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Bad things come in small packages . . . EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers! So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn't ju Bad things come in small packages . . . EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers! So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn't just for grown-ups anymore. Come meet our gallery of little killers. After all, they're dying to meet you! Author and playwright Howard Odentz is a lifelong resident of the gray area between Western Massachusetts and North Central Connecticut. His love of the region is evident in his writing as he often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay and Nutmeg states into his work. "5 Stars, a relentless, thrilling ride." - Court Street Literary, on Bloody Bloody Apple "Howard Odentz takes this mis-mosh of dysfunctional characters and puts together a wonderful story that is equal parts horror and love." - Scared Stiff Reviews, on Bloody Bloody Apple


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Bad things come in small packages . . . EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers! So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn't ju Bad things come in small packages . . . EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers! So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn't just for grown-ups anymore. Come meet our gallery of little killers. After all, they're dying to meet you! Author and playwright Howard Odentz is a lifelong resident of the gray area between Western Massachusetts and North Central Connecticut. His love of the region is evident in his writing as he often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay and Nutmeg states into his work. "5 Stars, a relentless, thrilling ride." - Court Street Literary, on Bloody Bloody Apple "Howard Odentz takes this mis-mosh of dysfunctional characters and puts together a wonderful story that is equal parts horror and love." - Scared Stiff Reviews, on Bloody Bloody Apple

30 review for Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror is a collection of short stories all in the horror genre that feature children. The book contains twenty six tales of terror that each start with a different letter in the alphabet for the names of the children from Andy to Zina. As with any short story collection there were a lot I absolutely loved and a few that I didn't quite care as much for. But most of this collection was really good so I decided to give the overall book four stars. The stories Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror is a collection of short stories all in the horror genre that feature children. The book contains twenty six tales of terror that each start with a different letter in the alphabet for the names of the children from Andy to Zina. As with any short story collection there were a lot I absolutely loved and a few that I didn't quite care as much for. But most of this collection was really good so I decided to give the overall book four stars. The stories vary all throughout and I thought the author did a great job giving them a lot of variety so I didn't feel I was reading the same things over and over. Each of these contain some certainly creepy kids which gives the book it's own distinct feel to it. With anything from psychopaths, monsters, and murderers there are sure to be something in here for any fan of horror to love. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    I can almost guarantee the majority of my friends/followers will not want to read this. But I'm a little crazy so I completely loved it! Every story has to do with a child killing someone else. Either on purpose, inadvertently, or indirectly. The reasoning ranges from kids killing someone to get out of a hellish and/or abusive environment; kids killing because their young brains come to the conclusion that this is what is best for them; kids killing by accident, or accidentally getting someone el I can almost guarantee the majority of my friends/followers will not want to read this. But I'm a little crazy so I completely loved it! Every story has to do with a child killing someone else. Either on purpose, inadvertently, or indirectly. The reasoning ranges from kids killing someone to get out of a hellish and/or abusive environment; kids killing because their young brains come to the conclusion that this is what is best for them; kids killing by accident, or accidentally getting someone else killed; and finally, kids killing because they are just plain psychopathic/sociopathic. I LOVED IT!!!! But won't recommend it because I honestly don't know anyone who would enjoy this story like I do. But if you're sick and twisted, and it isn't an immediate trigger for you that's it regarding kids, I would definitely say pick this up. The stories are short so they can be skipped over really easily if they are ones you aren't fond of. I received a copy of this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Little Killers A-Z is a collection of short horror stories all involving children. Each chapter focuses on a different child--twenty-six chapters, one child for each letter of the alphabet. I didn't know anything about this book, didn't know what to expect at all, so it was a pleasant surprise. The stories were unusually strong, creative, and exceptionally well-written. There wasn't a weak story in the bunch and many of the stories were simply outstanding. 5 stars; I highly recommend this book. Little Killers A-Z is a collection of short horror stories all involving children. Each chapter focuses on a different child--twenty-six chapters, one child for each letter of the alphabet. I didn't know anything about this book, didn't know what to expect at all, so it was a pleasant surprise. The stories were unusually strong, creative, and exceptionally well-written. There wasn't a weak story in the bunch and many of the stories were simply outstanding. 5 stars; I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley and Bell Bridge Books for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mommacat

