Who knew that bobbing for apples could be dangerous. And for Bob Talley, together forever takes on a whole new meaning. If you hear chanting this Halloween it probably won't be for Bloody Mary... Dia de los Muertos by Jason Parent: It's the day of the dead in Mexico City and for Russell, just another day of the horror he has come to know as his life. A former army soldier, Russell relives his time in Afghanistan incessantly and seems to have brought back more than PTSD with him. Constantly cold and thirsty, will Russell ever find relief? Very poignantly written, we get an up-close look at the death that we so casually and carelessly celebrate. Tommy Rotten by Adam Light: Tommy is lonely. Tommy Rachen is a legend in town but not in any heroic sense. One day Tommy's body was discovered in a pumpkin patch located next to a haunted house on Cypress Lane. Today, just like every Halloween, Tommy hopes for someone to play with.. I have an affinity for haunted houses and have since I can remember. This story is Halloween for me. The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke: Caleb is an old man who has been left with nothing but his dog Rufus and his memories of happier times when he had a family instead of simply a dusty old farmhouse. Halloween, the one day of the year that he hopes for/dreads the most. Will they come this year? Does he want them to? What if they don't? So many questions, but alas, Caleb is ready once again... I loved this. A brilliant story from a brilliant writer that I am glad joined the Bad Apples crew. Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane: First off, I am reviewing this one even there were no goats. NO. GOATS. Kids are going missing and the only common link seems to be a yearly Halloween puppet show that no one seems to know much about. When little Jimmy and his sidekick Uncle Shel go out to investigate, they find themselves in the midst of perhaps the oddest puppet show ever to exist and a whole lot more... I'm not sure what else to say about this weird little story other than to read it. It's Gregor so you know it's good. It's Gregor, so you also know that it's strange and strange he delivers in his little sick puppety story. I, of course, enjoyed this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    The gang behind Bad Apples 1 and The Dead Roses are back at it again, with some more spine tingling tales of Halloween. This time they brought along a friend, Kealan Patrick Burke to give us six slices of Halloween Halloween Weekend, By Ed Lorn: (4 Stars) When a haunted house loses the brains behind the attraction, it can never be the same. Candie Apple, by Evan Light:(4 Stars) Bob Talley birthday is on Halloween! Bob just wants his family to be together for that one day. You better think twice, be The gang behind Bad Apples 1 and The Dead Roses are back at it again, with some more spine tingling tales of Halloween. This time they brought along a friend, Kealan Patrick Burke to give us six slices of Halloween Halloween Weekend, By Ed Lorn: (4 Stars) When a haunted house loses the brains behind the attraction, it can never be the same. Candie Apple, by Evan Light:(4 Stars) Bob Talley birthday is on Halloween! Bob just wants his family to be together for that one day. You better think twice, before you make this wish? Dia De Los Muertos, by Jason Parent: (5 Stars) This was one of the best tales in the collection! It shows us a scary side of what hell can really be like, with a twist of an old legend. Tommy Rotten, by Adam Light:(3.5 Stars) Does something really live out in the pumpkin patch or is it just an old legend. One Night of The Year, by Kealan Patrick Burke: (5 Stars) This is about an old man and his dog. He sit on his porch with his best friend and waits for the visitors, who come every Halloween. Doctor Proclivity and Professor Propensity, By Gregor Xane: (3.5) Uncle Shel and his nephew Jimmy uncover the deep dark secret of Medium, Ohio's annual Halloween puppet show. This story started off very strong but by the ending, it seems like it was going in a different direction. If you are trying to get into the Halloween spirit, this is a great collection to read on a cold and windy October night.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    $2.99/3.75 on amazon! $2.99/3.75 on amazon!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    3.5 Stars Well, this was the second great Bad Apples collection. I enjoyed this just as much as the first one, although in both instances the last story came off the rails a bit for me. These are enjoyable Halloween reads and I could see rereading both collections next Halloween if they ever stop releasing new ones ;) I'm all for new releases, so bring 'em on! I have to give my crown of cornstalks and pumpkin vines to Candie Apple this year, as that was easily the most disturbing, horrifying, mytho 3.5 Stars Well, this was the second great Bad Apples collection. I enjoyed this just as much as the first one, although in both instances the last story came off the rails a bit for me. These are enjoyable Halloween reads and I could see rereading both collections next Halloween if they ever stop releasing new ones ;) I'm all for new releases, so bring 'em on! I have to give my crown of cornstalks and pumpkin vines to Candie Apple this year, as that was easily the most disturbing, horrifying, mythological, and Halloween-oriented story of the bunch. I mean, that one was pretty hardcore. Here's my individual reviews: The first story, Halloweekend, was a blast. This was a sweet mashup of ghost story, hauntings, possessions, and bedeviled circuitry all resplendent in gore. Loved the references to other authors and the the references to past Lornography. Cool stuff! Candie Apple was a deeply disturbing and hardcore Halloween story urban legend style. Amazing how much was packed into so few pages. Well done! Just finished Dia De Los Muertos. Nice story of a certain genre that I usually don't seek out. However, this was nicely done with plenty of horror, gore, and righteousness. Nice tie in throughout and at the end to the Day of the Dead." Tommy Rotten was a cool little Halloween ditty. Not quite as intense as some of the others in this collection. The One Night of the Year was a nice story of an annual haunting. I really like how this echoes the them of other stories in this collection concerning loss of family and/or loss of traditions after kids have moved on from their parents. I think the non-supernatural events in this one (which is possible all events) are the scariest part. Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity took me out of the mood and collection. That may have just been me reaching the end of an anthology and wanting to get the heck out, but there ya go. This had some nice Lynchian tones and may really strike a chord with some in a Twin Peaks kind of way. Overall, a series I would recommend to anyone looking for a good time around Halloween or a good set of horror stories at anytime of year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nev Murray

