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The Bad Apples crew is back with its biggest Halloween anthology yet! Join The Light Brothers, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Mark Matthews, John McNee and Craig Saunders for a fresh delivery of all-new macabre tales for the haunting season. • On Halloween night, an artist intends to use humanity as his canvas, to mold flesh into his greatest masterpiece. In Adam a The Bad Apples crew is back with its biggest Halloween anthology yet! Join The Light Brothers, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Mark Matthews, John McNee and Craig Saunders for a fresh delivery of all-new macabre tales for the haunting season. • On Halloween night, an artist intends to use humanity as his canvas, to mold flesh into his greatest masterpiece. In Adam and Evans Light’s BELLE SOUFFRANCE, suffering has never been so beautiful. • Everyone knows you are what you eat. So Cam probably shouldn’t munch on those chocolate eyeballs he stole. Sins of the past are only one bite away in John McNee’s CHOCOLATE COVERED EYEBALL. • Halloween comes once a year for most people. Unfortunately for Harvey, it might be coming around a little more often in Craig Saunders’ OCTOBER’S END. • The girl behind the counter at the local costume shop reads horror novels and only horror novels. She's perfect. And she's hosting an intimate Halloween get-together in Gregor Xane's THE UNCLE TAFFY'S GIRL. • Charli is usually lonely, but tonight she’s on a bus headed to a party where she hopes the man of her dreams might finally notice her. But when a masked man enters the bus, it’ll be the ride not the party she never forgets in Edward Lorn’s LAST STOP. • Christians say Halloween is a pagan holiday, and Keagan’s mother doesn’t think Jesus would approve of celebrating it. Little does she realize that they’re about to find out if that’s true from Jesus himself in Mark Matthews’ BODY OF CHRIST. • Any cornfield Halloween party filled with teenagers dressed like iconic horror villains is bound to end with murder and mayhem. But when a grim reaper throws in a twist, the killing really gets out of hand in Jason Parent’s PULP. (This book contains adult content and is suitable for mature readers only.)


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The Bad Apples crew is back with its biggest Halloween anthology yet! Join The Light Brothers, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Mark Matthews, John McNee and Craig Saunders for a fresh delivery of all-new macabre tales for the haunting season. • On Halloween night, an artist intends to use humanity as his canvas, to mold flesh into his greatest masterpiece. In Adam a The Bad Apples crew is back with its biggest Halloween anthology yet! Join The Light Brothers, Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Mark Matthews, John McNee and Craig Saunders for a fresh delivery of all-new macabre tales for the haunting season. • On Halloween night, an artist intends to use humanity as his canvas, to mold flesh into his greatest masterpiece. In Adam and Evans Light’s BELLE SOUFFRANCE, suffering has never been so beautiful. • Everyone knows you are what you eat. So Cam probably shouldn’t munch on those chocolate eyeballs he stole. Sins of the past are only one bite away in John McNee’s CHOCOLATE COVERED EYEBALL. • Halloween comes once a year for most people. Unfortunately for Harvey, it might be coming around a little more often in Craig Saunders’ OCTOBER’S END. • The girl behind the counter at the local costume shop reads horror novels and only horror novels. She's perfect. And she's hosting an intimate Halloween get-together in Gregor Xane's THE UNCLE TAFFY'S GIRL. • Charli is usually lonely, but tonight she’s on a bus headed to a party where she hopes the man of her dreams might finally notice her. But when a masked man enters the bus, it’ll be the ride not the party she never forgets in Edward Lorn’s LAST STOP. • Christians say Halloween is a pagan holiday, and Keagan’s mother doesn’t think Jesus would approve of celebrating it. Little does she realize that they’re about to find out if that’s true from Jesus himself in Mark Matthews’ BODY OF CHRIST. • Any cornfield Halloween party filled with teenagers dressed like iconic horror villains is bound to end with murder and mayhem. But when a grim reaper throws in a twist, the killing really gets out of hand in Jason Parent’s PULP. (This book contains adult content and is suitable for mature readers only.)

30 review for Bad Apples 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janie C.