    LITTLE KILLERS A-Z - 26 darkly horrific short stories with the theme of children. Author Howard Odentz does a wonderful job of opening new pathways to terror. These aren't the same ol' stories you've read time and again; rather they are fresh new stories from one sick puppy! I really enjoyed reading these and appreciate all the work Odentz put in to making a clean copy for reading. I also love the cover. The book has an excellent interactive Table of Contents making it easy to read the story of y LITTLE KILLERS A-Z - 26 darkly horrific short stories with the theme of children. Author Howard Odentz does a wonderful job of opening new pathways to terror. These aren't the same ol' stories you've read time and again; rather they are fresh new stories from one sick puppy! I really enjoyed reading these and appreciate all the work Odentz put in to making a clean copy for reading. I also love the cover. The book has an excellent interactive Table of Contents making it easy to read the story of your choice. I received my copy from the publisher - Bell Bridge Books.. I plan to take a look at the other books this author has available and highly recommend you pick up a copy of LITTLE KILLERS today!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roseann Caputo

    I have to say I totally loved this book. I've read Mr. Odentz's other two books and with each one his writing and character development improve. I liked the twists and turns of each of these stories. The characters are so creepy and this is the kind of dark I enjoy. I also found I couldn't put it down for long until I finished it. I also appreciated how some of the stories intermixed. If you enjoy creepy characters, a mix of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and dystopia, I highly recommend this book. I have to say I totally loved this book. I've read Mr. Odentz's other two books and with each one his writing and character development improve. I liked the twists and turns of each of these stories. The characters are so creepy and this is the kind of dark I enjoy. I also found I couldn't put it down for long until I finished it. I also appreciated how some of the stories intermixed. If you enjoy creepy characters, a mix of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and dystopia, I highly recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Rankins

    I don't generally read horror. It's just not my genre. But my job as a community business developer for a major bookseller is well served when I read a variety of genres and authors, especially local talent, with the hope of sharing their work at a local reading, discussion or book signing event. Howard Odentz had a very successful and unique signing event with us when his first book, Dead (a Lot), was published, and a similar event upon the release of his second book, Blood, Bloody Apple. To sa I don't generally read horror. It's just not my genre. But my job as a community business developer for a major bookseller is well served when I read a variety of genres and authors, especially local talent, with the hope of sharing their work at a local reading, discussion or book signing event. Howard Odentz had a very successful and unique signing event with us when his first book, Dead (a Lot), was published, and a similar event upon the release of his second book, Blood, Bloody Apple. To say I was anxious for his next entry, Little Killers A-Z, was an understatement. The premise both intrigued and scared me! LKAZ is an anthology of alphabetical characters' stories, each with a well-plotted storyline that places a child or adolescent in the path of people or situations that require the ultimate decision. Each is broadly different - the stories range from present-day, every-day situations to post-apocalyptic days where "sport" means children literally fighting for their lives. Mr. Odentz is a master of effortless storytelling, and each tale is expertly crafted, delving into the darkest of minds and bleakest of situations. To be honest, I feared the "ick factor" of children who kill. I was wrong. I never once felt any tale was overly graphic or any killer killing gratuitously. Well crafted, sir, well crafted. If you love creepy and compact, compelling stories, you'll love LKAZ. My favorite was one of the most "normal." N is for Nancy, who will tolerate a school bully for only so long . . .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    These 26 bite sized tales of wonderfully wicked children kept me glued to the pages. From A is for Andy to Z is for Zina who is starving to death in a post apocalyptic world I couldn't put it down. These are not all stories of children who just enjoy killing though some of them do! Some were made that way through circumstance, others learned it from daddy. Each tale is unique. Some of my favorites were A is for Andy, in which an abused child finds a way to improve his living situation. C is for C These 26 bite sized tales of wonderfully wicked children kept me glued to the pages. From A is for Andy to Z is for Zina who is starving to death in a post apocalyptic world I couldn't put it down. These are not all stories of children who just enjoy killing though some of them do! Some were made that way through circumstance, others learned it from daddy. Each tale is unique. Some of my favorites were A is for Andy, in which an abused child finds a way to improve his living situation. C is for Cassie in which a girl who needs structure and consistency has her routine disturbed by grandma. F is for Fern, about a girl who loves to kill but also loves her baby sister. K is for Kiernan, in which a boy must fight for his life. M is for Maura about a girl who just wanted some privacy, N is for Nancy which addressed bigotry. I also Loved the story of poor OZ who was shuffled from one specialist to the next to address his real and imagined medical problems. Truly there was not a bad story in the bunch, but those were my absolute favorites. I received a complimentary copy for review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiz. T.

