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How will you die?  Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself.   He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. How will you die?  Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself.   He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. Each bite-sized page turner is a quick, exciting read, made more so by Dr. Atwell's elaborate narrative subtly woven between the stories.Supernatural and paranormal encounters. Deranged murders and master assassins. Mad experiments and profane rites... Delve into these mysteries and join the hunt to discover the truth.    Praise for Shadow on the Stairs:    "This book is filled with quick and easy-to-read horror stories that pack a punch." ★★★★★ Review "Blair has the incredible ability to weave the most mundane passing thoughts into creepy nightmares. She does this without evocative shock and gore and instead builds imagery and cadence that lead you there. She manages to build a world of existential dread that is not too unlike our own and doesn't waste time." ★★★★★ Review "I devoured it in a day and a half. Blair's writing is in that perfect Goldilocks zone where it's accessible and easy to read but not dumbed-down or too simple. I got chills more than once reading this!"  ★★★★★ Review Read now to see the full-page illustrations.  Exquisite original illustrations from the author make this collection truly unique.   About Haunted House Publishing:  We're passionate about publishing horror stories for adults, scary books for teens, and all sorts of dark fiction. We've got new horror kindle books every month, specializing in supernatural stories, supernatural book collections, and paranormal books for adults. We've got zombie books, demonic horror, ghosts and specters, angels and demons, gothic novels, and haunted houses and ghosts novels. We promise some of the top horror books 2018. 


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How will you die?  Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself.   He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. How will you die?  Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself.   He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. Each bite-sized page turner is a quick, exciting read, made more so by Dr. Atwell's elaborate narrative subtly woven between the stories.Supernatural and paranormal encounters. Deranged murders and master assassins. Mad experiments and profane rites... Delve into these mysteries and join the hunt to discover the truth.    Praise for Shadow on the Stairs:    "This book is filled with quick and easy-to-read horror stories that pack a punch." ★★★★★ Review "Blair has the incredible ability to weave the most mundane passing thoughts into creepy nightmares. She does this without evocative shock and gore and instead builds imagery and cadence that lead you there. She manages to build a world of existential dread that is not too unlike our own and doesn't waste time." ★★★★★ Review "I devoured it in a day and a half. Blair's writing is in that perfect Goldilocks zone where it's accessible and easy to read but not dumbed-down or too simple. I got chills more than once reading this!"  ★★★★★ Review Read now to see the full-page illustrations.  Exquisite original illustrations from the author make this collection truly unique.   About Haunted House Publishing:  We're passionate about publishing horror stories for adults, scary books for teens, and all sorts of dark fiction. We've got new horror kindle books every month, specializing in supernatural stories, supernatural book collections, and paranormal books for adults. We've got zombie books, demonic horror, ghosts and specters, angels and demons, gothic novels, and haunted houses and ghosts novels. We promise some of the top horror books 2018. 

30 review for Shadow on the Stairs: Urban Mysteries and Horror Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Em (iforgotsalt)

