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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
ABCs of Horror by Anmol Rawat is a horror anthology packed with 26 short stories. The theme of ABCs of Horror is that each title represents a letter in the alphabet, a clever feat. Each short story features a different horror plot. A couple of the stories have some sort of lesson to be learned, like the title Bloody Mary. Other stories are either just macabre like Atheist or paranormal like the eleventh title, Killer Doll which is a slow burn of a story, but a solid one. ABCs of Horror is written like Goosebumps but for adults, or at least for a more mature audience due to graphic details and some strong language.
I can never get enough of horror anthologies. They showcase an author's creative range. Anmol Rawat has a wonderfully gory and morbid imagination, and that's absolutely key for a horror writer. Since horror is subjective I can't speak for every title in Rawat's ABCs of Horror, but personally, the story that stood out to me in his collection was Enter With Caution. This story revolves around a family of three. They head to an amusement park where they meet a strange boy who indirectly persuades them to go to a haunted house. The twist ending had me smiling. As a horror fan, I'm familiar with the sudden plot twists trope. The anticipation for the twist in Enter With Caution was worth the read. I implore other fans of horror to give Anmol Rawat's ABCs of Horror: 26 Terrifying Tales to Keep You Awake at Night a chance. Read it through; you might find something that'll make your spine tingle.