    This book. Just. This book. Ugh. I loved it. I'll try to be more specific. I bloody loved it. Ok, not enough. Even more so. This book had fucking everything that a good anthology of short horror stories should have: a theme. Originality. Quirky stories that don't end how you expect. Making you see the World in another point of view (horror is on par with sci-fi with its ability to help you understand the Other. Only in sci-fi the Other is the Alien, in horror the Other is you). Humor. All of it sprinkle This book. Just. This book. Ugh. I loved it. I'll try to be more specific. I bloody loved it. Ok, not enough. Even more so. This book had fucking everything that a good anthology of short horror stories should have: a theme. Originality. Quirky stories that don't end how you expect. Making you see the World in another point of view (horror is on par with sci-fi with its ability to help you understand the Other. Only in sci-fi the Other is the Alien, in horror the Other is you). Humor. All of it sprinkled with a dash of adrenaline and salted with a bit of gore. Why people kill? Why do we think it is always so wrong? What does it take to make a monster? Is the Horror of tales worse than the horror hidden everywhere? And why don't you just smile at it and take it as it comes? Read the book. You'll come out knowing a bit more about the Other, the Monster that is yourself. And perhaps... you'll understand it is not so bad after all. There are worse monster around.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Little killers A-Z by Howard Odentz is a A-Z of short stories . Each story is different and unique. From Andy and Boris to Yori and Zinc. This eclectic anthology is filled, A-Z, with psychology, monsters and murderers! Very good read. Each story was different. My favourite story was C is for cassie who owes Michael myers. Some stories were more enjoyable than others. There was nothing I disliked about the book. Highly recommended. 5 *. Many thanks to netgalley for letting me review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    I received this arc from Netgalley. Overall a pretty good read. Of course some stories were better than others. There was a little repetition with some of the stories. I enjoyed reading it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Tomala

    This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Little Killers A to Z Some kill for fun; others kill to survive. Whether its little Fern, the good girl who everyone adores who leaves a trail of bodies, or little Vicky who’s just trying to survive in a world gone wrong. Each story in Little Killers A to Z will take readers on a dark ride into the makings of a killer. From modern day times to more fantastical set realities, each story will leave you haunted. Who would ever suspect a child of murd This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Little Killers A to Z Some kill for fun; others kill to survive. Whether its little Fern, the good girl who everyone adores who leaves a trail of bodies, or little Vicky who’s just trying to survive in a world gone wrong. Each story in Little Killers A to Z will take readers on a dark ride into the makings of a killer. From modern day times to more fantastical set realities, each story will leave you haunted. Who would ever suspect a child of murder? Well these little killers certainly take that one question for advantage in each of these dark and spine-tingling tales. The way Odentz has crafted these tiny killers is astounding. Each and every story is so original and unique. My favorite was “I is for Ivy Who Lives by the Cape”. First of all, it took place on the Cape, which is a place near and dear to my heart. And second of all, it was such a satisfying revenge story. The most disturbing one had to be “V is for Vicky Who Sees the World Crumble” as it dealt with what happens when the world ends. It explores what becomes twisted inside when all hope is lost. Being someone from New England, I recognized many of the towns that were mentioned in the stories, and Odentz did a great job paying homage to them. And every story you read in this collection will leave you feeling differently. It is extremely hard for me to find a short story book where I enjoy every single tale, and I simply could not put this one down. It’s creepy, it’s disturbing, it’s everything I look for in a horror book. Fans of horror pick this book up and read it! You have no idea what you are missing!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicka Cassandra