    I originally came across Daniels's work several years ago on the r/nosleep Reddit forums, and liked whatever story I had found enough to add the paperback edition of this short story collection to my Amazon wishlist. Now, two years later, I've finally set down to read it--and oh, boy. This is objectively bad. It really pains me to write that about a small-time creator, but there is almost nothing positive that I can say about this entire collection, even after reading all 311 pages and 61 storie I originally came across Daniels's work several years ago on the r/nosleep Reddit forums, and liked whatever story I had found enough to add the paperback edition of this short story collection to my Amazon wishlist. Now, two years later, I've finally set down to read it--and oh, boy. This is objectively bad. It really pains me to write that about a small-time creator, but there is almost nothing positive that I can say about this entire collection, even after reading all 311 pages and 61 stories. Each short story only averages about three pages, and the miniscule length barely gives the reader time to grasp what's happening, let alone feel any kind of emotional attachment when the "twist" inevitably pops up in the last line or two of each chapter. Most of the stories are either too cheesy to take seriously, too uninteresting to care about, or too baffling to even understand. Several genuinely felt unfinished, as though Daniels sat down at her computer with an idea but never wrote past the first few paragraphs, and there were a handful of stories that had almost identical setups and payoffs, leading to a strange sense of deja vu every time the "big reveal" involved (view spoiler)[a stalker and/or ex-boyfriend (hide spoiler)] . Unfortunately, this incomprehensible mixture of repeated plots, overused premises (looking at you, the-call-was-coming-from-inside-the-house, creepy-ax-wielding-guy-in-the-woods, and there's-someone-looking-back-at-you-through-the-door-peephole), and half-finished stories cheapens the few decent ideas that did seem to make it into the book, but even those are still full of issues. The stories that do have some kind of narrative are riddled with leaps in logic (I lost count of how many times a character ran screaming from something completely mundane in order to "build tension" quickly), absurd dialogue and narration ("Yeah, we're not like other girls. We listen to ACDC, Kansas, and Styx, not prissy little pop stars like Taylor Swift" [175] has to be a joke, because if it's not I might have to retract any good thing I say about this book on principle), unresearched elements that pull you out of the narrative entirely (the entire premise of "I Answered A Payphone" hinges on a world where *69 apparently didn't exist in the 2000s), and--worst of all--completely preventable formatting and grammatical mistakes. For every story that I didn't find honestly god-awful, there were five that I did... and two more that were completely nonsensical. And, if I ever have to read an italicized Thump! again in my life, I think I might just die. The worst offenders were the "connected" stories about (view spoiler)[Switchblade, Dr. Atwell, the clones, and the "How Will You Die?" app (hide spoiler)] , all of which were terrible on their own and worse when strung together. The through-line of the book was so poorly constructed that I had to reread "The Visit to Dr. Atwell" twice just to pick up on all the thrown-together elements from the rest of the collection. Nothing made even the slightest bit of sense ((view spoiler)[especially the absurd there-was-a-bomb-the-whole-time ending (hide spoiler)] ) and I honestly believe that a majority of the collection was written without an overarching narrative in mind, with the final two stories written (and a few minor edits to others made) at the last moment as some kind of hook to drum up book sales. I could go on, but that seems unfair at this point--this is a terrible collection of stories and I absolutely do not recommend it. If you do plan to pick it up, however, don't waste your time reading most of what's included. The best of the bunch (although keep in mind how low the bar for "best" is at this point) are: "The Hitman With A Heart" (not horror), "I Fell Asleep On The Subway" (not horror), "The Cornfield" (not horror), "Shadow On The Stairs" (horror), "The Baby Kicked" (horror; the best story of the whole collection), "My Library Has A Secret Basement" (horror), and "My Bath Was Not Relaxing" (horror). I am being generous, here--if I ever decided to re-read this book, I might shorten that list even further. The fact that only seven out of sixty-one stories in this entire collection are even worth the time it takes to read them speaks for itself. 2/5 for being awful but not "problematic".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faizah Mahfuz

    Enjoyed this book a lot. Some of the stories at first glance don't seem connected but in the end it made sense all together. Enjoyed this book a lot. Some of the stories at first glance don't seem connected but in the end it made sense all together.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Milos Korenev

    Let's say 2.5 stars. A pity, really: the collection strings together ideas ranging from decent to good, but all suspense and enjoyment are sucked out of each individual story by glaring incongruities, which poor (or nonexistent) editing has failed to smoothe out. All too soon, frustration takes over interest, leaving the best concepts and the most solid narrative choices (e.g., the ironic/humorous undercurrent that runs through the Switchblade saga) dismally underappreciated. Let's say 2.5 stars. A pity, really: the collection strings together ideas ranging from decent to good, but all suspense and enjoyment are sucked out of each individual story by glaring incongruities, which poor (or nonexistent) editing has failed to smoothe out. All too soon, frustration takes over interest, leaving the best concepts and the most solid narrative choices (e.g., the ironic/humorous undercurrent that runs through the Switchblade saga) dismally underappreciated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    What I really, really liked about this book is how the author slowly leads us into a world of darkness through creepy imagery and her powerful prose. This is a book for those who want their chills come from intelligent foreshadowing and not unnecessary shock or gore. As in any anthology, some stories are better than others, but all in all, this is a fantastic read. I got this book for free, and this is my honest and voluntary review

  5. 5 out of 5

    C.J

    I really liked this book, most especially the Shadow on the stairs story, I couldn't wait to get to that one. The cover of the book kind of freaked me out at night, each time I went to my iBook, I always closed my eyes so I wouldn't have to look at the cover lol. I also liked the fact that in the mist of random stories some of the stories within were connected, and it made it all the more interesting. I really liked this book, most especially the Shadow on the stairs story, I couldn't wait to get to that one. The cover of the book kind of freaked me out at night, each time I went to my iBook, I always closed my eyes so I wouldn't have to look at the cover lol. I also liked the fact that in the mist of random stories some of the stories within were connected, and it made it all the more interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert F

    Good not great If you read to the very end most of the random stories come together which i liked. Some of the short atories were good. Some were ok. Some made me roll my eyes. This is a good book to read when you cant find a new series or author to get into quite yet and you med to kill time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maurício da Fonte Filho

    A qualidade das histórias variou bastante, mas, em geral, senti que muitas poderiam ter sido melhor desenvolvidas. Fiquei com a impressão de que algumas simplesmente acabavam de repente. Algumas histórias têm uma ligação, e se passam no mesmo universo, ponto positivo para isso. No geral, gostei das seguintes histórias: The Streetlamp, The Mural in the Nursery, My Library has a Secret Basement.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fatimah Gunn

