Hardened Hearts is a collection of short stories that is gross, lovely, sad, scary, terrifying, evil and all that is in between. The characters hearts will be laid bare, some you can literally see. Are you afraid yet? Some of the horror can be in told a few pages, some will take longer, but all of them are sure to entertain you. I give the collection four stars, but have also included a one sentence review for each story.
40 Ways To Leave Your Monster Love by Gwen Kiste
I don’t know what to say, other than, I love the ending and I learned one lesson, when you feel you need to walk away…DO IT.
It Breaks My Heart To Watch You Rot by Somer Canon
Four pages of such sweet love, it broke my heart!
What Is Love by Calvin Demmer
She loved him and if she could not have him…but you sure won’t see this coming.
Heirloom by Theresa Brawn
If you see a mirror…calling to you…don’t look too close…In fact, RUN!
The Recluse by John Boden
Whoa…I didn’t see that coming and I am so glad I don’t work at that office.
Dog Tired by Eddie Generous
Must stay awake, must stay awake, because when you fall asleep…
The Pink Balloon by Tom Deady
I thought I knew where this was going, but Tom did a great job of fooling me.
It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To by J L Knight
This is a really sad one.
Consumed by Madhvi Ramani
I think we all know what happens when a man thinks with he little head.
Burning Samantha by Scott Paul Hallam
Sad how some people give up who they are to fit in.
Class of 2000 by Robert Dean
You can only push people so far.
Learning To Love by Jennifer Williams
Love sure hurts in this grisly little story.
Brothers by Leo X Robertson
Welll…that was different and I don’t know what to say about it, so…I guess you’ll need to read it for yourself.
Porcelain Skin by Laura Blackwell
Do you believe the grass is greener on the other side?
The Heart of the Orchard by Erin Sweet Al Mehaairi
If a stranger comes knocking at your door offering you something…beware…it probably isn’t a good thing.
Meeting the Parents by Sarah L Johnson
Freakishly over the top icky, creepy.
Matchmaker by Meg Elisson
Do dating sites really work…some say yes, but after reading this, it only confirms my skepticism.
17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.
Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.