    This collection has something for everyone for this Halloween season.  It contains a variety of creepy stories from the surreal to the visceral.  Adam and Evans Light's Belle Souffrance is a tale of revenge and biomechanics, taking the term "body art" to a whole new level.   John McNee's Chocolate Covered Eyeball is colorful and imaginative, and will discourage the kid in you to ever steal candy again.  October's End by Craig Saunders is a claustrophobic trip to grandma's house that reminded me This collection has something for everyone for this Halloween season.  It contains a variety of creepy stories from the surreal to the visceral.  Adam and Evans Light's Belle Souffrance is a tale of revenge and biomechanics, taking the term "body art" to a whole new level.   John McNee's Chocolate Covered Eyeball is colorful and imaginative, and will discourage the kid in you to ever steal candy again.  October's End by Craig Saunders is a claustrophobic trip to grandma's house that reminded me of both Groundhog Day and Hotel California.  Uncle Taffy's Girl by Gregory Xane set my teeth on edge.  It was freaky and gruesome, but I could not turn away.  Pulp by Jason Parent was full of twists and turns, with references to many popular horror movies, and a nod to one of my personal favorite non-horror characters, Verbal Kint.  My two top picks were written by Edward Lorn and Mark Matthews.  Edward Lorn's Last Stop is a harrowing bus ride that goes from disturbing to downright shocking.  If you think the bad guy is evil, just wait until you meet the missus!  Mark Matthew's Body of Christ is a surreal and gutwrenching story that makes Carrie's mother look pleasant.  No matter what your belief system is, this story will affect you.  Kudos to all of the authors whose efforts made Bad Apples 3 a diverse helping of treats. I received a free copy of this e-book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks! 4.5 glowing pumpkins

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoeytron

    How do you like them apples? I like 'em fine when they come in such horrifying slices. You know the poisoned apple of fairytale fame that caused Snow White to fall into a deep sleep? Not to worry, there is not a one of these seven bites that is conducive to sleeping. Belle Souffrance by Adam & Evans Light L'Artiste has mastered the art of suffering. He grew up with it. His eclectic painting accoutrements are not available at any art supply shop. He must acquire his own working materials, and so h How do you like them apples? I like 'em fine when they come in such horrifying slices. You know the poisoned apple of fairytale fame that caused Snow White to fall into a deep sleep? Not to worry, there is not a one of these seven bites that is conducive to sleeping. Belle Souffrance by Adam & Evans Light L'Artiste has mastered the art of suffering. He grew up with it. His eclectic painting accoutrements are not available at any art supply shop. He must acquire his own working materials, and so he does. Chocolate Covered Eyeball by John McNee Old man Koolter casts a jaundiced eye on kids who filch from the bins in his candy store. If he tells you to get out and not come back, don't go back! Ever! October's End by Craig Saunders A grasping grandmother and a hallway full of doors. Hope you like to be tucked tightly into your bed at night. Grandmama is very old, she has always been old. It's hard for her to move around very much these days. The creep factor runs high here. The Uncle Taffy's Girl by Gregor Xane A costume shop with a great name (Uncle Taffy's Masks and Mayhem) run by a lovely girl who devours old-style horror novels. An invitation to accompany her to a Halloween party is readily accepted. You'll be all eyes as you are served up little slices of life from the refreshment cauldron. Twisted and delectably macabre. Last Stop by Edward Lorn When I was in high school, I rode the bus to work. Every once in awhile, there would be some weirdo get on the bus and he or she would invariably plop down next to me. That's what happens to Charli as she rides the bus to a Halloween party. Skip the bus. Take a taxi. Or better yet, stay in your house. Body of Christ by Mark Matthews There are few things more disturbing to me than a crazed religious fanatic. The mother in this story is one such nutter. A little boy tries his hardest to please his mother as well as his (sinner!) father. He retreats into a closet that may or may not prove to be his salvation. Pulp by Jason Parent A Halloween party out in the boonies, with all attendees costumed as horror movie villains. Hope you like scary movies. A deadly game is underway here, how many ways can you die?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gregor Xane