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars! What could I possibly say? Little Killers A-Z is a collection of horrifying, scary and weird short stories about children being psychopaths, murderers/killers and monsters. I like how diverse this book was, having a variety of different elements of horror this book didn't fail to amaze my inner horror buff! The stories in this book didn't have the same plot, some of it were absolutely fantastic and some weren't that good BUT still I loved reading it. (Not at night time Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars! What could I possibly say? Little Killers A-Z is a collection of horrifying, scary and weird short stories about children being psychopaths, murderers/killers and monsters. I like how diverse this book was, having a variety of different elements of horror this book didn't fail to amaze my inner horror buff! The stories in this book didn't have the same plot, some of it were absolutely fantastic and some weren't that good BUT still I loved reading it. (Not at night time though) I really don't recommend this to everyone especially if you have a faint heart & IMAGINATION! It might be too much for you to handle. Nevertheless the author's writing style kept me going, with 26 short stories about creepy children Howard managed to pull off a wonderful yet horrific atmosphere while I was reading his book. If you love reading horror and thriller books! This one's for you!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is a book of short stories featuring Children as killers. Some of the stories I felt like the child was in the right even though murder is never right for anyone. But the first story is about an abused child who kills his Guardian. Some of the stories I couldn't wait to get past and others I would like to have listened to a whole book. the stories as I said are short, some only lasting a few minutes others are a bit longer. The book is very macabre as it does feature sweet little faced chil This is a book of short stories featuring Children as killers. Some of the stories I felt like the child was in the right even though murder is never right for anyone. But the first story is about an abused child who kills his Guardian. Some of the stories I couldn't wait to get past and others I would like to have listened to a whole book. the stories as I said are short, some only lasting a few minutes others are a bit longer. The book is very macabre as it does feature sweet little faced children doing the unthinkable, but still a good book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    If not for the fairy tale/mythology/folklore components spiced into the rough, rugged, and raw plots of these shorts stories, they might be just a little too much rough water to tread. They were stories that needed to be told, because these events happen day to day and often they're too easily swept aside. I applaud the author for going there. I can't say this is entertaining, not entirely. It is well written, well composed. In truth is was much more cathartic. If not for the fairy tale/mythology/folklore components spiced into the rough, rugged, and raw plots of these shorts stories, they might be just a little too much rough water to tread. They were stories that needed to be told, because these events happen day to day and often they're too easily swept aside. I applaud the author for going there. I can't say this is entertaining, not entirely. It is well written, well composed. In truth is was much more cathartic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth White

