Narrator: Al Twanmo, Alejandro Ruiz, Amanda Forstrom, Bradley Smith, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Chris Stinson, Christopher Walker, Colleen Delany, Dani Stoller, David Jourdan, Drew Kopas, Dylan Lynch, Eric Messner, Eva Wilhelm, Evan Casey, Harley Gordon, Jacob Yeh, Joe Mallon, Jonathon Church, Katy Carcuff, Ken Jackson, Kenyatta Rogers, Lolita Horne, Lynette Rathnam, Marni Penning, Marnie Penning, Matthew Bassett, Matthew Keenan, Matthew Schleigh, Michael Glenn, Michael John Casey, Nanette Savard, Nathanial Perry, Paul Reisman, Scott Graham, Scott McCormick, Terence Aselford, Tia Shearer, Tony Nam, Yasmin Tuazon, Zeke Alton
Published by Graphic Audio on 2018
Length: 5 hrs
Source: Publisher, Submitted
This compilation contains 3 fun horror short stories by Hunter Shea!
OPEN YOUR EYES WITH “X-RAY” VISION!
Put on a pair of “X-Ray” glasses and things will never look the same! These almost magical specs will make you the hit of the party! Astonishing three-dimensional X-Ray visions of what your friends—and girls—look like under their clothes! And all for just $1. After his son’s gives him a pair as a gift Martin Blackstone tries them on just for the hell of it—and all they do is give him a headache... Until he sees things he can’t possibly be seeing. Glimpses of things on the other side of a wall or beneath someone’s clothing. He wants to believe it’s just his overactive imagination but the “X-Ray” specs actually work. Then the fun novelty becomes a waking nightmare when the glasses burn into his face and he starts seeing horrifying apocalyptic visions no mortal man was ever meant to see. Images that alter his very personality—from a husband and father to a bloodthirsty homicidal maniac... Because sometimes you can see too much.
GROW AMAZING LIVE SEA SERPENTS!
It’s fun! It’s easy! They only cost $4.99. Just clip out the ad in your comic book. Then ask Mom to mail it in. A few weeks later, receive a packet of instant Sea Serpent dust. Then: Just add water... and watch them grow! Just ask David and Patrick. Their “instant pets” are instant duds. They don’t hatch, they don’t grow, they don’t do anything. So they dump them into the sewer where their Dads pours toxic chemicals... It’s been a couple days since David and Patrick thought about those Sea Serpents. But now, small animals are disappearing in the neighborhood. Strange slimy creatures are rising from the sewers. And once the screaming starts, David and Patrick realize that their childhood pets really did come to life. With a vengeance. They’re enormous... and have a ravenous hunger for human flesh...
YOUR MONEY BACK OR YOUR LIFE...
Protect America’s shores with your very own nuclear submarine! Constructed from durable fiberboard material, this submersible is large enough for two kids! Sail off into imaginative international intrigue for just $5.00! If this toy doesn’t float your boat, return it for a full refund! With her son’s heart set on piloting his own nuclear submarine, Rosemary Lanchester orders the craft advertised on the back of a comic book. What arrives is more sub-standard than submarine, but her son loves the cheap piece of cardboard. Until he and a friend nearly drown when they take the sub for a deep sea dive in the swimming pool. Enraged, Rosemary reports the toy’s manufacturer to the Better Business Bureau. The company’s customer service center retaliates with threatening phone calls. Then her son and husband mysteriously disappear. To save her family, Rosemary tracks down the company’s headquarters with the help of her brother—a survivalist with enough toys of his own to wage an all-out war. And she still wants her $5.00.
© 2017 Hunter Shea. Published by arrangement with Kensington Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved. ℗ 2018 The Cutting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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When Martins son gets a pair of x-ray specs from the back of a comic, he isn’t happy because he thinks it’s a waste of money. He takes them and tries them on, and gets a flash of something when he looks at his wife. It couldn’t be what he thinks it was, could it?? He tries them on again and slowly they start to work. He can see through walls and clothes. But when the glasses start fusing to his skin and he can’t get them off, that’s when things take a turn for the worst. He starts seeing things nobody should ever see. How can he take them off?
I’m sure we all would have wanted x-ray specs growing up, even though we knew they wouldn’t work!! It’s the fact that they might work is why people buy them. You can imagine getting a pair and they actually do work!! I’m sure most people would have worn them exactly as Martin did!! Though when you don’t have control over what you see, it would be hard to wear them at all! I’m sure there are some things you would want to see, and some you definitely don’t. It was fun reading and seeing Martins reactions to everything. But then the author has to go even further and throw in a twist and I was even shuddering with what he was seeing!! It was awesome!! Lol.