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Frank Errington

    Halloween is fast approaching, don't believe me, just stop by your local big box store or visit any super drug store. Candy and costumes and decorations are popping up everywhere. Good news is, it's also time for Halloween anthologies and scary stories to appear on bookshelves and in your news-feeds. One such collection is from Evans and Adam Light, co-creators of the Bad Apples anthology series. Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is a delicious concoction of tales that are much more fun Halloween is fast approaching, don't believe me, just stop by your local big box store or visit any super drug store. Candy and costumes and decorations are popping up everywhere. Good news is, it's also time for Halloween anthologies and scary stories to appear on bookshelves and in your news-feeds. One such collection is from Evans and Adam Light, co-creators of the Bad Apples anthology series. Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is a delicious concoction of tales that are much more fun than bobbing for apples. Plus, you're much less likely to suffer accidental drowning reading this book, unless you like to read in the tub, then you're on your own. Belle Souffrance byAdam & Evans Light - The authors combine their talents to produce one of the most visceral stories of betrayal and revenge I've ever read. "now as he stood on the dark hillside, Halloween's arrival imminent, he imagined all that he could create with flesh as his canvas and fresh blood as his paint." Set against the backdrop of an old amusement park (one of my favorite tropes), the story was horrifyingly original. Chocolate Covered Eyeball by John McNee - One of the wildest, most imaginative short stories I've read this year. Old man Koolter doesn't take kindly to those who shoplift from his candy store. The scene where the lead character vomits his ill-gotten candy into a toilet is disturbingly brilliant. October's End by Craig Saunders - A suitably creepy tale about the house at October's End. "There might be a reason the house was called October's End, but Harvey knew October never ended. It never had, and never would, and names and houses and old ladies all lied." The Uncle Taffy's Girl by Gregor Xane - This is the first time I've read anything by Gregor Xane and it's a doozy. A Halloween party for the ages. Proof once again that if something is too good to be true, it is. Gregory's story had me cringing more than once, each time with something even more terrifying than before. Last Stop by Edward Lorn - A very disturbing bus ride with a Brit who plans to kill three people on Halloween night. First time reading Edward Lorn,too, and it won't be the last. By far the darkest story in the book, but it's also one of the best. Body of Christ by Mark Matthews - Another dark tale of a Christian mother's resistance to Halloween. Admittedly the oddest story in the anthology and gruesome at times, yet I found it completely satisfying. Pulp by Jason Parent - An inventive tale of another Halloween party gone awry. Most of the party-goers were members of a high school film club and "had drawn from a fishbowl a folded piece of paper with the name of an iconic horror-movie villain on it." These were their costumes. Sounds like a fun party, right. Wrong. Probably my favorite story in an anthology loaded with great tales. Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is a remarkably diverse collection of stories. If Halloween is your thing and you like good horror, what are you waiting for? Bad Apples 3:Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is available now as a paperback from Corpus Press.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    BAD APPLES 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is the third installment of this Halloween themed anthology. Adam and Evans Light, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, and Edward Lorn are now adding story inclusions from John McNee, Craig Saunders, and Mark Matthews. While the main criteria is a Halloween themed story, each author brings us their own, vastly different tale. We start with a collaboration from the Light Brothers, entitled "Belle Souffrance". Our main character, Serge, had a difficult beginnin BAD APPLES 3: Seven Slices of Halloween Horror is the third installment of this Halloween themed anthology. Adam and Evans Light, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, and Edward Lorn are now adding story inclusions from John McNee, Craig Saunders, and Mark Matthews. While the main criteria is a Halloween themed story, each author brings us their own, vastly different tale. We start with a collaboration from the Light Brothers, entitled "Belle Souffrance". Our main character, Serge, had a difficult beginning--shaping him into the man he now is, "L'Artiste". "Nothing was black or white without gray nestled between." He is now ready to bring his version of art to the populace. Although I enjoyed this tale, I couldn't help but feel that it seemed more of an excerpt from a longer work. (4*) Next up was John McNee's "Chocolate Covered Eyeball". This one showcased the dangers of stealing from the local shopkeeper. While the writing is excellent and completely with the holiday theme, the outcome was fairly predictable from the beginning....or so I thought. McNee added an original "twist" to the finale that made it all the more exceptional! (4*) "October's End", by Craig Saunders was one that I found flawless in both its execution and the claustrophobia, confusion, and fear that it imparted to the reader. Harvey has been helping "grandmother" for untold Halloweens, and his scattered thoughts and memories project onto us perfectly: "There might be a reason the house was called October's End, but Harvey knew October never ended. It never had, and never would, and names and houses and old ladies all lied . . ." (5*) "The Uncle Taffy's Girl" by Gregor Xane may have a common idea at its core, but done with Xane's off-beat flair, it becomes something much more twisted and demented. (3*) "Last Stop" by Edward Lorn was a good story in fitting in with the theme, and I honestly did not see where the ending was going, completely. (3.5*) "Body of Christ" by Mark Matthews has to be the darkest, and most emotional tale of the anthology. There is no explaining this one easily--you just need to read it for yourselves! (4.5*) "Pulp" by Jason Parent was a tale that I felt ended the anthology on the perfect note! Filled with '80's horror movie and plot references, this story showcased the perfect embodiment of the Halloween spirit, ending on a completely unique note that made me wish for a sequel. (5*) Of the entire anthology, I'd have to say that I enjoyed Jason Parent's contribution the most, followed closely by Craig Saunders'. Mark Matthew's also left a sour taste that you won't soon forget! Overall, a great anthology for the season! Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Bad Apples 3 is the third installment of this series, headed up by the Light brothers, Adam and Evans. Each year they seem to up their game with this Halloween entry and this year was no different. The standouts to me in this volume were: Belle Souffrance by the Light Brothers. A nasty little Halloween tale. Beautiful Suffering is what it means and suffering, beautiful or not, is what's going to happen. Chocolate Covered Eyeballs by John McNee. What else is there to say? This was my second f Bad Apples 3 is the third installment of this series, headed up by the Light brothers, Adam and Evans. Each year they seem to up their game with this Halloween entry and this year was no different. The standouts to me in this volume were: Belle Souffrance by the Light Brothers. A nasty little Halloween tale. Beautiful Suffering is what it means and suffering, beautiful or not, is what's going to happen. Chocolate Covered Eyeballs by John McNee. What else is there to say? This was my second favorite story in this collection. Body of Christ by Mark Matthews. This story was so freaking awesome, I don't even know what to say. It was disturbing and imaginative, while also poignant and sad. Bravo!! Pulp by Jason Parent. Pulp was just plain HORROR fun! Over the top in every way and then BAM! Punch in the face for the ending. Those types of short fiction are often my favorites and this one is right up there. Bad Apples 3 ROCKED! What else is there to say? It's almost October! What are you waiting for? Highly recommended to fans of short, imaginative, horror fiction! *I received a free e-ARC from Mark Matthews in exchange for my honest review. This is it. Also, I know most of these authors online, and consider them my friends. My review was not affected by our friendships. *

