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Warning! Read at your own risk! Studying shadow men can cause them to visit you! About this book: I'll never feel completely safe being home alone after I saw a shadow man for the first time. About this series: This is not just a horror novel or a true life story, it's also a game. I wanted to write out my real life supernatural experiences, but I also wanted to remain a Warning! Read at your own risk! Studying shadow men can cause them to visit you! About this book: I'll never feel completely safe being home alone after I saw a shadow man for the first time. About this series: This is not just a horror novel or a true life story, it's also a game. I wanted to write out my real life supernatural experiences, but I also wanted to remain anonymous, so I disguise my identity by writing two fake stories along with every real story I tell. It's your job to figure out which story is true and which ones are fake.


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Warning! Read at your own risk! Studying shadow men can cause them to visit you! About this book: I'll never feel completely safe being home alone after I saw a shadow man for the first time. About this series: This is not just a horror novel or a true life story, it's also a game. I wanted to write out my real life supernatural experiences, but I also wanted to remain a Warning! Read at your own risk! Studying shadow men can cause them to visit you! About this book: I'll never feel completely safe being home alone after I saw a shadow man for the first time. About this series: This is not just a horror novel or a true life story, it's also a game. I wanted to write out my real life supernatural experiences, but I also wanted to remain anonymous, so I disguise my identity by writing two fake stories along with every real story I tell. It's your job to figure out which story is true and which ones are fake.

30 review for True Scary Stories: Volume One - The Shadow Man: Real Horror Mystery With A Twist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arctic Flamingo

    Super short read, but it's intriguing. Perfect for a quick read before bed...(If you're up for it.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Injoy

    True Scary Stories, Volume One by Dark Mistress Aurora is a frightening compilation of short horror stories. I gave it almost four stars. Theme: The Shadow Man "You know how you think you see a man standing in your room because of the shadows and you get scared? Well, this wasn't like that. There was no mistaking what I was seeing. When you see a shadow man for real, it's not just a weird trick out of the corner of your eye. It's very clear and you're in shock." She felt his presence was one of t True Scary Stories, Volume One by Dark Mistress Aurora is a frightening compilation of short horror stories. I gave it almost four stars. Theme: The Shadow Man "You know how you think you see a man standing in your room because of the shadows and you get scared? Well, this wasn't like that. There was no mistaking what I was seeing. When you see a shadow man for real, it's not just a weird trick out of the corner of your eye. It's very clear and you're in shock." She felt his presence was one of tamed maliciousness that could change easily. He looked at her like she was about to be dissected like a lab rat. She thought it might be sleep paralysis when he disappeared but knew it wasn't since she was wide awake. I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/True-Scary-Sto...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ridiculously short Not really creepy & was very short. Glad I didn't buy it, was free. I don't even care which story was true. I blew through it in minutes. Wouldn't waste my time on it. Ridiculously short Not really creepy & was very short. Glad I didn't buy it, was free. I don't even care which story was true. I blew through it in minutes. Wouldn't waste my time on it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Silver Screen Videos