    Nice anthology! I enjoyed most of the 26 stories in this collection! Some better than others, of course, but overall a 4 star read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Continuing in the creepy tradition of his earlier books, the novels Dead (a Lot) and Bloody Bloody Apple, Howard Odentz’s new effort, Little Killers A to Z, is a project that may seem more innocent than what’s come before, at least superficially. It’s no children’s book, though. Once you start reading, in fact, you start to realize just how expertly this author is able to plumb the depths of weirdness and horror. Each story in this collection introduces us to a new character, with rhyming titles Continuing in the creepy tradition of his earlier books, the novels Dead (a Lot) and Bloody Bloody Apple, Howard Odentz’s new effort, Little Killers A to Z, is a project that may seem more innocent than what’s come before, at least superficially. It’s no children’s book, though. Once you start reading, in fact, you start to realize just how expertly this author is able to plumb the depths of weirdness and horror. Each story in this collection introduces us to a new character, with rhyming titles like “A is for Andy Who Watches His Dad” and “B is for Boris, and Rifka, and Vlad,” then, almost immediately, we discover the terror that lies beneath the surface. For instance, in “O is for Oz Who Has Piss Poor Genetics,” there’s a young boy whose controlling mother is determined to correct all the biological disadvantages he’s inherited; “M is for Maura Who Builds a Partition” gives us a girl who really, really wants to be alone; and in my personal favorite, “E is for Emmett Who’s Always Behind,” we meet a boy who just can’t seem to co-exist with his twin brother, no matter how he tries. Essentially, Little Killers A to Z is a book of stories about children who do bad, bad things. Anyone who’s read horror or watched scary movies knows there are few things more terrifying than creepy kids, and Odentz takes this premise and runs with it for all its worth. For lovers of the genre, there’s a bit of everything here: killers, stalkers, chasers, revenge seekers, apocalypse survivors, evil twins, serial killers, supernatural critters, you name it. This collection employs many of the go-to tools of the horror story, but it manages to defy expectations at every turn. And be warned, it’s habit-forming. Some of the stories in Little Killers A to Z will leave you with your mouth hanging open, a few will make you laugh (even as you hope no one hears you), while others have endings that will immediately make you want to re-read them. One or two just might even give you an excuse to mosey by the front door and check the lock. (You know, just in case.) And even when you think you know what’s going to happen, it turns out you really don’t. Edgar Allan Poe once said that the ideal short story should be readable within one sitting. The tales in Little Killers A to Z fits this standard perfectly, with one significant drawback: You won’t want to stop at just one. Trust me on this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Little Killers A to Z by Howard Odentz is not a book* I would have normally picked up. I am not really a horror guy, unless it is creepy horror rather than stabby horror, the cover screams bargain bin book, and the idea of murderous children doesn't appeal to me. I grabbed the book because quite a few people I trust posted reviews on Litsy (a social media for books), so I gave it a go. I am so glad I did! This book has 26 stories in it, hitting pretty much all the horror themes- kidnapping by Sata Little Killers A to Z by Howard Odentz is not a book* I would have normally picked up. I am not really a horror guy, unless it is creepy horror rather than stabby horror, the cover screams bargain bin book, and the idea of murderous children doesn't appeal to me. I grabbed the book because quite a few people I trust posted reviews on Litsy (a social media for books), so I gave it a go. I am so glad I did! This book has 26 stories in it, hitting pretty much all the horror themes- kidnapping by Satanic cults, serial killers, vampires, etc. Each of the 26 stories are about 2-5 pages long and focus on a child's name beginning with that letter of the alphabet. I will say I loved the length of each story. As one can imagine in a book of 26 stories, there are bound to be duds. For example, I thought the first story and the second story didn't do the book justice. The good news even the duds become good because they are only a few pages long! One doesn't feel invested or feel like time has been wasted on a dud story, which sometimes happens in short story anthologies which have stories spanning 30 pages. I am fine with a dud 2 page long story. The stories that hit, really hit! Odentz has created some very interesting and creative stories that often have twists and are just a lot of fun- for a horror book. For example, I loved the serial killer story "F is for Fern Who Has Murder in Mind." It is about a little 8 year old girl who loves killing people only to make it look like an accident. No one suspects her because she is 8, so they think she is witnessing all of these horrific things. The whole story is told within her mind, as she playfully does these terrible things for her own enjoyment. There are many others that really hit well. I am so glad I picked this one up, even though it was out of my genre. Good writing is good writing and Odentz has written some fun horror stories with a twist in each one. Give the book a shot as it is cheap on Kindle, right now. I rated this one 4.5 stars. *I want to thank NetGalley and BelleBooks for this ebook. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    In each short story, children end up killing people. Some of the children are monstrous or psychotic (or psychotic monsters–there is an element of the supernatural in some of these). Some are backed into a corner where that’s the only thing they can do to to save themselves. Sometimes it’s the lesser of two evils, or the end product of a very crazy revenge plan. Some of the children have disabilities or conditions that factor into their stories. Sometimes they seemingly come from perfectly reaso In each short story, children end up killing people. Some of the children are monstrous or psychotic (or psychotic monsters–there is an element of the supernatural in some of these). Some are backed into a corner where that’s the only thing they can do to to save themselves. Sometimes it’s the lesser of two evils, or the end product of a very crazy revenge plan. Some of the children have disabilities or conditions that factor into their stories. Sometimes they seemingly come from perfectly reasonable homes. Despite the shortness of the tales, the children have a remarkable amount of depth to them. Odentz seems to excel as using a small amount of text to say a lot about a character. I had trouble putting this book down, which is impressive because usually when reading anthologies I have no trouble putting the book down between stories. There was just such a perfect ‘feel’ to the stories that I didn’t want to stop reading them! One story was predictable enough to lose some of its power, but in general I was too glued to the page to notice many flaws. Book provided free by publisher for review Original review on my site: http://www.errantdreams.com/2016/07/r...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I normally don't care for short story collections, but wow. This one was great. This book is a collection of incredibly disturbing horror tales all with a focus on children and/or young adults killers. I liked how almost each story was unique unto itself. There were a few times the same theme popped up, but it was rare enough to keep the stories feeling very fresh. I can't give this 5 stars, because, as with any short story collection, not all the stories were gems. But most ranged from good to I normally don't care for short story collections, but wow. This one was great. This book is a collection of incredibly disturbing horror tales all with a focus on children and/or young adults killers. I liked how almost each story was unique unto itself. There were a few times the same theme popped up, but it was rare enough to keep the stories feeling very fresh. I can't give this 5 stars, because, as with any short story collection, not all the stories were gems. But most ranged from good to great. The A-Z gimmick is just that, a gimmick. It really plays no part in the stories. It only comes into play in the stories organization in the book, the letter being the first letter in the protagonist's name. And I don't think that's a bad thing. I think if there was a real focus on a A-Z theme, it would have gotten old real fast. But having it only play into the character's name made it really serve no purpose except to remind you how close you were getting to the end, which was kinda sad. Can we petition to get more letters added to the alphabet and have Howard Odentz re-issue the book? Cause that would be great. **I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nia Ireland

