Another Slice of Fear

Stories of Suspense and Terror

Fiction - Anthology
126 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2022
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Another Slice of Fear is yet another thrilling installment of short stories by Andrew Allen Smith. In "Immortal", a scientist stumbles upon a recipe for immortal life and the perfect woman to share it with, only for things to turn upside down. "The Price of Pain" follows two star-crossed lovers who derive pleasure from inflicting pain upon others. A woman gets her comeuppance for being a horrible wife to her former husband in "Drained". In "Small Solace", a debt collector tries his best to swindle a woman out of her soul for an unexpected outcome. "Beatrice" is the story of a woman who finds a way to save her beloved hometown from irrelevance decades after her death. "Edges" follows a young woman as she tries to decipher the secrets of her ancient magical sword.

Through 16 original stories with 16 different outcomes and surprises, author Andrew Allen Smith keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this captivating collection of suspense/horror stories. Each tale feels unique in its approach and ending yet contains a similar underlying ambiance of tension and dread seeping through the pages. Smith's economic use of words and accessible prose style makes the narrative a breeze to go through. Readers who have read the story "The Edge" from Smith's previous work, A Slice of Fear, will appreciate the inclusion of its continuation in "Edges". Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of thrills, Another Slice of Fear is a stellar anthology that fans of horror and suspense will find thoroughly entertaining.

Sarah Stuart

Another Slice of Fear: Stories of Suspense and Terror by Andrew Allen Smith is a collection of new short stories, plus an extra episode of The Edge, a tale published in A Slice of Fear, which explores the concept of terror, dread, anxiety, and horror. Smith believes that these feelings are at the root of who we are, and the stories seek to aid the reader in discovering more about themselves. They are extremely well written, varied in subject and character, and in “The Boathouse”, demonstrate that none of us see what is before our eyes in the same way. Another Slice of Fear will have enormous appeal to lovers of mystery and suspense – even erotica in “The Price of Pain” – and most of all, horror addicts.

Andrew Allen Smith hooks readers into Another Slice of Fear and there is no escape! Which stories fascinate and absorb individuals truly does depend on what they most fear. All have the power to captivate, but it is the personal aspect that caused me to add the genre “horror” to mystery and suspense. If you are afraid of spiders, scorpions are the next step, but I read “Stung” with detached fascination – we have no venomous spiders in England and my dog regards them as fast-food! “Apprehension” is a brilliant cameo of an abused wife; I admired the writing but it was “Immortal” that terrified me. Fear of death is normal, right? Try discovering the prospect of eternal life! Another Slice of Fear by Andrew Allen Smith is an intense, gripping, ten-star read.

Tawny Molina

Another Slice of Fear: Stories of Suspense and Terror by Andrew Allen Smith is a colorful anthology of thrilling short stories that cover the full spectrum of fear. Each of these short works of fiction evokes some sort of reaction that leaves you with an emotional response. Smith brings us a variety of genres touching on fear, with these stories seeming to range from the traditional horror tales to others with a more contemporary fantasy feeling. Despite the diversity, they all make you feel a sliver of fear in one way or another. It may not always be things that go bump in the night, though we are given some very impressive monsters, but Smith certainly does his job of making you experience anxiety.

Another Slice of Fear by Andrew Allen Smith is a book I absorbed quickly. Its collection of fear-inducing stories affected me deeply as I read through them. Some ended in consternation, others excited me because the horror was conquered, and others left me curious because there seemed to be such an open ending that entire novels could have flowed from them. In particular, Monster was such an emotional ride that I went back to read it a second time and I will probably go back and read it again shortly. Fear is a curious emotion and you do not always feel it at the moment that you would expect, but Smith pinpoints the part of each story that will act as a trigger. This author knows fear and each story had a point that just wriggles inside your mind and makes you wonder.