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I had this one for a while and held onto it so that I could savor the stories later in October. It was a lot harder than it sounds. I am not a very good “waiter.” There’s something about reading in the dark and rainy weather though, so I stuck it out and held off. Glad I did. It was well worth the wait, as I knew it would be. We had a whopping 3 dreary days in a row and even had 2 days of rain, so I ripped into this one while the atmosphere was right. (As I write this, it is 82 degrees and frick I had this one for a while and held onto it so that I could savor the stories later in October. It was a lot harder than it sounds. I am not a very good “waiter.” There’s something about reading in the dark and rainy weather though, so I stuck it out and held off. Glad I did. It was well worth the wait, as I knew it would be. We had a whopping 3 dreary days in a row and even had 2 days of rain, so I ripped into this one while the atmosphere was right. (As I write this, it is 82 degrees and frickin beautiful. F’n California.) I shouldn’t complain, but I am sick of the warm weather and am ready for some cold and rain. I know. California crybaby. Guilty. Bad Apples 3 is a fitting addition to the BA anthology series. I can’t remember any “bad apples” in any of the series and number 3 is no exception. With several new authors added to the lineup this edition is the biggest and baddest yet. Adam Light, Jason Parent, Edward Lorn, Evans Light, Gregor Xane, and newbies, John McNee, Craig Saunders and Mark Matthews. If you are not reading these guys, then you are missing out. Do yourself a favor and go grab some of their stuff, you won’t regret it. They are all on my “must read” author list. A Soild 4+ Stars and should be required Halloween reading for all Horror Aficionados.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nev Murray