    **Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** This book ticked a lot of boxes for me, not least the front cover which is what first drew me in. # The book is a collection of horror short stories, each one featuring children as the murderers which is always great fun. The author captures each story with a grim sort of humour which makes them all exceptionally easy and enjoyable to read (humour if you're a fan of sick horr **Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** This book ticked a lot of boxes for me, not least the front cover which is what first drew me in. # The book is a collection of horror short stories, each one featuring children as the murderers which is always great fun. The author captures each story with a grim sort of humour which makes them all exceptionally easy and enjoyable to read (humour if you're a fan of sick horror, like me). What I found impressive is that out of 26 stories (A-Z), there is a huge amount of variety in the content and not a single one read like a filler to just make up the numbers. Each story had its own tone and characters, and I enjoyed each and every one! The author's writing style is excellent and oh so very easy to read, I'm not normally a fan of short story collections but due to the combination of the writing style and how well all of the stories tied in together, I finished the book in one sitting. If you like horror and you find yourself short on a little reading time at the moment, this is the book for you - each story will only take 5 minutes or so to read so you can easily fit it during those spare moments throughout the day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy N

    This review was originally posted on NetGalley. Little killers A-Z by Howard Odentz is an anthology that brings together 26 horror stories all involving children. It's organized by A to Z with the names of the main characters of the stories. If you have the impression that this book doesn't look that scary, remember not to judge a book by its cover! These children are not the type you want to encounter any time soon. The reader is in for a surprise with this book, travelling through the worse kin This review was originally posted on NetGalley. Little killers A-Z by Howard Odentz is an anthology that brings together 26 horror stories all involving children. It's organized by A to Z with the names of the main characters of the stories. If you have the impression that this book doesn't look that scary, remember not to judge a book by its cover! These children are not the type you want to encounter any time soon. The reader is in for a surprise with this book, travelling through the worse kind of bad people in the stories, from murderers, stalkers, serial killers and list goes on and on. I've seen my share of horror movies and read my share of horror books, but nothing gets to me more than involving creepy children or evil twins in the picture. Some of the stories here made my skin crawl which, in a strange way, is a good thing. I absolutely loved this book and there isn't a story not to like. Each one is different and Odentz takes the reader through a tunnel of horror that only gets wider and more creepy as you advance in the horror alphabet. Definitely deserves the 5 stars and I highly recommend it to the lovers of the Horror genre.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna Haney

    Little Killers A to Z. Sounds like a kid's book the way that the Flintstones were. Looks like it is for the kids, and the kids do indeed watch it, but we all know the adults were the true target. I say this because innocent children who seem to go off the rails in reality or supernaturally are not half as frightening to a child who fears the tall, grown up boogy men, not one of their own. To adults, such children are at the very heart of many a nightmare. Twenty-six stories to choose from. You ca Little Killers A to Z. Sounds like a kid's book the way that the Flintstones were. Looks like it is for the kids, and the kids do indeed watch it, but we all know the adults were the true target. I say this because innocent children who seem to go off the rails in reality or supernaturally are not half as frightening to a child who fears the tall, grown up boogy men, not one of their own. To adults, such children are at the very heart of many a nightmare. Twenty-six stories to choose from. You can either recite the alphabet in its correct order, or jump around to find your favorite letters. I will say that my favorite story may have been, V, but then there is E, T, and J. It really has not been easy to pick a favorite, they are all good and all worth reading. I am a fan of Howard's other two books, but I find his excursion into short story world a true delight, and I do hope he treats us again someday. Sometimes it is hard to find a cohesion in a collection, be it fashion or otherwise, but this collection was tight, well edited, and the cover beautiful. Little Killers A to Z deserves a slot in any bookshelf.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Majanka