    "So there it is, Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror. They didn’t get the full five stars right across the board this time but believe me, this is one hell of a collection to have on your shelves for any time of the year but especially for Halloween." See here for the full review: Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror "So there it is, Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror. They didn’t get the full five stars right across the board this time but believe me, this is one hell of a collection to have on your shelves for any time of the year but especially for Halloween." See here for the full review: Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror

  16. 4 out of 5

    megHan

    I have read quite a bit from every person in this book, so when I found out that Bad Apples 2 was out, I could not wait to get time to read it. And, as usual, I was not disappointed. Another quality anthology, and one I hope continues for years to come. Halloweekend - 3 1/2 A story about a haunted house with misbehaving animatronics, done in typical Edward Lorn fashion. A good story, but not his best work. I like the things he comes up with, the stories he tells, and sometimes the way he tells the I have read quite a bit from every person in this book, so when I found out that Bad Apples 2 was out, I could not wait to get time to read it. And, as usual, I was not disappointed. Another quality anthology, and one I hope continues for years to come. Halloweekend - 3 1/2 A story about a haunted house with misbehaving animatronics, done in typical Edward Lorn fashion. A good story, but not his best work. I like the things he comes up with, the stories he tells, and sometimes the way he tells them, just not always the way he writes them. I think he has a tendency to go "too far" not because the story needs it, but for shock value. I enjoyed the way the animatronics were depicted and the fact that there was a surprise "appearance" from a character seen in last year's story, but I found this comical instead of scary. Candy Apple - 5 I enjoy this story a little more every time I read it. Evans has a way of creeping you're reading his words, and at the same time giving your imagination everything it needs to run wild with the story and characters he's played out before you. This story, to me, is a bit of a warning about the things that can happen to you when you play a holiday game by yourself... and what happens when you're not careful about the wishes you make. Dia de los Muertos - 4 1/2 Two Bad Apples, two times Jason Parent has scared the nonsense out of me. Last time, I knew a child with the same name as the child in his story... with an imaginary friend of the same name. This time, upon reading the line that mentioned the lights going out, the ones in the room I was in turned off, leaving me in complete darkness. And I could have sworn I heard nails skittering across the wall. It was a bit before I was able to pick the book up again. A very good story that went in directions I never expected, with a "hero" that is not typical in stories. Mr. Parent's writing is never a disappointment and I look forward to what he comes up with next. Tommy Rotten - 5 I have been impressed with Adam's writing since the first story of his that I read. With each new piece, I am more and more amazed at his imagination and talent. I was super excited about this story. It has been one of my favorites of his and creeps me out every time I read it. The ending was really good and made me wish that there was more to the story. Like his brother, he has a knack for giving your imagination the extra push that leaves you laying in bed, lights out, eyes as wide as saucers, watching every shadow, questioning every sound. The One Night of the Year - 5 Kealan Patrick Burke being part of this was a huge surprise and made Bad Apples 2 more enticing than it already was. Talk about a talented guy. And this story was perfect. I was lying in bed, reading this book, enjoying every second of this story... until I got about halfway through. I will admit that I had to close my Kindle, vowing to continue reading once the sun was back up. I want to thank you for that, Kealan. You have a way with words and an impressive talent - and you managed to scare me enough that I wasn't sure I wanted to pick this book back up. The characters are well written, and the story will be haunting me, and keeping me wondering on Halloween for the rest of my life. Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity - 5 Ever since I experienced Six Dead Spots (a book I still have problems describing with anything more than "Gregor writes crazy so well"), I have been a fan and, in all honesty, his story is the one I looked forward to the most in this collection. All I can say is: Gregor Xane has done it again. I had wondered why his was last and now I know - it would have been tough to follow. The characters are great, the story so intriguing that, once it began, I could not stop reading until it was done. Twists and turns, unexpected moments, and the end nowhere close to what I expected, open enough to keep my mind in the story long after I had finished. I am left wanting to know more - and wanting more from this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee drunkonbookz