    "The one thing that you will always get in a Bad Apples collection is a bunch of stories from a bunch of authors that will be so totally different from the last one you read that the level of variety is just superb. Yeah they are all connected to Halloween but that’s as close as they get to being similar." See here for the full review: Bad Apples 3 "The one thing that you will always get in a Bad Apples collection is a bunch of stories from a bunch of authors that will be so totally different from the last one you read that the level of variety is just superb. Yeah they are all connected to Halloween but that’s as close as they get to being similar." See here for the full review: Bad Apples 3

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    You guys are in for a treat.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    Oh where to start? Either I was not in the right mood for this, or I discovered why we haven't seen a part 4 in the series. While the first book was an ok read and the second a definite step up there was not much in this that sat right with me and I'll try to remember why that was. Kicking off with Belle Souffrance I almost dropped the book already. A gory story that tries it's best to gross us out. Well it did - and nothing else. Chocolate Covered Eyeball tries to scare with a very predictable Oh where to start? Either I was not in the right mood for this, or I discovered why we haven't seen a part 4 in the series. While the first book was an ok read and the second a definite step up there was not much in this that sat right with me and I'll try to remember why that was. Kicking off with Belle Souffrance I almost dropped the book already. A gory story that tries it's best to gross us out. Well it did - and nothing else. Chocolate Covered Eyeball tries to scare with a very predictable story and imagery that's unfortunately not... scary. October's End is a step up, but still feels like a bit of a trifle and I'm not surprised I'm having a hard time recalling any details now. The Uncle Taffy's Girl was a bit silly and again too gory. And way too late in the game, we are treated to some really good writing, courtesy of Edward Lorn and his Last Stop. But even if this is the highlight of the collection, it's a long way from his best and again, a not very memorable tale. Body of Christ again moves in the harsh and ugly world that Mark Matthews portrays well, but that I'm not very keen on reading about and this one also suffers from the scary part being not so scary, but rather just odd. Finally, Pulp with it's massive horror references overload is kind of cute for a couple of pages and quite annoying pretty soon. The naming of characters after movie directors and actors serves more to keep them cardboard than anything else, but hey, they are body count props either way, so... Cannot recommend this one, but if you haven't read part 2 I certainly can vouch for that one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    WendyB

    Hated the first story, Belle Souffrance, just too sick and twisted for me. The rest were just alright.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    With October right around the corner, the Bad Apple's crew is back in town, with Seven Slices of Halloween. "Belle Souffrance" by Adam & Evan Light Serge is a trouble young man. His memories of Halloween were not very pleasant. He went through a lot of suffering by the hands of his father. His father, wanted him to be more of a man, like him. After Serge mother died, he saw a chance a chance to be reborn and to changes things, like they have never been before. "Chocolate Covered Eyeball" by John Mc With October right around the corner, the Bad Apple's crew is back in town, with Seven Slices of Halloween. "Belle Souffrance" by Adam & Evan Light Serge is a trouble young man. His memories of Halloween were not very pleasant. He went through a lot of suffering by the hands of his father. His father, wanted him to be more of a man, like him. After Serge mother died, he saw a chance a chance to be reborn and to changes things, like they have never been before. "Chocolate Covered Eyeball" by John McNee Old man Kollter caught two young boys stealing candy from his store. Kollter tells them, if he ever catches them stealing from his store again, he will put a curse on them. Cam now much older, finds out that the story is closing. He returns to the store and he cant resist stealing candy just one more times. "October's End" By Craig Saunders This is a creepy story about a boy name Harvey. For most people, Halloween comes once a year but for Harvey, October never ends. "The Uncle Taffy's Girl" by Gregor Xane The girl that works at the costume shop in town, reads nothing bur horror books.She is the perfect one to throw a scary Halloween Party. It turns out, that girls party is a little different, than most. "Last Stop" by Edward Lorn Charli,with an I, is a very lonely person. It is Halloween night and she is off to a party, to find the perfect man. A man enters the bus and sits right next to her. The man tells Charli, what he plans to do on this night. The bus trip, is one that Charli, will never forget. "Body of Christ" by Mark Matthews Kegan's mother is an over bearing Christian fanatic. His father, is the complete opposite. Kegan mother, wants him to receive communion. His father begs him, not to swallow it. His father, makes him swear not to do this. He said, do this last thing for me, before I die. "Pulp" by Jason Parent This is a story about a Halloween party, that goes astray. Most of the kids at the party are members of the film club. The members get to pick out of a fish bowl, what iconic monster from the 80's that can dress up as. Strange things begin to happen and people are disappearing. This story has a lot of twists and turns, with an ending, that I never saw coming. Bad Apples 3, has a little of something for everybody. So with October right around the corner, this would be a perfect anthology, to add to your Halloween reading. I highly recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joel Kleehammer

