Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Reveiw On Amazon For Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls

 Our first review is up on Amazon for "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls." I know: everyone's saying two stars sucks. I don't think so. First of all, this reviewer was honest with his/her feelings. Second, she/he loved three of the stories. Those three authors should be pretty excited!

Personally, I love all the stories! The reviewer doesn't like gore. That's pretty obvious. No problem: a lot of readers do. Also, I don't feel a number of the other stories went nuts with gore. 

I read the reviewer's other reviews and find them to be honest. However, not everyone likes to read the same stories. Some of the books reviewed sounded like awesome reads. Others: not so. The gay book review would not have made me want to read it. It was ranked high by the reviewer, but the subject matter isn't to my liking. Don't get me wrong: I don't care if someone's gay or not; I would just prefer to get a dose of horror.

Notice also that 0 out of 2 found the review to be helpful.

Long story short? If great reviews come in, accept them humbly. If lesser reviews come in, we know they are honest if they deal with the actual stories. Some people review out of spite. This person did not.

Blaze still says his authors are Five Stars with him! I am proud of all of you!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror cliches abound in this collection..., October 24, 2011
This review is from: Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls (Kindle Edition)
Positives: There were a few stories that broke the mold in this collection. "Mr. Doll," by LosaMarie Lamb, is an interesting tale of a dollhouse collecting its latest addition... daddy! Claudia Lefeve steps into South and Central American legend with her tale of Worry Dolls gone very wrong in "Now I Lay Me down To Sleep." Ever really take a look at Barbie and Ken? In Sue Mydliak's story "The Mattel Nightmare," the beloved plastic dolls become a young woman's horror story! These three stories really shine in terms of plot, unique elements, and horror.

Negatives: Overall, the bulk of the collection falls back on the same old tired horror clichés. Gore is the mainstay, including graphic and stomach-turning torture scenes. There is little suspense in most of the tales and the plots serve as thin excuses for violence. With a theme as narrow as dolls, many of the stories sound too much alike as well. There is not a great deal of variety in possessed, demonic dolls. Once you've read about a doll chewing on a guy's intestines, it's run its course on the evil monster angle.

Summary: Save your money on this one and look for the three standouts in other collections at some point. Two Stars.


  1. I haven't read any of the stories in the collection, but I can understand where the reviewer is coming from in regards to thin plots to showcase gore. I ran into the gratuity & cliche with "Ruthless: An Extreme Shock Horror Collection" and found most of it neither extreme or shocking, but frightfully dull. I still haven't reviewed it. lol

  2. Obviously, great Five Star reviews are what every author wants, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. Not everyone goes for Brian Keen's extreme visuals and heady language, but I love most of what he writes. The "Ghoul" was especially great, I thought.

    The very cover of "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" shows what to expect. Gore is a definite part of many of the stories.

    Different strokes for different folks.

    I'm still proud of this tome and all the hard work that went into bringing it to life; authors and team members both.


  3. “The very cover of "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" shows what to expect. Gore is a definite part of many of the stories.” well said.
    If you are put off by gore or bloody horror and or need a highly justifiable or artistically justifiable reason for violence in your books or film, then it should be easy to tell this book isn’t for you.

    I am not really a gore hound but the idea of a doll disemboweling me is disturbing. IMO that’s what horror should attempt to be: scary and or disturbing. Having a vampire or a killer or a foggy London street doesn’t automatically make something horror. I could rant all day about the so called horror fans that don’t really like horror buts that’s getting off subject.
    I appreciate the honest review but I personally make a point not to review things that are not my taste.

    What I find odd is the reviewer broke it down by positives and negatives, and their positives seemed to outweigh the negatives and to me justify more stars.

  4. We certainly have an eclectic mix of stories in the anthology, S. Williams, and you are so right about the cover depicting the contents. I am very happy about the positives. You are spot on with that.

    Just to settle a few questions in my mind, I looked at reviews of some of Brian Keene's books that I love. One star to five stars. These are from his fans even. So everything is subjective. the important thing to me is that folks are reading our little masterpiece. Some of them are going to see gore and want to buy it. Okay with me! :D


  5. I just finished Demonic Dolls and left my review. I read books in numerous genres, therefore I know what to expect with horror. This anthology seriously had me thinking back to when I was a little girl and my dolls, staring at me in the darkness of my bedroom, used to scare the heck out of me! I found each and every story in here to be great, in a horiffic way. Great read, especially around Halloween...

  6. Thank you, Cindy! You are very kind. I also thought the stories to be unique in their own special way, each one different and capturing the elements of horror one might feel when those little doll eyes seem to follow you in your room. Lights out can mean "scares on."


  7. The only part of the review I take offense to is the part where the reviewer says that many of the stories were too much alike. I worked hard to be sure that the stories were different and unique, we even rejected stories that we thought were too close to other themes already included.

    But a review is a review- one person's opinion. Not everyone is going to like every book or every story. Either way- they're not only reading the book, their talking about it. That works for me.

    Congrats to Claudia, Sue and Lisamarie for the shout out the reviewer gave you! You all deserve it!



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