Beasts: 16 More Weird Stories

Beasts More Weird Stories A nurse gives a tow truck driver her number while the spirits watch attentively Sasquatch Chupacabra clash across universes A skeleton billionaire throws his annual halloween party A woman kisses her

  • Title: Beasts: 16 More Weird Stories
  • Author: Brendan Detzner
  • ISBN: 9781329130166
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • A nurse gives a tow truck driver her number while the spirits watch attentively.Sasquatch Chupacabra clash across universes.A skeleton billionaire throws his annual halloween party.A woman kisses her husband good night locks him in the basement.And twelve .

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    • Brendan Detzner

      Brendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Forest Park, IL His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things and Exigencies anthologies, as well as elsewhere His new novel White Rabbit Society Part Two is available on and other fine online bookstores Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar Theater badgrammartheater You can keep track of what he s up to at brendandetzner.

    236 thoughts on “Beasts: 16 More Weird Stories

    • i'm not sure i understood all of these stories. some of them were rocking that whole "suggestion of spookiness/ambiguity" thing that so many horror authors seem to enjoy and that usually makes me want to grab them by the throat and scream "TELL ME WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO BE SCARED OF HERE PLEASE!" but in this case, the stories aren't horror so much as unsettling. there's a peeling-back here, revealing situations that are a little "off," but which aren't intended to make you cower in fear. the reade [...]


    • Really fun, "Twilight Zone" worthy weird fiction. Beasts” by Brendan Detzner is worth your hard-earned pennies. Why? Read on(no spoilers)Statement of bias: I mainly read short horror anthologies specifically, and I read a lot of them. Make of that what you will. I also tend to annotate anthologies in pencil as I read them; else I will never be able to find stories I want to re-read, later. I was also given an advance copy of the book for honest review.It doesn’t take a look back over my note [...]


    • Great stories. The prose is easily understandable and the stories are clear and effective. All while maintaining depth and readability.The "story notes" at the end are also a neat addition to the book for anyone interested in the craft.5/5. Would recommend to anyone interested in science fiction and horror.


    • This is definitely not a book I would have come across had Mr. Detzner not offered me an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. It’s fun to get an early look at a new piece of fiction, but this short story collection struggled to capture my attention. I spent more time thinking about how the stories could be improved than I did enjoying them.Right from the beginning, Detzner’s choppy writing made the stories tough to get into. The ARC text doesn’t seem to have gone through [...]


    • ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.It's an interesting situation, receiving a review request from an author. The first time it happened, I was flattered, honored, really, that of the millions of reviewers, I was asked to read an advanced copy.Yeah. That would've been for the bookThe Serpent's Head: Revenge. That did not end well. There after, the handful of times I've been asked to review a book, I've looked at the description carefully before saying yes, an [...]


    • So I had been anticipating this book Beasts: 16 More Weird Stories by Brendan Detzner ever since I signed up in the hopes to win a giveaway copy. Eagerly anticipatingoverjoyed when it finally arrived, I rushed through my other commitments so I could get right into this book. It was such a quick readzed right through all 146 pages.d that includes re-reading a few stories. WTFI mean seriously WTF did I just read??!! I am talking straight up twilight zone stuff. New age twilight zone stuff. These a [...]


    • It is often difficult to rate collections of short stories. There are sixteen here. Some I liked. Some I didn't.In this instance it was also difficult to assign a category to the whole. Some stories are of the horror genre, some cross over into science fiction themes, several are comic--and all are bizarre. I compromise by categorizing the lot as 'literature'.Thematically, what I liked were author Detzner's characterizations of human relationships, particularly that found in 'Spirits of the Wind [...]


    • As a follow up to Detzner's first short story collection SCARCE RESOURCES, BEASTS shows his growth both as a storyteller and as a writer. It's worth mentioning that some of the more negative reviews of BEASTS have commented that the prose is "sloppy" or "weak." I didn't find that to be the case. Detzner writes with a minimalist style more common to noir than horror. There's nothing sloppy about the writing, nothing loose or poorly constructed. We all have our preferences in terms of style, but i [...]


