Tarot of Hate, by Antonio Simon, Jr.

Tarot of Hate, by Antonio Simon, Jr book coverGenre:  Horror
Publisher:  Darkwater Syndicate
Published: 2017
Reviewer Rating: four stars
Reviewer:  David L. Felts

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In Tarot of Hate, Antonio Simon, Jr., serves up a tasty smörgåsbord of eight horror tales, spanning sub-genres from the surreal to the too-real.

Table of Contents

  • Dogfaced Eve – a man trapped on an island battles an half-human, half-animal female with an insatiable appetite.
  • Toll Road – a professional kidnapper gets more than he bargained for when his latest abduction leads to supernatural encounters on the Florida Turnpike.
  • Fifteen Dollars’ Guilt – after a brush with death in a steamship disaster, two strangers inadvertently set in motion the assassination of President Garfield.
  • No Thanks – a meek employee takes his revenge in the workplace, operating under the assumption that he can dispel consequences with his newly discovered”superpower”.
  • Red Airwaves – during the cold war, a man decodes signals broadcast over a shortwave radio station that expose the potential disaster of a global nuclear war.
  • Hunter, Hunted – the production crew of a reality TV production a la To catch a Predator ends up with a vengeful visitor who brings more than they can handle.
  • Lilith – a hermit’s life is disrupted by a mysterious woman in his camp.
  • Water, Ice, And Vice – a wish-granting fridge offers Jeremy whatever he wants , which he uses to exact bloody vengeance on his obnoxious roommate.

All of the stories were entertaining, some more than others. My favorites where Fifteen Dollars’ Guilt (although the “reveal” at the end was a disappointment), No Thanks, and Hunter, Hunted.

If you’re looking for some horror that occasionally pushes the boundaries of gore and good taste, you’ll probably find something to like in Tarot of hate.

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