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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
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Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published January 14th 2017
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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
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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.
Leena
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Dez Nemec
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, horror
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
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Ericka Seidemann
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Duarte Martinho
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
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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
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Magalie Boisvert
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, horror
It is a really good, terrifying book. The drawings are great, really spooky. It's a must-read for fans of this genre !
Robin Morgan
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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
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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
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Caelesta
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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."
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.
Tracy
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Loved this little treasure!

This was such a fun read! Each short little horror sentence either made me grimace or make a face. I had a lot of fun with this little book.
Aiden McDonough
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

This was a quick and awesome read. It makes you constantly wonder what happens next every single time. I won this book through a goodreads giveaway and I was not disappointed.
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
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Tanya M
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I received a Kindle edition of this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

I'm sorry but I didn't like this much.

I think the idea is great. This is a good effort of trying to get out of the ordinary, a kind of modern book art, so I was really excited about winning a copy. I don't really do horror, because for me, horror books or movies are rarely scary, they are mostly boring or disgusting. More reasons to continue my search for that one scary book.
The format of the book being one-sentence stories is very
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Sugarrr
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dave Allen
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Note: I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway).

An inspired idea - a collection of one-sentence horror stories. Pandza's got a twisted imagination; many entries in this collection will keep one up at night, jumping every time a tree branch slaps against the house.

In the end, though, he needed a good editor. After awhile, many of his one-sentence stories became redundant. Too many disembodied voices. Too many body parts taken. Too many puns ('cost an arm and a leg - for real
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Ahdev
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
It was fun! Spookily entertaining fun!!

Awesome idea of writing one sentence horror stories, that too of 242 non-repetitive ones which shiver up your spine has been made possible here by the one and only Marko!!

Enjoyed each and every one of it, especially loved the parts Monsters&Demons and Doctors&Health! Unique creativity I must say!!

And thanks a ton for the COOL monster drawing haha!!

People who have even a bit of courage can go for this book, and I would recommend you to read it wh
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Thomas
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-wins
Creepy

I couldn’t stop reading it.
The general idea how the book is written is what makes it more appealing.
It leaves you second guessing what is coming next, if it’s going to be more haunting the the first sentence you read or not.
I enjoyed it even more because I’m used to reading those 2 mins stories on Facebook.

Over all I recommend this book if you like a little scare now and then !!!!
Kathryn Tuttle
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-loot
***I won this in a GoodReads Giveaway***
I gave this 5 stars because its exactly what it says it is, one sentence horror stories and they're pretty great. They get you thinking "how did this happen? What is going to happen?" And for that reason I think these would actually make great writing prompts. so really it's more than it promises :)
This is something I probably would have bought if I hadn't won it because I just love creepy things.
Tobyann Aparisi
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads (kindle version) for an honest read.

I have been wanting to read this book for some time and found it to be everything I hoped for. It was riveting and exciting and completely horrific and scary!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found each story to be better than the last! I could not put this book down and found it a true pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book to my fellow horror readers!!
Donna Bresnak
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
clever idea, however many of the one liners were very much the beginning plot of movies or tv shows. so...not so original. they are lines you need to read and think about for a minute, so this isn't a book you would read straight through. one might pick it up and read a few , then put it down again. it can be fun.

I received this book for free from good reads.





































Carrie
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The septic tank was full, and I wished I had emptied it when I had the chance, now that I was so close to drowning."
"I hadn't slept in days, and as I lay my head down, I hoped not to be woken again by the shouting voice inside my pillow."
"'I want you to look me in the face,' my best friend repeated, but I'd already tried once, and all that had been there was a ragged, gaping hole."

Just a couple of my favorites. A fast, fun, gross little book!
Ash
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inarguably, the most terrifying part of reading most one-sentence horror stories is your brain filling in the blanks. These stories are so much different. Written from every possible perspective, some are humorous or absurd, others grotesque, grim, or tragic, some are even, dare I say relatable, but the one thing they share is that there is no beginning to fill in, no ending, and no necessity for either. They are truly Brief, Horrible Moments..and they're perfect.
Emma Lynn
I wanted to like this, as I enjoyed Limbo by the same author, but I think this book proves that it is simply not possible to write good horror in one sentence. Horror is one of the few genres that tends to work better in the form of short stories than novels, but at the same time it can't be too short. You need a little time to build up suspense; something that is over before it has begun simply can't be scary.
Paul
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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, there were a few stories that I found more darkly humorous than actually terrifying, the vast majority of the stories were creepy and eerie.
Donald
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly what it says on the cover, "A collection of one sentence horror stories "! And it's pretty fun to read! Sorta gruesome too! Not for the faint of heart. Some grossed me out, some made me laugh, and some made me wish there was more to read! But it was a cool, and quirky, book, and a pretty fun idea! Like the description on Amazon says, "Chill your bones with two hundred and forty two horror stories, one sentence at a time." It sure chilled mine!
WVBunny
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable.

I found myself saying "Oh my God" after each paragraph. A good read if you only have a few minutes to r read. You can stop at anytime and not lose your place. I would recommend to anyone that is always busy but likes to read totally sick and distorted short stories, really short stories.
J.B.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy $#!/

Wow! What an amazing collection!!! I really loved all of these "nasty little tidbits". I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you enjoy horror fiction, and especially horror flash fiction, this book is for you. Creepy, odd and disgusting--yep. This book has it all. Thank you, Mr. Pandza!!!!!
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