    If you read enough self-published and minimally published work on Amazon, you are likely to come across virtually anything, but perhaps the strangest thing (and the most bizarre premise) I've encountered is a collection of, well, something called "True Scary Stories," by an author with the pen name of Dark Mistress Aurora. The stories themselves are fairly familiar takes on a well-known urban legend known as the Shadow Man, but, thanks to the gimmicky premise that surrounds the stories, which ca If you read enough self-published and minimally published work on Amazon, you are likely to come across virtually anything, but perhaps the strangest thing (and the most bizarre premise) I've encountered is a collection of, well, something called "True Scary Stories," by an author with the pen name of Dark Mistress Aurora. The stories themselves are fairly familiar takes on a well-known urban legend known as the Shadow Man, but, thanks to the gimmicky premise that surrounds the stories, which can best be described as "Two Lies and a Truth," Aurora has turned this short book into something P.T. Barnum would be proud of. Actually, calling these three entries "stories" is somewhat of a stretch, since none of them are true short stories in the sense of a self-contained, dramatically complete work. Instead, they read like snippets or excerpts from a longer horror story, and, even by flash fiction standards, all three are very brief; the book, including introductory and concluding material, clocks in at under 15 pages total. All three stories describe the narrator’s encounter with a Shadow Man, a creepy, presumably supernatural creature that, although human in form, has no discernable features, but, rather, resembles a man-sized, three-dimensional shadow. The three stories in “True Scary Stories” have no real plot; instead, they simply describe the narrator’s rather predictable reaction to the encounters. Aurora can write, and her language is rather descriptive and evocative. These stories are rather creepy, especially if read under the right (or wrong) circumstances, but, frankly, their impact is diluted somewhat by reading the three substantially similar stories one right after the other. Although I’ve read similar fragmentary horror stories, these three stories individually are better than most I’ve come across on Amazon. What makes “True Scary Stories” stand apart from other similar tales is Aurora’s premise. The author insists that the stories are true—at least, one of them is. The author claims she really had an encounter with the Shadow Man, and, further, that she is some sort of supernatural lightning rod who seems to attract supernatural forces (she has written about these other encounters in later volumes in the series). She decided to share her encounters with the world as a cathartic experience, but, since she didn’t want to reveal too much about herself, she decided to cloak her identity, not just by using the pen name Dark Mistress Aurora but by adding two similar fictional encounters to her real life scary encounter so that no one will be able to identify her. And she has set up the book (and the other volumes of “True Scary Stories” she has written) as a game of sorts, in which readers are challenged to guess which of the three stories in the book is actually true. Aurora describes her premise at length in the book’s introduction, as well as on the book’s Amazon page and her own website as well. I give Aurora credit for, in pro wrestling terms, maintaining kayfabe, or sticking with her story consistently throughout not just this brief book but the entire Dark Mistress Aurora persona that I’ve been able to find. But maintaining kayfabe doesn’t make her persona entertaining or the underlying stories any more interesting. Instead, while the two-lies-and-a-truth gimmick makes her stories stand out from a lot of others for the novelty value of the gimmick, the entire venture seems to me to be rather pointless and silly other than as a marketing tool, although some of the other reviewers and some people who have left comments on her website apparently take her premise seriously. Judging “True Scary Stories” by the quality of its stories, I can give it a mild recommendation. Aurora is a decent writer, and the stories are a bit creepy, but the brief length and the repetitiveness militate against their effectiveness. In addition, while I can admire the “two lies” premise as a marketing tool, it detracted from the stories themselves as far as I was concerned. So, I would rate “True Scary Stories” at three stars, unless the idea of trying to figure out which of three made-up horror fragments is actually “true” appeals to you, in which case you’ll probably enjoy the book somewhat more than I did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Silver Screen Videos