    Awesome Read I usually don't read short stories because I like to be immersed in a book. But I am so glad I took a chance on this collection. This author has a brilliant mind and every story was connected but definitely unique in its own right. Please do not hesitate to read this book!!!!!! Awesome Read I usually don't read short stories because I like to be immersed in a book. But I am so glad I took a chance on this collection. This author has a brilliant mind and every story was connected but definitely unique in its own right. Please do not hesitate to read this book!!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Excellent follow up to the first book I love how this book answers some, but not all of the lingering questions from the first book. Perfect creepy, keep you looking over your shoulder kind of read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Kapner

    Great collection of horror stories. I love how unique feeling each of these stories are. It's a challenge to capture interest and tell a complete story in short stories, I think, especially in horror and this author does a terrific job! Great collection of horror stories. I love how unique feeling each of these stories are. It's a challenge to capture interest and tell a complete story in short stories, I think, especially in horror and this author does a terrific job!

  11. 4 out of 5

    cheryl mills

    Good read. Great short stories that intertwine together. Loved reading before falling asleep. You will find it interesting how she pieced all stories into one. Now to find more of her writing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Murphy

    Definitely a buy I started reading Dont Scream 1 and 2 and was instantly hooked. Wanting more I picked this one up and I now I'm unsure which one I like the most. I love the mix of every day fears tied into these horror stories and how they are wrapped up at the end to explain all the weird individual stories. If I could give it 10 stars I would! Definitely a buy I started reading Dont Scream 1 and 2 and was instantly hooked. Wanting more I picked this one up and I now I'm unsure which one I like the most. I love the mix of every day fears tied into these horror stories and how they are wrapped up at the end to explain all the weird individual stories. If I could give it 10 stars I would!

  13. 5 out of 5

    BookzBookzBookz

    Pretty. Oil but missing a few things. RTC

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Love short horror stories

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Enjoy this book I really enjoy reading the stories in this book. Will buy more books by Blair Daniels enjoy the way the stories was in this book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jean Nuss

    Same Stories in Multiple Books Lots of cute stories but many of the stories I read in other compilations. Seems like sort of a scam to repackage stories over and over.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tanya W

    I started out really enjoying this book, but unfortunately it started going downhill when I was about 40% in & it couldn't keep me entertained anymore. I started out really enjoying this book, but unfortunately it started going downhill when I was about 40% in & it couldn't keep me entertained anymore.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tikiya

    This was good This was a good book. I like how the stories ended up tying together to the end. I couldn’t stop reading once I got started

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    What an amazing collection of scary and suspenseful stories. Perfect for reading at night if you wish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ANTOIN RODDY

    Great horror stories I liked a lot of the stories and they had me kinda spooked. Some made me scratch my head in confusion but overall I would give it a 8.9 out of ten.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber Terry

    Love Blair Daniels.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hester

    This book is total and complete garbage, okay, that's not always a bad thing, and was a waste of my time and a waste of yours too. This book is total and complete garbage, okay, that's not always a bad thing, and was a waste of my time and a waste of yours too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rikke Petersen

    I loved this, steady quality of stories. Some really creepy, some weird and some had a great twist. But all of the stories entertained me. Absolutely recommended for a little light christmas reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. Shadow on the Stairs’ by Blair Daniels ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on November 26, 2018 Read with Kindle Unlimited Subscription FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $3.99 in Paperback | $13.99 in Paperback | $17.49 on Audiobook BOOK DESCRIPTION: Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself. He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to brin Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. Shadow on the Stairs’ by Blair Daniels ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on November 26, 2018 Read with Kindle Unlimited Subscription FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $3.99 in Paperback | $13.99 in Paperback | $17.49 on Audiobook BOOK DESCRIPTION: Dr. Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself. He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. Each bite-sized page turner is a quick, exciting read, made more so by Dr. Atwell's elaborate narrative subtly woven between the stories. Supernatural and paranormal encounters. Deranged murders and master assassins. Mad experiments and profane rites... Delve into these mysteries and join the hunt to discover the truth. MY REVIEW: Blair Daniels is one of my favorite NoSleep authors, so I knew I would love this collection. Her writing never disappoints. I loved how these stories are weaved together with the larger Dr. Atwell narrative. I love a good short story collection, but linking them together with a higher narrative makes the collection almost feel like a novel. It’s an interesting and entertaining take. Daniels’ brand of horror is my favorite sort. She doesn’t rely on shock value or gore for the scare. Instead, she takes regular, everyday situations and spins them into something deeply terrifying. These stories are easy and fun to read. They’ll keep you gripping your Kindle (or however you read) with white knuckles right up until the surprising end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roxann Depee

  26. 5 out of 5

    MARYBETH THOMPSON

  27. 4 out of 5

    TaylorMarie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Lawsure

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carla Taylor

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