    I wrote notes along the way, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed this year's installment of Bad Apples. I was pleased by six of seven stories, which is a win in my book. I wrote notes along the way, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed this year's installment of Bad Apples. I was pleased by six of seven stories, which is a win in my book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scot

    Pending review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    The third in the Bad Apples series again focused on that holiday which no other nation seems to do as well, Halloween. Like its predecessors, Bad Apples 3 consists of an assortment of tales ranging in quality from excellent to perplexing, but there is sure to be something for everyone here. It starts oddly with the Light Brothers' BELLE SOUFFRANCE which did not really work for me, before new contributor to the series, John McNee, righted the listing ship with a unique spin on the Halloween horro The third in the Bad Apples series again focused on that holiday which no other nation seems to do as well, Halloween. Like its predecessors, Bad Apples 3 consists of an assortment of tales ranging in quality from excellent to perplexing, but there is sure to be something for everyone here. It starts oddly with the Light Brothers' BELLE SOUFFRANCE which did not really work for me, before new contributor to the series, John McNee, righted the listing ship with a unique spin on the Halloween horror through CHOCOLATE COVERED EYEBALL. Probably my least favourite tale was OCTOBER'S END by another new contributor, Craig Saunders, as I found this one to be one all style and very little substance. Then there is the odd as all hell THE UNCLE TAFFY'S GIRL which proves, once and for all that author Gregor Xane needs to increase the frequency of the therapy sessions he presumably has. Edward Lorn is his typical reliable self with a bus ride to hell in LAST STOP, before Mark Matthews makes everyone feel like they need a shower with his tale of parental neglect and abuse in BODY OF CHRIST. The collection then ends on a high with the longest and easily the most fun story of the lot, PULP, by Jason Parent. All in all, a good collection, but one I felt was not quite as strong as its predecessors. 3.5 Shoplifter's Laments for Bad Apples 3.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee

    This is my Halloween pick for a terrifying, haunting, bizarre and humorous read this year. You get seven juicy, sour stories by seven different authors. Three I am already familiar with and the other four are new to me. Yet, I didn’t find one rotten Apple in the bunch. “Belle Souffrance” (Beautiful Suffering) by the team of authors, Adam and Evans Light. Both whom I have read and reviewed stories of theirs in the past. This story turned out to be very gory and bizarre. It’s Halloween night and L’ This is my Halloween pick for a terrifying, haunting, bizarre and humorous read this year. You get seven juicy, sour stories by seven different authors. Three I am already familiar with and the other four are new to me. Yet, I didn’t find one rotten Apple in the bunch. “Belle Souffrance” (Beautiful Suffering) by the team of authors, Adam and Evans Light. Both whom I have read and reviewed stories of theirs in the past. This story turned out to be very gory and bizarre. It’s Halloween night and L’ Artiste has finally opened a gateway. Now after all the preparation and experimentations he is ready to show his true self to the world. Next performance is Stewart’s Amusement Park. Where red will be more than just the flashing lights. “Chocolate Covered Eyeball” by author John McNee. This story I found very ironic and funny. Cam comes from a small town and is proud to show girlfriend Becca around. Once they get to Old Man Koolter’s candy shop he also is proud to show off his unique talent. They were warned in the past, but some things never change. I just can’t wait for some candy. “October’s End” by author Craig Saunders, who has written some great Horror novels I am familiar with. Such as, “Noose and Gibbert”, “House by The Sea” and “Rain” that I have read. This tale I found to be very haunting and sad. While “trick or treating” one year, young Harvey ventures to that old lady’s house. Now Harvey seems to be stuck in a Halloween, never-ending loop and he’s getting very tired. “The Uncle Taffy’s Girl” by author Gregor Xane. Right from the start of the story the writing is on the wall. He’s got a crush on Shelly. She’s the girl behind the counter in the costume shop. She’s his perfect dream, which may just turn into a gruesome nightmare. As he quickly gives into temptation which causes all the women to gather in celebration. “Last Stop” by author Edward Lorn, which turned out to be a nice Halloween surprise. Charli is a special girl and tonight she is on a bus headed to a Halloween party thrown by her secret admirerer, who doesn’t know that he is. Three stops before she is due to get off, a man in a clown mask gets on and everything is about to change. She must stay on the bus and listen closely because they have while before reaching his destination. “Body of Christ” by author Mark Matthews may not be for everyone. I found this story to be strange and very sad. Yet, at the end being Keagan’s salvation. Halloween is considered by some religions to be a pagan holiday. The parents are on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Keagan’s mother is a religious fanatic and his father has had enough. In the beginning, what Keagan is witness to is horrific, yet the ending is for you to decide. “Pulp” by author Jason Parent is a very bloody, brutal and humorous. We have a Halloween party with all the teenagers dressed has famous Horror movie villains. What starts of as a fun night for Jaime Carpenter, suddenly turns to unstoppable murder and chaos. Yes, this is a true “Monster Mash”. Plus, the ending has a shocking twist you won’t see coming. This was one of my favorites. robinleehorrorbookreviews.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Creepy vs scary, but good stories. Received this book free through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  18. 5 out of 5

