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Chill your bones with two hundred and forty two horror stories, one sentence at a time. Monsters, demons, creatures and oddities. Murder, death and the dead. Family, friends, love and relationships. Food and eating. Fear, dread, and the unknown. Crime and punishment. The human body. Lock the doors, turn up the lights, and take a deep breath. A series of brief, horrible mome Chill your bones with two hundred and forty two horror stories, one sentence at a time. Monsters, demons, creatures and oddities. Murder, death and the dead. Family, friends, love and relationships. Food and eating. Fear, dread, and the unknown. Crime and punishment. The human body. Lock the doors, turn up the lights, and take a deep breath. A series of brief, horrible moments await.


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Chill your bones with two hundred and forty two horror stories, one sentence at a time. Monsters, demons, creatures and oddities. Murder, death and the dead. Family, friends, love and relationships. Food and eating. Fear, dread, and the unknown. Crime and punishment. The human body. Lock the doors, turn up the lights, and take a deep breath. A series of brief, horrible mome Chill your bones with two hundred and forty two horror stories, one sentence at a time. Monsters, demons, creatures and oddities. Murder, death and the dead. Family, friends, love and relationships. Food and eating. Fear, dread, and the unknown. Crime and punishment. The human body. Lock the doors, turn up the lights, and take a deep breath. A series of brief, horrible moments await.

30 review for Brief, Horrible Moments: A Collection of One Sentence Horror Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    There is a moment in every horror movie where the plot twists around on itself and you get that oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-that-just-happened feeling. Brief, Horrible Moments delivers that feeling in every sentence. A collection of one sentence horror snippets, the book is a fun (yet demented) read. My favorites: All my friends knew I slept during the day because I worked the night shift, which was easier than explaining that I'd been given a curfew by the thing in my closet. The smiling clown lo There is a moment in every horror movie where the plot twists around on itself and you get that oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-that-just-happened feeling. Brief, Horrible Moments delivers that feeling in every sentence. A collection of one sentence horror snippets, the book is a fun (yet demented) read. My favorites: All my friends knew I slept during the day because I worked the night shift, which was easier than explaining that I'd been given a curfew by the thing in my closet. The smiling clown looked into my eyes, clutched my broken, twisted body and whispered, "I'm going to make you a balloon animal.'' Some of these little horrific gems are great, others gross, even demented and some missed the mark entirely for me. But we all have different things that horrify us....there's a little bit for everyone in this book. Definitely a fun read for those who like cheesy horror. The sentences are organized into chapters: Monsters, Demons, Creatures & Oddities; Murder, Death & the Dead; Family, Friends, Love & Relationships; Food & Eating; Fear, Dread & the Unknown; Crime & Punishment; Doctors, Health & Hospitals; and, The Human Body. I had fun reading some of these out loud to my husband and son. Very creative and fun book! **I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads.com giveaway. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway win! I've been watching Two Sentence Horror Stories on Netflix, so I decided to finally read this book. I won this months ago but never actually got around to reading it, even though its super short. As with any collection of stories some are great and some aren't. The great ones kinda made me mad because I wanted more than 2 sentences. They were a great start to a short story or novel. And the ones that weren't great were just forgettable. If you wanna read something a bit out the box Giveaway win! I've been watching Two Sentence Horror Stories on Netflix, so I decided to finally read this book. I won this months ago but never actually got around to reading it, even though its super short. As with any collection of stories some are great and some aren't. The great ones kinda made me mad because I wanted more than 2 sentences. They were a great start to a short story or novel. And the ones that weren't great were just forgettable. If you wanna read something a bit out the box then this collection is for you. If you need a book to help you complete your Goodreads challenge, then this book is perfect for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    3.25 stars If a synopsis ever described a book - this is the one. All one sentence horror stories. There are a few I had to read twice, but most were blatantly clear. Coming two or three to a page they were sectioned out over a few categories - food, family, crime, death, the human body, among others. None were funny, most were morbid. This is easily a book that can be read within an hour or two. However, due to its content, I only read a brief portion at a time. My rating is divided out as .25 s 3.25 stars If a synopsis ever described a book - this is the one. All one sentence horror stories. There are a few I had to read twice, but most were blatantly clear. Coming two or three to a page they were sectioned out over a few categories - food, family, crime, death, the human body, among others. None were funny, most were morbid. This is easily a book that can be read within an hour or two. However, due to its content, I only read a brief portion at a time. My rating is divided out as .25 stars for content and 3 stars for the imagination that came up with this idea.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    A collection of one sentence horror stories. There's some repetition. Some are run-on sentences. On the whole, though, they are deliciously creepy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Duarte