    I was really looking forward to Bad Apples 2 after reading the first book. Edward Lorn once again outdone himself with a creepy yet amusing story about animatronics that live in a horror house. Loved it!! Gregor Xane always has something awesome to write and this was no different with a puppet show Uncle Shel takes Jimmy to. Just don't break the golden rule of peaking behind the curtain! And of course Kealan Patrick Burke has joined the crew this time round! I probably would have rated this book h I was really looking forward to Bad Apples 2 after reading the first book. Edward Lorn once again outdone himself with a creepy yet amusing story about animatronics that live in a horror house. Loved it!! Gregor Xane always has something awesome to write and this was no different with a puppet show Uncle Shel takes Jimmy to. Just don't break the golden rule of peaking behind the curtain! And of course Kealan Patrick Burke has joined the crew this time round! I probably would have rated this book higher but I was a little disappointed that Kealan's story wasn't longer. In saying that I definitely enjoyed it anyway!

  18. 4 out of 5

    John

    Overall - 4.5 stars Story - 4.5 stars Narration - n/a stars X Factor - 4 stars (for a pleasant surprise) Well worth reading. These are some very good stories!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    Just like the first Bad Apples, this one is great. Every story is different but all of them are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert Mingee

    This is another solid collection of Halloween stories. Hard to say if I prefer this one to the first or not. The first had some stories that really stuck in my mind, and I'm not sure any of these will prove to be quite as memorable, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less enjoyable. I prefered the stories that had the "full trappings" of Halloween, meaning trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches and the like. The last and by far lonmgest story started off really strong and interesting, then s This is another solid collection of Halloween stories. Hard to say if I prefer this one to the first or not. The first had some stories that really stuck in my mind, and I'm not sure any of these will prove to be quite as memorable, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less enjoyable. I prefered the stories that had the "full trappings" of Halloween, meaning trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches and the like. The last and by far lonmgest story started off really strong and interesting, then seemed to devolve into a bad acid trip. There were some hints that refered back to things said earlier in the story, but overall, it still left me more baffled than entertained in the end. Though some puppet show imagery was truly creepy and disturbing, so in some ways, that may end up the most memorable story out of this one. Highly recommended for fans of Halloween fiction - this one will definitely help get you in the mood!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    I love this collection! From the super cool cover to the gory, sexy yummies inside ... you'll be shocked, horrified, and possibly even sad. You may even smile ... once. I have a favorite story within this book, but they all rock. Maybe we can compare favorites. This may be "Halloween Horror" ... but it isn't too late ... or too early to pick up your copy and enjoy this horrific Halloween reading from some terrifyingly terrific; authors!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wheeping Angel

    Got to say I read bad apple one and love the tales of anything Halloween. I won't give details away but I will say this if you love short stories and horror this is for you. 5 pumpkins out of 5, happy readings

  23. 5 out of 5

    WendyB

    What fun! Perfect book for Halloween.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ericka annamarie