    megHan

    Review coming soon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mommacat

    Poor John McNee. His great Halloween story was spoiled by a bunch of (wait for it) bad apples.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ericka annamarie

    Bad Apples one, two and three are some of my favorite holiday reads. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite of the three and I also really wish there was a Bad Apples four and five. That being said lets get into these seven particular Bad Apples slices. Each book in the series added on one additional story the collection. Book one had five stories, book two had six and finally book three has seven. I was super excited to have so many horror shorts to get me that mid year Halloween mood but as with Bad Apples one, two and three are some of my favorite holiday reads. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite of the three and I also really wish there was a Bad Apples four and five. That being said lets get into these seven particular Bad Apples slices. Each book in the series added on one additional story the collection. Book one had five stories, book two had six and finally book three has seven. I was super excited to have so many horror shorts to get me that mid year Halloween mood but as with any anthology I enjoyed some more than others. The first story, Belle Souffrance, was my least favorite in this collection. I love these horror shorts because each one usually relies heavily on the added spooky element of Halloween itself in a heavy way this story however does not. The only thing " Halloween-y " about this story is that it takes place on Halloween. Add to that way too much gore and what feels like a rip off of the rubber man from American Horror story and you just have something unenjoyable for someone looking for a old fashioned horror. Story two, Chocolate Covered Eyeball, is exactly what I expect from these anthologies. Its one of my favorites from this collection. It takes place on Halloween night and its main setting is a one stop candy store for a small middle American town. It immediately took me back to my childhood home and the many Halloween nights my sister and I competed for the best candies and told scary stories about our neighbors to freak each other out. Story Three, October's end, Is oddly beautiful in its haunting setting. The whole story takes place in the home of a inconspicuous old woman who may be less innocence then the neighborhood children perceive her. Story Four, The Uncle Taffy's Girl, Was once again a bit more gory than I've come to expect from these collections but had enough of a true witchy element to keep me enthralled. story Five, Last Stop, Is a bit more fast paced than I expected and while its interesting it is also sadly forgettable amongst the others in this book. Story Six, Body Of Christ, may be quite enjoyable to some as its very original in its monster/hero character but it was another one I did not enjoy and will most likely never read again. Story Seven, Pulp, Was not at all what I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed the wacky and unpredictable twist and turns of this story and am sad that I will n0t be getting a much wanted sequel.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    The third Bad Apples volume presents seven Halloween stories from many of the same authors. “Belle Souffrance” Adam and Evans Light An artist plans to carve a canvas of flesh on Halloween night. This was an odd story with an interesting protagonist with a harrowing backstory, although I felt the structure was a bit clunky with the past and present actions. Also there wasn’t a whole lot of Halloween involved. 3/5 “Chocolate Covered Eyeball” by John McNee A man moves back to his hometown where he used The third Bad Apples volume presents seven Halloween stories from many of the same authors. “Belle Souffrance” Adam and Evans Light An artist plans to carve a canvas of flesh on Halloween night. This was an odd story with an interesting protagonist with a harrowing backstory, although I felt the structure was a bit clunky with the past and present actions. Also there wasn’t a whole lot of Halloween involved. 3/5 “Chocolate Covered Eyeball” by John McNee A man moves back to his hometown where he used to steal chocolate covered eyeballs from the local candy store. I liked the concept, the candy shop owner, and the twist ending. 4/5 “October’s End” by Craig Saunders Harvey finds himself wanting to go out on Halloween, but he has to stay with his grandmother who lives in a house called October’s End. Although vague in understanding what was going on, I liked the dream-like feel and the psychological horror. 4/5 “The Uncle Taffy’s Girl” by Gregor Xane A girl at a costume shop hosts a Halloween party with special guests. I thought this was a pretty unique concept with fresh characters, and a bizarre ending with a mix of horror and humor. 4/5 “Last Stop” by Edward Lorn A girl rides the bus to a Halloween party, but a mysterious pumpkin masked man is the only other passenger. I liked the classic horror concept, though it took on more of a gruesome turn than expected as opposed to subtle. 3/5 “Body of Christ” by Mark Matthews Keagan’s mother is a Christian who doesn’t believe in Halloween. As someone who isn’t religious, I’m probably didn’t understand the references, and had some issues with the pacing (the sudden time jumps) but this was a clever story with an odd ending. 3/5 “Pulp” by Jason Parent A Halloween party in a cornfield where teenagers dress up as horror villains turns into a night of murder and mayhem. Horror fans will enjoy the references to popular horror films. I liked the concept, and thought the twist on the teen slasher genre was clever. And by the end, it left me wanting to read what could be part two of this story. 4/5 Overall, Bad Apples 3 was another solid and entertaining volume of short fiction of Halloween horror. As with any anthology, there are a variety of styles which will appeal to different readers, but I found most of them enjoyable if not better than average. 3.5/5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Plant