    Horror needs tension, and you can't do tension with one simple sentence. There are several ways to do horror, so i'll speak of three ways, you have the realistic one (try to make the unrealistic and supernatural a plausible threat in the real world), the gothic one (emphasis on dream-like atmosphere with heavy emphasis on the feelings and mental state of the characters and symbolism) and the experimental one (make it a disorienting, disjointed experience as if to simulate an actual nightmare). I Horror needs tension, and you can't do tension with one simple sentence. There are several ways to do horror, so i'll speak of three ways, you have the realistic one (try to make the unrealistic and supernatural a plausible threat in the real world), the gothic one (emphasis on dream-like atmosphere with heavy emphasis on the feelings and mental state of the characters and symbolism) and the experimental one (make it a disorienting, disjointed experience as if to simulate an actual nightmare). I write this simply because there is no way in hell you can pull this off with one brief sentence. The best horror, i believe, is achieved through disturbing implications, and the best in this type of horror is by far Thomas Ligotti. And let me tell you, this is as far as you can get from Ligotti. Furthermore, this sentences are incredibly uncreative: most of the situations presented in the sentences are just tired, boring, horror-genre cliches like cannibals, demons, ghosts, and general gore (which needless to say can't have an impact with one sentence). The sentences intend to scare due to how they're structured, but this is soon to be revealed to be nothing but a gimmick because 90% of these sentencces go along the lines of [Everyday thing] [the words "until", "but", "not because [normal thing] but because [spooky thing]" etc etc] and finally [tired horror cliche]. That is literally all there is to this, some of them are too obvious, some of them are just boring, other don't even make fucking sense, and they all have various issues. The only reason i'm giving this two stars instead of one is because some of these sentences actually caught me off guard, although even those were not memorable enough for me to remember any of them (and i just finished reading the book!). I don't wanna be "that guy", giving such a negative review to a book with so few ratings but i'm sorry, i just hated this and the sort of lazy horror it stands by. EDIT 08/04/2017: Changing this to a straight one star because I have one star ratings that i can actually remember about (if only because of how generic they were), while i can't remember diddly squat about anything in this book. In my eyes, it would be unfair putting it above other one star rated books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    leslie

    Yikes!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    Some of these were good, some were not. Some gave me chills, some made me cringe with corniness. No illustrations in the e-book so that's lame. This one could've been ripped from the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. hahaha "She had nervously insisted on turning off the lights first, and as I kissed my way up from her body to her lips, she finally found the courage to touch one of my tentacles."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download. As an aficionado and author of flash fictions, I’ve written an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions, where most of the stories only have five sentences, I can truly appreciate the efforts Mr. Pandza in compiling this collection. This IS NOT the kind of book you can read by racing through it by any means. The best way to appreciate reading this author’s endeavor is to sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Close your eyes, clear your mind; with your mind c I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download. As an aficionado and author of flash fictions, I’ve written an anthology of 100 Flash Fictions, where most of the stories only have five sentences, I can truly appreciate the efforts Mr. Pandza in compiling this collection. This IS NOT the kind of book you can read by racing through it by any means. The best way to appreciate reading this author’s endeavor is to sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Close your eyes, clear your mind; with your mind clear, you slowly read each of the 242 items contained in this collection one by one. You stop and contemplate what you’ve just read as you try to visualize it. By doing this you’ll first get a basic image of what you’ve read, and as you continue to dwell on this image you should find your imagination creating an entire story which seems to keep on growing until you decide to move on to the next item. For allowing me and anyone who reads this book, the opportunity to use our imagination to create complete stories in our minds, I’ve given Mr. Pandza 5 STARS.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    I won my copy of this book in a contest. (Thanks, Goodreads!). This is a rather unique book. The title is dead on - the book is filled with one sentence stories of horrible things. Some of my faves were: "I felt the warm, sensual touch of a tongue licking its way up my neck, which I might have enjoyed had it been attached to a person." "Nothing could tear us apart; she'd sewn too many parts of us together." "I don't usually go this far on a first date," she giggled, briefly letting me gasp for air I won my copy of this book in a contest. (Thanks, Goodreads!). This is a rather unique book. The title is dead on - the book is filled with one sentence stories of horrible things. Some of my faves were: "I felt the warm, sensual touch of a tongue licking its way up my neck, which I might have enjoyed had it been attached to a person." "Nothing could tear us apart; she'd sewn too many parts of us together." "I don't usually go this far on a first date," she giggled, briefly letting me gasp for air before pushing my head back underwater." Definitely a different read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cait Poytress

