But You Scared Me the Most by John Manderino is a very interesting collection of dark, yet humorous, short stories. I absolutely loved the tone of the book overall, and I had so much fun reading it!
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
My Thoughts on But You Scared Me the Most by John Manderino
What an interesting collection of short stories! This is another one that I had to pick up here and there to read just one or two stories at a time so I could properly digest them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection! I love the variety of the topics the stories covered. The overall tone was slightly dark, but also humorous, which I really appreciated. Many stories began with a bang and drew me in immediately, while others had a slow start but then finished with a surprise. Once I finished one story, I just couldn’t wait to dive into the next one to see what it would be about!
There were a number of shorts that I really loved. But of course, with most short story collections, there were also a few I didn’t like.
Here are my very quick notes for the stories that I gave five stars:
Too Old To Trick-Or-Treat, Too Young To Die
I loved the realistic and humorous family dynamic in this story. And what a cool idea! This was the perfect story to choose to include first!
Wolfman And Janice
Loved this one! What a fun idea. And that ending!
Self-Portrait With Wine
What a fun one! I loved the spontaneity and humor of this story!
Bob and Todd
That was intense and so filled with anxiety!
Such a heartbreaking tale. When I read this one, it felt like my stomach dropped. This one hit me really hard!
A Matter Of Character
Loved this one! So bittersweet.
The Witch of Witch’s Woods
Loved this one! What a great story to end on. I loved the storytelling!
Then there were the ones I really enjoyed, but gave four stars:
A Certain Fellow Named Phil
Whoa! The first four sentences are so intriguing. And phew, this one was quite unsettling!
But You Scared Me The Most
Such a sad one!
No Place Like Home
Woah. This one took a turn I wasn’t expecting!
Made For Each Other
Woah. I did not see that twist coming.
The Weary Ghost of Uncle Doug
Aww I loved this one. Poor Doug!
My Final Thoughts on But You Scared Me the Most
If you enjoy short stories that drift into the “odd” territory, you should definitely check this one out! I had so much fun reading them and highly recommend the collection!
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