    • Where do I begin? I had every intention of discussing specific stories in this collection, however by the end of it I could hardly remember any detail involving the stories themselves because I had such a difficult time getting through the authors way of writing. Whether he has chosen to write in this sloppy, incoherent "style" or whether he is just a terrible writer I really cannot say. It's as if I was reading a very rough first draft, the draft no one but an editor should ever see. With awful [...]


    • Truth in Advertisement: Strange and Weird StoriesAny and all who find this book will come across the strange and Weird. Those who look for a sense of continuity, walk away. Those who look for a theme of closure won't find it here. Brendan Detzner follows a patchwork quilt going any and all directions leaving you wondering what's going on. Those following the traditional beginning, middle, end - need not apply anything resembling mainstream.The stories in this collection defy what others would ca [...]


    • ‘Beasts’ is a collection of 16 weird tales by Detzner. Some are previously published but the majority are new to this book. A mix of horror and dark fantasy, some with humor. A goddess choose to live as a mortal for a while. A woman is reborn every year. One of those creepy animatronic animal bands in a pizza joint is put back into service. A stage magician proves to be more than he appears to be. A giant computer that achieves sentience makes a very odd choice. A billionaire who is an anima [...]


    • ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.In my opinion, one of the most difficult forms of prose is that of a short story. In a limited number of pages, you must create a world, establish characters and make people fall in love with them.And one of the most difficult genres to write is dark fantasy. It's a thin line to walk and you can easily fall either way, either by overdoing it and jumping into horror or under doing it and having your story become childishly fr [...]


    • ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.This is the first time I've been asked to write a review in exchange for a copy of a book (on GoodReads, anyway; a music label asked me to review one of David Byrne's books [the one about riding bicycles] for my music review site). Mr. Detzner approached me because I had read and reviewed a Chuck Palahniuk book or two. From that I inferred that he feels his writing is in a similar vein.I think that mindset proved a disservic [...]


    • This is an interesting collection of short stories which defies attempts at a comprehensive “book” review. There are stories which are quite intriguing, which I liked, and a couple that left little to no impression other than a feeling of wanting to get to the next story. A feature I liked was that several did not end; the reader was left to imagine what would happen or the reasons for what was presented. This is a good book to carry along and read for diversion while getting on with daily r [...]


    • I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Which I was asked to publish October 1st. I am inexcusably late. But better late than never?From what little Googling I did, Brendan Detzner writes horror / fantasy / mystery stories in the vein of Neil Gaiman (and probably many others that I don't know.) Beasts: 16 More Weird Stories is a bit of a mixed bag, but I think that's actually pretty great, because it maximizes the chances you'll find something to your liking. The f [...]


    • I do love me some short stories. The only issue I had with these short stories was that some of them were too short! I needed more.This book sadly took me a while to read as it was in a drop box format that was hard to keep track of. None the less it was a brought to my attention from the writer Mr. Detzner himself and I am stoked to be one of his selected readers/reviewers. The stories had plenty of range and for the most part were chilling and had a level of strange that you don't often find. [...]


    • I've been fortunate to have heard some of the stories in this collection being read by the author at various reading series events, but after reading all 16 in one go, I have a greater appreciation for Brendan Detzner's talent and imagination. I'm astonished by the variety of the subjects, from the tender interaction of the couple in "Spirits of the Wind" to the short, sharp shock of "Wetwork" to the silliness of "The Return of Uncle Hungry's Pizza Fun Time Band", yet all retain Detzner's unique [...]


    • This is a set of short stories from Brenden Detzner. And each one is as strange as they come. The author has such an imaginative mind and each story can and will creep you out. These should not be read at bedtime and with the lights left on. And each story ends actually you have to think of the ending. Some endings come to you while others make you think, giving you chills as you think of the outcome.I will compare these stories to ones I read when younger--the Ripley's Believe It or Not stories [...]