    These is an entertaining compilation of short stories involving different kinds of Halloween. It has a very "Tales from the Crypt" and "Twilight Zone" vibe to it. The first book, Belle Souffrance, was twisted and demented, leaving you scared to the core! Chocolate Covered Eyeball was also quite the twisted story, with less of a gore factor but makes you believe in the boogie man. October's End left me with a desolate feeling and reminded me a tad of groundhog day with a twist. The Uncle Taffy's Girl These is an entertaining compilation of short stories involving different kinds of Halloween. It has a very "Tales from the Crypt" and "Twilight Zone" vibe to it. The first book, Belle Souffrance, was twisted and demented, leaving you scared to the core! Chocolate Covered Eyeball was also quite the twisted story, with less of a gore factor but makes you believe in the boogie man. October's End left me with a desolate feeling and reminded me a tad of groundhog day with a twist. The Uncle Taffy's Girl dives again more into the gore aspect of Halloween and is rather entertaining. Body of Christ is somewhat sickening but also has some upbeat in it. This one was a tad difficult to digest and I am not sure how to feel about it a day later. Pulp, oh boy, This is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Scream! It was very unsettling. All in all this book covers a wide variety of horror - paranormal stories. I enjoyed this one a lot! I have received this book from the author for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join. I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    I loved the first book, liked the second book, and didn't like or love this third book. Too out there, disturbing, and disgusting for my taste. Obviously I wasn't into this book since it took me over a month to read it. And yet, despite all of this, I'll probably pick up the fourth addition next year (if there is one). I loved the first book, liked the second book, and didn't like or love this third book. Too out there, disturbing, and disgusting for my taste. Obviously I wasn't into this book since it took me over a month to read it. And yet, despite all of this, I'll probably pick up the fourth addition next year (if there is one).

  25. 4 out of 5

    RachelvlehcaR

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andi Rawson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lunney-Boyd

  29. 4 out of 5

    Saints Fan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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