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Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror by [Burke, Kealan Patrick, Light, Evans, Lorn, Edward, Light, Adam, Parent, Jason, Xane, Gregor]
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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 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.

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, KEALAN PATRICK BURKE is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels, over a hundred short stories, four collections, and editor of four acclaimed anthologies. When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. ADAM LIGHT resides in northeast Florida with his beautiful wife and daughter, and their Walker Hound, imaginatively named “Walker.” He haunts a cubicle by day, writes horror stories at night, and virtually never sleeps. His pants are always deep-fried. He is the author of TOES UP: A COLLECTION TO DIE FOR, the novella SERVING SPIRITS, and his work has also been featured the anthologies BAD APPLES and DEAD ROSES. EVANS LIGHT is the author of SCREAMSCAPES: TALES OF TERROR, the novella ARBOREATUM, DON’T NEED NO WATER, and more. He currently resides in a warm, southern state and is the proud father of fine sons and the lucky husband of a beautiful wife. EDWARD LORN is the author of LIFE AFTER DANE, CRUELTY, and the new collection OTHERS & ODDITTIES. He can be found haunting the halls of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads. He has blogs on both Booklikes and Wordpress, with such popular features as Ruminating On and Randomized Randomocity. In his head, JASON PARENT lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso. He is the author of the novels SEEING EVIL, WHAT HIDES WITHIN and many published short stories. GREGOR XANE lives near the real-life version of Medium, Ohio. When he's not typing, he can be found in his workshop building dangerous remote-controlled toys. He's the author of the horror novellas SIX DEAD SPOTS, THE HANOVER BLOCK, and the forthcoming BRIDES OF HANOVER BLOCK. His short story "It Came From Hell and Smashed the Angels" is available as a free eBook download from just about everywhere.

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  • Publisher: Corpus Press (Oct. 2 2015)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc4d0f0) out of 5 stars A new selection of "slices" for the Halloween season! Oct. 8 2015
By Kimberly Y. - Published on
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@ 4.5 stars, rounded up.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc4d33c) out of 5 stars Solid collection of Halloween tales. Oct. 28 2015
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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 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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc4d300) out of 5 stars A Quality Sequel Anthology Nov. 6 2015
By Kaisersoze - Published on
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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 Christmas. 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc4d7f8) out of 5 stars The boys are back in town! Oct. 9 2015
By Bill - Published on
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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. 4.5 Amazon Stars!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc4daec) out of 5 stars Great Halloween Collection Oct. 7 2015
By Bmac - Published on
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I had read the original Bad Apples anthology over a longer period of time that I probably should've, the release of this new one allowing me to remedy that fact so I got through it in 2 days. I found the individual stories perfect for getting into the Halloween mood. The stories themselves range from short and decidedly un-sweet to novella-length but each one is well done and kept my interest throughout. Highly recommend.