    • I absolutely loved and was was made a little jumpy by most of the stories in Beasts. My thoughts on collections, especially horror stories, is that if you like half the author has done a good job. Well, Mr. Detzner did a superb job since there were only two that I did not care for. I won't be giving any hints in this review because the tales will be much better if allowed to sneak up on you. So go get the book and read it. Your main complaint will be that the book should be longer. Hopefully nex [...]


    • Short stories to me are a tricky thing. I am the sort who likes to know the who, what and why of it all. I do however really enjoy when I find some I like. Now, some of these are hard to follow and even incoherent. Others feel like the start of something larger. But the clever ones leave you sad for the animals at Chuck E Cheese and relieved that spring break in Florida is a thing. This is a dark fantasy collection and I think you should give it a read.


    • For a horror collection that sticks to a stark, sculpted prose style, "Beasts" is surprisingly romantic and surprisingly funny. Every story takes you to a different place, so if you're not sure about where you've landed, rest assured you'll be moving along. These are big ideas in short form. They can be startling, and I like that. Stories like "Blue Eyes," "In the Fall" and "Spirits of the Wind" will be sticking with me for quite some time.


    • I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.I thought these stories were decent and I enjoyed reading them. There was a pervasive creepiness that ran through the entire collection-I love it when books inspire dread. "The Chupacabra Versus Sasquatch Variations 1-9" was the only story that didn't work for me, all the others were good and I think Detzner might be capable of something great in the future.



    • Beasts Review: What Could Have BeenShort story collections are difficult beasts (no pun intended) to tackle. The short story itself is one of the more difficult mediums of storytelling to conquer, so collecting many of them together in a single anthology while maintaining some sort of commonality between them and keeping the quality high are not for the faint of heart. And, unfortunately, Beasts by Brendan Detzner does not, for the most part, succeed in telling its “16 Weird Stories” in such [...]


    • I received a free copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review.Overall, I thought the collection was okay. Being an ARC, I knew there would be spelling errors, but when the title came spelled wrong (Beats instead of Beasts), I was worried. And yes, there are quite a few grammatical errors throughout; but, that’s to be expected without intense editing (which I’m assuming came after the ARCs were sent). There are so many grammar struggles that it does impact the readability, so I f [...]


    • This was a relatively good little book of short stories - I'd give it 2.5 stars. You could say the genre is speculative fiction, though it’s pretty hard to categorise – the best word I can come up with is ‘weird’ or ‘strange’. Some stories are overtly sci-fi, verging on fantasy; others are more realist but just as unsettling. For example: one story is called ‘The Chupacabra Versus Sasquatch’ and details this battle in nine parallel worlds; another is about a woman trapped in plas [...]


    • I received the advanced reading copy of Beasts in exchange for an honest review. First off, even for an ARC, there were a decent amount of grammatical errors and odd sentence structures. (There were even a few places where I could tell that one idea had been abandoned for another one.) I don't know how/if these were fixed in the released copy, but I just found that odd. And it's possible that my understanding or enjoyment of certain stories may have been hindered by these errors. Anyway, what we [...]


    • Upfront caveat: I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewBrendan Detzner writes some odd stories. Horror stories, but experimental. Quirky. Sometimes funny. With the exception of "Spirits of the Wind", the stories in this volume are on the short side, often ending well before I expected them too. Detzner doesn't hold your hand, or info-dump; you'd best be paying attention if you want to understand what's going on, and even then, I sometimes had to re-re [...]



    • I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.To be perfectly honest, most short story collections are not my thing. Also, I don't read much of anything that could be classified as "horror." Also Also I tend to enjoy stories that focus on character development more than just purely ideas or plot. So that's 3 strikes against this book, which is basically a book of short creepy stories that are basically brief sketches of weird ideas or moments. All that said, there were some sto [...]


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