Yet Another Slice of Fear

Stories of Suspense and Terror

Fiction - Anthology
190 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2023
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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

What do we fear the most? In Yet Another Slice of Fear, Andrew Allen Smith explores this emotion from different perspectives in this collection of 17 captivating short stories. The collection opens with Flight Delay, which is full of dark humor and tells of a cheating husband getting lost in an airport bathroom just before boarding. Another ends dramatically with a mystifying free gift that describes a dystopia possible in our technologically advanced society. Other stories offer a wide range of themes, such as a school genius inventing a device to communicate with insects; an accountant enchanted by a beautiful woman with just one flaw in her appearance; a bar haunted by all kinds of ghosts; a monstrous creature whose hunting takes an unexpected turn; the danger of partying with neighbors, and much more.

I appreciated the variety of topics Yet Another Slice of Fear offers to readers and this collection will satisfy the tastes of sci-fi and fantasy lovers and admirers of psychological fiction. Andrew Allen Smith looks into the roots of our fears, mercilessly pointing out the imperfections and weak spots of human character. At the same time, he maintains a lighter tone in the narrative with a touch of subtle irony and grim humor. For example, Sunset is a very moving, character-driven short story with tragic notes, and The Drifter re-tells the story of a well-known classic personality with a modern twist. I like how he introduces monsters and critters of many kinds, hinting at the monsters within us and giving us pause for thought. I also found The Edges to be a wonderful premise for a solid fantasy novel, featuring a magical weapon, the wisdom of ancient civilizations, and everlasting human choices between light and darkness, which I hope to read one day. I highly recommend this third book in the series to fans of short prose and the genres of suspense and thriller with a paranormal element.

Asher Syed

Yet Another Slice of Fear: Stories of Suspense and Terror by Andrew Allen Smith is a compilation of original short stories and is the follow-up to his first two books in the anthology - A Slice of Fear and Another Slice of Fear. Smith has collated over fifteen stories and each speaks to elements of fear that are as specific to the plot as they will be unique to each reader. These include stories such as Francis, where a teenage girl platonically reconnects with a science prodigy who is cultivating the perception and intelligence of wasps. The wasps are either a blessing or a curse, depending on what they know about you - and they know a lot. Then there are tales like Skittering, where the fears of a person who is just walking down their driveway manifest in paranoia and ultimately reveal the trigger.

Terror is a tough genre to pin down because the frights that move and shake one reader will have another groaning in embarrassment. My wife has been so afraid of the dark that she has slept with a sleeping mask on since childhood with the rationale that if something is in the room, she'd rather not see it. I will hide Yet Another Slice of Fear from her as Andrew Allen Smith is remarkably good at the craft, and that's wonderful for a reader like me. I love things that go bump in the night. The story I enjoyed most was Hunger, which is narrated from the point of view of a female predator looking for her next meal, with her hunger disappearing in a completely unexpected way. The writing is exceptional and this work was enough to satiate my craving for fear but not to the extent that I will not ask Smith for another slice.

K.C. Finn

Yet Another Slice of Fear: Stories of Suspense and Terror is a collection of short stories in the horror, suspense, and thriller subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by Andrew Allen Smith. In this varied and fascinating collection, readers are treated to a wide selection, from more realistic and darkly humorous tales of murder and missing persons to supernatural horror, medical and historical stories. The constant theme is the tense, short length of the works, and the amusing and sometimes shocking twists at the end, but every one of these stories is likely to tingle your spine.

It’s fair to say that short-form horror is probably my favorite genre, and I love nothing more than an author who can offer quality, variety, thrills, and atmosphere in bite-sized chunks. Andrew Allen Smith delivers on all counts with this collection, which has much to tempt both horror fans and newcomers to the genre. My favorite story was Francis, in which a science project that could change the way we look at nature and communication takes a horrifying turn. I loved the many twists in the different tales and the succinct way in which dialogue moves the plot forward to get to the most interesting parts. Here, Smith’s mastery of the macabre shines in his descriptions and creates some chilling images that will stay with you long after the book is set down. I recommend Yet Another Slice of Fear to fans of the author and horror enthusiasts looking for something new and satisfying to sink their teeth into.