    Bad Apples 2 is just as good as its first installment. The One Night Of The Year is a creepy take on horror. It almost leaves you with a sense of sorrow. Dia De Los Muertos is an interesting take on the classic vampire genre and leaves you wanting more on the edge of your seat. Tommy Rotten is a lonely dead boy looking for a family. At first you feel bad for him but you soon learn to pity his future family. Candie Apple is one of my favorites from this collection. It has that classic Halloween horr Bad Apples 2 is just as good as its first installment. The One Night Of The Year is a creepy take on horror. It almost leaves you with a sense of sorrow. Dia De Los Muertos is an interesting take on the classic vampire genre and leaves you wanting more on the edge of your seat. Tommy Rotten is a lonely dead boy looking for a family. At first you feel bad for him but you soon learn to pity his future family. Candie Apple is one of my favorites from this collection. It has that classic Halloween horror story feel while still being something completely new. This one will leave you with a wide range of emotions. Halloweekend was another one of my favorites from this collection. After all what more is there to love than ghost, haunted houses and living carnival attractions ? The last story in this collection, Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity was my least favorite story. I really enjoyed the start and classic crime mystery feel to it but sadly it was all down hill from there.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff French

    This is a solid collection of stories that I enjoyed slightly less than those in the original Bad Apples. My absolute favourite was the last tale DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY by Gregor Xane. This is one messed-up story that is anything but predictable. My other favourite was Jason Parent's DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, but, for me, it didn't really fit with the Halloween theme. The idea of an avenging vampire was very cool though. Kealan Patrick Burke was an outstanding addition to the line-up This is a solid collection of stories that I enjoyed slightly less than those in the original Bad Apples. My absolute favourite was the last tale DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY by Gregor Xane. This is one messed-up story that is anything but predictable. My other favourite was Jason Parent's DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, but, for me, it didn't really fit with the Halloween theme. The idea of an avenging vampire was very cool though. Kealan Patrick Burke was an outstanding addition to the line-up of authors. Burke has a way with words and some of his prose is magical. I loved the line "wishes were whispers in an awfully loud world". Great stuff! I'm hoping there's a Bad Apples 3 in the works.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    In the second volume of the Bad Apples series, the authors present six stories, some short, and some novella length. “Halloweekend” by Edward Lorn Two teenage boys visit a famous haunted attraction which holds secrets in its animatronics, and one of the boys has a secret. I liked the concept of the house the most, the characters were solid (though it felt like the author was trying too hard to make them sound like teenagers with the excessive swearing), and the twist was clever. 4/5 “Candie Apple” In the second volume of the Bad Apples series, the authors present six stories, some short, and some novella length. “Halloweekend” by Edward Lorn Two teenage boys visit a famous haunted attraction which holds secrets in its animatronics, and one of the boys has a secret. I liked the concept of the house the most, the characters were solid (though it felt like the author was trying too hard to make them sound like teenagers with the excessive swearing), and the twist was clever. 4/5 “Candie Apple” by Evans Light A man is revisited by his dead wife, Candie who died bobbing for apples. This was a sweet and sad ghost story and fitting for Halloween. 4/5 “Dia De Los Muertos” by Jason Parent A military deserter finds himself in Mexico where Dia De Los Muertos is happening. First of all there wasn’t enough of the holiday in the story, and also I don’t like military stories jammed with action, so this wasn’t for me. 2/5 “Tommy Rotten” by Adam Light A teenage girl and her brother and his friends check out a local legend of a boy who died in a pumpkin patch. I liked the story behind Tommy, it felt like a classic ghost story, though I want to know more about the protagonist’s motivations. 4/5 “The One Night of the Year” by Kealan Patrick Burke An old man waits on the porch with his dog for his annual visitors. I read this one in Burke’s Dead Leaves collection which I recommend along with this story. 4/5 “Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity” by Gregor Xane Two investigators try to learn more about a mysterious Halloween puppet show related to the disappearances of several children. The protagonists were unique and engaging, the mystery was enticing to keep me turning pages, and the puppet show was a creepy concept fitting for Halloween. 4/5 Overall, this was another enjoyable collection of Halloween stories, though they have varying appeal to readers with different tastes. I liked all of them except for one (which brings down the overall rating), but as a whole Bad Apples remains one of the better Halloween anthology series. 3/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Thompson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Book lover

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