    This is an interesting concept for a book and I wasn't quite sure how to approach reading it. Ultimately I think it's best read one "chapter", or section, at a time with breaks in between. Even putting it down here and there, it's a super quick read. Here's an example one-sentence story: "My father was causing a scene as usual, slurring his words and attacking pew after pew of terrified mourners who had gathered for his funeral." One thing's for sure, the author has quite an imagination and I woul This is an interesting concept for a book and I wasn't quite sure how to approach reading it. Ultimately I think it's best read one "chapter", or section, at a time with breaks in between. Even putting it down here and there, it's a super quick read. Here's an example one-sentence story: "My father was causing a scene as usual, slurring his words and attacking pew after pew of terrified mourners who had gathered for his funeral." One thing's for sure, the author has quite an imagination and I would love reading a full length horror novel of his.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hale

    Rating: 3.95 This was really interesting. It was disturbing, creepy, gory and at times sent shivers down my spine. And I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Girard

    This was so creepy and weird and horrifying. The illustrations are too. If you are a fan of horror or of stories quickly read pick this one up.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ericka Seidemann

    Delightfully creepy collection of one-sentence horror scenarios. I marked many of these to read to friends later! So happy I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Bennett

    I feel like this is something I would normally DNF, but I finished it since it was only 240-ish one-sentence long stories. I really didn't like this. Typically, I really love a suspenseful horror story — "NOS4A2" by Joe Hill and "The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft are two favorites that jump to mind. I even love flash fiction, so this should have been a win. However, a lot of these stories are either: boring or just plain confusing (let's be honest, though, it is hard to throw a twist int I feel like this is something I would normally DNF, but I finished it since it was only 240-ish one-sentence long stories. I really didn't like this. Typically, I really love a suspenseful horror story — "NOS4A2" by Joe Hill and "The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft are two favorites that jump to mind. I even love flash fiction, so this should have been a win. However, a lot of these stories are either: boring or just plain confusing (let's be honest, though, it is hard to throw a twist into just one sentence) or they are variations of one-sentence urban legends that have been floating around the Internet for years. A few were creepy (if you read them in the middle of the night with the lights out); many I laughed out loud at (because the imagery painted was absurd and funny); others were over-the-top grotesque (not in a good way); and I genuinely loved only one (and that's because it pulled from folklore about changelings). I would only recommend this as a horror story prompt book. In that function, it works quite well. Otherwise, I would give it a pass. I received a free eBook copy through a goodreads giveaway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    Meh Hoped it would be better.. just 4-5 lines of “scary” “stories” that go on and on and on.. would like to say that it had some good ones.. but nope. Not for me. Reminded me of those Instagram accounts who post pictures of 3-5 lines of “scary” dialogues, situations and stuff. Oh well...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Magalie

    It is a really good, terrifying book. The drawings are great, really spooky. It's a must-read for fans of this genre !

  17. 5 out of 5

    frogfairie

    I was excited to finally win a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway because the concept fascinated me. It's easy to read through the pages too quickly, so be sure to slow down and take time to let each one-sentence story really sink in. With some straight-forward and others setting imagination spinning, the variety is sure to provide something creepy for all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Surprisingly fun There is lots of: dismemberment of body parts, poor parenting, cages, holes and parallel worlds. Possibly exemplifying our worst fears?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Williams

    Quick read, but super chilling. I feel like you'll only enjoy this book as much as you give your mind room to wander. Each sentence demands to be chewed and digested slowly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Avanders