In all, this was a fun and gruesome novella and even though it’s a such a short read, it felt complete.
JUST ADD WATER
David and Patrick have always wanted one of those sea monkey things they see advertised in the back of their comics and are thrilled when they are able to get one. They follow the instructions (kind of) and wait to see what happens. When nothing but blobs that smell something fierce, are all they are left with, they flush them down the toilet. But the sea monkeys thrive in the dank and putrid sewers and come back hungry for flesh. It’s not until the boys see the things with their own eyes, and smell their stick that they realise these things are the sea monkeys they flushed. How can they stop them before it’s too late?
My son had one of those sea monkey aquariums that you can get in the toy shop when he was younger and even though we did follow the instructions, nothing happened. We threw the water down the drain and after reading this it definitely made me think!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and feel like it would make a great B movie kind of thing! I could totally see it on the sci-fy channel. I loved how they figured out how to fight the monsters and found myself laughing when I read it. Such a fun read.
In all, this was awesome and makes me excited to see where the author goes with the last one! We’ve had x-ray specs and sea monkeys, what’s next??
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
A nuclear submarine is what’s next!! Rosemary’s son has his heart set on the nuclear submarine that’s advertised in the back of his comic and she finally caves and gets it for him! He is thrilled when it arrives and she puts it together. Rosemary know’s it’s only cardboard thrash, but her son is happy and that’s all that matters. But when he decides to take it into the pool in his friends’ backyard and nearly drowns, Rosemary composes an angry letter to the company that made it looking for her money back and to the Better Business Bureau. But she starts to get weird phone calls saying she shouldn’t have done that, and she feels like she is being watched! It’s when her husband and son are kidnapped that things start getting worse. She has to find them at any cost and enlists her brother to help. What they find will change everything!!
This one was really fast-paced and intense. It also brought all three of the stories together which I loved. Rosemary was kick ass and was totally like “nobody messes with her family and gets away with it”!!! When there’s a money back guarantee, they better honour it or else 😉 The twist at the end was something I didn’t see coming, I had something else in my head that it could have been, so it was a surprise to see it ending that way. I want to say more but I’m not going to because it would be very easy to spoil!!
In all, this was another winner of a novella. It tied up questions that I had from the previous three and made me realise to never order things from the back of comics!!
I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these and it’s made me eager to check out more from this author. All three were really short reads, yet felt longer and like complete novels. I highly recommend these!
I listened to the Graphic Audio of this and while I really enjoyed it, there were a few things that did bother me. First things first, it’s my first foray into the Graphic Audio and I didn’t really know what to expect. They did play out like mini-movies in my head, which I did like, and the sound effects were awesome and added so much tension to the story and really brought it alive. My main complaint is the music that they use. It was too loud and made hearing some of the characters a strain. Also whoever read the main story had a very gravelly voice and it took a while to really like his tone. The other voice actors were great and easy to follow. Apart from the music, the production quality was good.
Cast of Optical Delusion:
Narrated by Scott McCormick with Scott Graham as Martin, Amanda Forstrom as Andrea, Matthew Keenan as Brian also with Paul Reisman, Chris Stinson, Dylan Lynch, KenYatta Rogers, Harley Gordon, Marnie Penning, Terence Aselford, Yasmin Tuazon, Jonathon Church, Zeke Alton and Al Twanmo.
Cast of Just Add Water:
Narrated by Scott McCormick with Alejandro Ruiz as David, Nathanial Perry as Patrick also with Lynette Rathnam, Eric Messner, Matthew Bassett, Michael Glenn, Jonathon Church, Matthew Schleigh, Joe Mallon, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Christopher Walker, Eva Wilhelm, Jacob Yeh, Lolita Horne, Zeke Alton, Dani Stoller, Michael John Casey and Tony Nam as Carl.
Cast of Money Back Guarantee:
Narrated by Scott McCormick with Colleen Delany as Rosemary, Evan Casey as Dwight, Michael John Casey as Gavin, Bradley Smith as Rob with Ken Jackson, Tia Shearer, Marni Penning, David Jourdan, Drew Kopas, Nanette Savard, Chris Stinson and Katy Carcuff.
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