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror is, as the name suggests, a collection of horror short stories featuring children. Twenty-six tales, most of them very entertaining. As with all collections, I liked some more than others, but the writing quality in all stories is very high, almost lyrical, and the author has a knack for writing entertaining, original stories, and setting the mood in just a few pages. Some o Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror is, as the name suggests, a collection of horror short stories featuring children. Twenty-six tales, most of them very entertaining. As with all collections, I liked some more than others, but the writing quality in all stories is very high, almost lyrical, and the author has a knack for writing entertaining, original stories, and setting the mood in just a few pages. Some of the stories featured monster-kids, others kids who had turned into murderers, yet others featured veeeeery creepy kids. Some of the stories were creepier than others, but I liked the majority of them, and in general, I found that the quality of storytelling was very high. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark fiction / horror, and short stories.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Forris Day

    The 26 short stories are detailed and interesting. The well developed characters are relatable and the everyday situations are also relatable to most people, but of course, with "The Odentz Twist" as I call it. What makes the bad characters and killers special is that they are all children. Creepy stuff. The stories are very clever and many have twist endings that I did not see coming. Howard Odentz has a very unique view of the world and a very original take on horror. That is what I like the m The 26 short stories are detailed and interesting. The well developed characters are relatable and the everyday situations are also relatable to most people, but of course, with "The Odentz Twist" as I call it. What makes the bad characters and killers special is that they are all children. Creepy stuff. The stories are very clever and many have twist endings that I did not see coming. Howard Odentz has a very unique view of the world and a very original take on horror. That is what I like the most about the book, his originality! If you like horror stories, fireside creepy tales or just dark humor altogether read "Little Killers A-Z". I LOVED IT!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    K

    I was given this book to read by the publisher and NetGalley. I finished it in 6 hours. Funny how a short story book goes so much faster then your average novel. A few of the stories I didn't fully understand and I'm totally cool with that. Others spoke to me on a deep level, which should frighten anyone who knows me and reads this book. The book was well written and vividly detailed. They stories sucked you in and didn't let go, even when you REALLY wanted them to. I probably would suggest this bo I was given this book to read by the publisher and NetGalley. I finished it in 6 hours. Funny how a short story book goes so much faster then your average novel. A few of the stories I didn't fully understand and I'm totally cool with that. Others spoke to me on a deep level, which should frighten anyone who knows me and reads this book. The book was well written and vividly detailed. They stories sucked you in and didn't let go, even when you REALLY wanted them to. I probably would suggest this book, but not to my mother... or anyone I know who has children living in their homes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Scalia

    I must admit I am not a huge fan of short stories. Nonetheless I ended up picking up this thin paperback to take on a long flight. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Each story seemed to be better then the last. The characters were very well developed and believable. The stories were truly frightening, some chillingly disturbing, but all leaving you wanting more. An excellent read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Izabela

    This is a simply delicious little book! Every protoganist is a child killer and each story has a dark twist that will make the sadist in you grin from ear to ear. Howard Odentz gives each child their own voice, which makes this anthology read as if a different writer wrote each story; there's never a boring moment when reading Little Killers A to Z! *Won through goodreads giveaways. This is a simply delicious little book! Every protoganist is a child killer and each story has a dark twist that will make the sadist in you grin from ear to ear. Howard Odentz gives each child their own voice, which makes this anthology read as if a different writer wrote each story; there's never a boring moment when reading Little Killers A to Z! *Won through goodreads giveaways.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sullivan

    (Won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks!) A disturbing book of 26 short stories set around children. But you probably already knew that. It does what it does very well, and there were even a couple that made me feel sick to my stomach. Dark, gritty, and gross. Well worth a read, if you don't have kids, that is. (Won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks!) A disturbing book of 26 short stories set around children. But you probably already knew that. It does what it does very well, and there were even a couple that made me feel sick to my stomach. Dark, gritty, and gross. Well worth a read, if you don't have kids, that is.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a copy of this novel from the publishers (thank you!) through Netgalley. This is a very creepy short story collection featuring children as the main characters and murderers. I found the stories to be enjoyable and some were more gory than others. I found it better to read a couple of stories at a time rather than read the entire book in one setting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This was a quick, interesting read. I enjoyed the short story format. My favorites were the stories with a supernatural edge to them. I felt the stories got a little repetitive at times, but I think the author did try to come up with 26 unique stories. I received a free ARC from NetGalley

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