    Great fun. 🤡

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittnee

    The smiling clown looked into my eyes, clutched my broken, twisted body and whispered: "I'm going to make you a balloon animal." Brief, Horrible Moments: A Collection of One Sentence Horror Stories is like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but for adults and the stories are only one sentence long. At first, the one sentence length threw me off. I wanted to read each sentence like it should be connected to the previous one. Once I adjusted my reading style to reading a sentence and pondering wher The smiling clown looked into my eyes, clutched my broken, twisted body and whispered: "I'm going to make you a balloon animal." Brief, Horrible Moments: A Collection of One Sentence Horror Stories is like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but for adults and the stories are only one sentence long. At first, the one sentence length threw me off. I wanted to read each sentence like it should be connected to the previous one. Once I adjusted my reading style to reading a sentence and pondering where the tale would go from there and what happened before that sentence, I started to enjoy the short horror clips more. This would be a fun book for a writers' workshop to develop the stories more. It would also be fun to read a different sentence each day and think about the rest of the story. P.S. I did receive this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I won a Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review, and here it is: This book is exactly what it says on the tin: brief, horrible moments; one-sentence nightmares. Many of these were surprising and creative, a number of them were somewhat cliche, and some of the later ones felt like reworded versions of ones that were told earlier in the book. The better ones tended to be deliciously horrifying in concept; however I feel that a few had their effect hampered by the one-sentence li I won a Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review, and here it is: This book is exactly what it says on the tin: brief, horrible moments; one-sentence nightmares. Many of these were surprising and creative, a number of them were somewhat cliche, and some of the later ones felt like reworded versions of ones that were told earlier in the book. The better ones tended to be deliciously horrifying in concept; however I feel that a few had their effect hampered by the one-sentence limit. A two or three sentence rule would have cured the longer ones of run-on, and maybe even strengthened their impact. That being said, this was certainly a disturbing treat, and I appreciate my free copy~

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evelynn

    I won this through Goodreads, thank you! I had to read this in bits and pieces since each sentence is its own story, I didn't want it to all blend together. Some of the imagery was disturbing (in that, "thanks I hate it, but also kind of love it" way) and other parts were straight up funny (like, "Yep, I'm dying...oh my legs are all they way over there? Interesting..." ) I think what I liked best is that certain entries got my mind going, almost like a writing prompt, my brain started itching to f I won this through Goodreads, thank you! I had to read this in bits and pieces since each sentence is its own story, I didn't want it to all blend together. Some of the imagery was disturbing (in that, "thanks I hate it, but also kind of love it" way) and other parts were straight up funny (like, "Yep, I'm dying...oh my legs are all they way over there? Interesting..." ) I think what I liked best is that certain entries got my mind going, almost like a writing prompt, my brain started itching to fill in the blanks of the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Horrifyingly Brilliant!!! I love this collection of 1 sentences horror stories! It was easy to get lost in the many creepy and unsettling situations throughout the book. The author does not hold back and takes the readers to some very dark places; I appreciate that so much! The format in which they are written makes for a very enjoyable and fast read. I read this in 1 sitting. I highly recommend to everyone who likes unnerving and disturbing stories.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carlton Phelps

    This is the second book I have read by Mr Pandza. I have a weird sense humor and this book was right up my alley. The short sentences and very dark but for me, funny . Some are sick but brought a smile or a chuckle for me. For years I worked around policemen and for them to keep their sanity, most had a twisted sense of humor. This isn't for everyone but some will find this book very entertaining. I will now go back and finish his other book by looking at it in a different light.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Naava Kaiho

    The thing cordially introduced itself, its name so much like that of a place I'd recently heard of, and it dawned on me that what it was and where I was standing were one and the same. I'm not sure what to think. Some were splendid, like the one I copypasted above, some made me go "whoa, someone actually took the time to write this thing down?" and, well, the latter were in the majority.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caelesta

    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Since they don't have much time to create a creepy atmosphere or expand upon the tension needed to create a scary story, one sentence horror stories can be hit or miss. While there were a few stories that I found more darkly humorous than actually terrifying, the vast majority of the stories were creepy and eerie. I especially liked the chapter on "murder, death and the dead."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Camden Johnson

    I got this as a free book on Kindle. I thought that this book was alright. I love anthology horror books so I was happy to download this book. It wasn't horrible and some of the short stories were interesting. They all were unique and creative but it didn't leave me completely shocked or anything. I would recommend for a quick read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    A few of these really hit hard, but I think a lot of the punch of these mini stories was lost by more than one being on the same page. It makes for reading them too quickly, back to back, and they lose their sense of urgency.

  30. 4 out of 5

    The Irregular Reader

    Brief Horrible Moments delivers on its goal: a collection of 1-sentence horror stories. Some of these manage to be absolutely terrifying, even in the brief format allowed. most serve (intentionally or not) as writing prompts, compelling the reader to extrapolate a larger story to encompass what they're reading. A fun, quick read for horror fans.

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