    If you read enough self-published and minimally published work on Amazon, you are likely to come across virtually anything, but perhaps the strangest thing (and the most bizarre premise) I've encountered is a collection of, well, something called "True Scary Stories," by an author with the pen name of Dark Mistress Aurora. The stories themselves are fairly familiar takes on a well-known urban legend known as the Shadow Man, but, thanks to the gimmicky premise that surrounds the stories, which ca If you read enough self-published and minimally published work on Amazon, you are likely to come across virtually anything, but perhaps the strangest thing (and the most bizarre premise) I've encountered is a collection of, well, something called "True Scary Stories," by an author with the pen name of Dark Mistress Aurora. The stories themselves are fairly familiar takes on a well-known urban legend known as the Shadow Man, but, thanks to the gimmicky premise that surrounds the stories, which can best be described as "Two Lies and a Truth," Aurora has turned this short book into something P.T. Barnum would be proud of. Actually, calling these three entries "stories" is somewhat of a stretch, since none of them are true short stories in the sense of a self-contained, dramatically complete work. Instead, they read like snippets or excerpts from a longer horror story, and, even by flash fiction standards, all three are very brief; the book, including introductory and concluding material, clocks in at under 15 pages total. All three stories describe the narrator’s encounter with a Shadow Man, a creepy, presumably supernatural creature that, although human in form, has no discernable features, but, rather, resembles a man-sized, three-dimensional shadow. The three stories in “True Scary Stories” have no real plot; instead, they simply describe the narrator’s rather predictable reaction to the encounters. Aurora can write, and her language is rather descriptive and evocative. These stories are rather creepy, especially if read under the right (or wrong) circumstances, but, frankly, their impact is diluted somewhat by reading the three substantially similar stories one right after the other. Although I’ve read similar fragmentary horror stories, these three stories individually are better than most I’ve come across on Amazon. What makes “True Scary Stories” stand apart from other similar tales is Aurora’s premise. The author insists that the stories are true—at least, one of them is. The author claims she really had an encounter with the Shadow Man, and, further, that she is some sort of supernatural lightning rod who seems to attract supernatural forces (she has written about these other encounters in later volumes in the series). She decided to share her encounters with the world as a cathartic experience, but, since she didn’t want to reveal too much about herself, she decided to cloak her identity, not just by using the pen name Dark Mistress Aurora but by adding two similar fictional encounters to her real life scary encounter so that no one will be able to identify her. And she has set up the book (and the other volumes of “True Scary Stories” she has written) as a game of sorts, in which readers are challenged to guess which of the three stories in the book is actually true. Aurora describes her premise at length in the book’s introduction, as well as on the book’s Amazon page and her own website as well. I give Aurora credit for, in pro wrestling terms, maintaining kayfabe, or sticking with her story consistently throughout not just this brief book but the entire Dark Mistress Aurora persona that I’ve been able to find. But maintaining kayfabe doesn’t make her persona entertaining or the underlying stories any more interesting. Instead, while the two-lies-and-a-truth gimmick makes her stories stand out from a lot of others for the novelty value of the gimmick, the entire venture seems to me to be rather pointless and silly other than as a marketing tool, although some of the other reviewers and some people who have left comments on her website apparently take her premise seriously. Judging “True Scary Stories” by the quality of its stories, I can give it a mild recommendation. Aurora is a decent writer, and the stories are a bit creepy, but the brief length and the repetitiveness militate against their effectiveness. In addition, while I can admire the “two lies” premise as a marketing tool, it detracted from the stories themselves as far as I was concerned. So, I would rate “True Scary Stories” at three stars, unless the idea of trying to figure out which of three made-up horror fragments is actually “true” appeals to you, in which case you’ll probably enjoy the book somewhat more than I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I was already reading Of Metal and Wishes but for some reason I was just not in the mood to continue. I wanted to read a horror story. Luckily I had a few short stories saved on my Kindle so I started reading the first one I came across that was short enough to finsh in one night: this one. At only 15 pages it was not even a challenge to finish it well before bed time. Still, this book has three stories in it. Apparently 2 are fake and 1 is the real one. I don't really get this. Maybe you have to I was already reading Of Metal and Wishes but for some reason I was just not in the mood to continue. I wanted to read a horror story. Luckily I had a few short stories saved on my Kindle so I started reading the first one I came across that was short enough to finsh in one night: this one. At only 15 pages it was not even a challenge to finish it well before bed time. Still, this book has three stories in it. Apparently 2 are fake and 1 is the real one. I don't really get this. Maybe you have to be part of the entire experience by reading her other stories as well, but I definitely was not into it. Furthermore, the stories were so short you really didn't get any feel at all. Reading this 3 times didn't really make it any better. I don't get why the author published it in this form. I feel like she could have expanded on one of the stories (or even interweaved them all 3 in 1 story) than it would have been a much better read that would easily have been longer and more fleshed out than it was now. Now it just looked like an idea that just popped up and was immediately written down without it having been thouhgt about. Then again, maybe the whole one is real two are fake search does make it better for some who like this kind of guessing/searching game. As for me, I'm just glad it was a free download. Not worth the mony for me even if it had been just €1.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Dickerson

    It was alright! The first story with the woman who suffered from insomnia was okay, but the last two were pretty solid, definitely creepy and goosebump heavy. One thing’s for certain though, and I tell everyone the same thing whenever some creepy BS is going down, and/or there’s some red flags popping up. 1. If there IS something sketch going down, find the nearest window and jump out of it to escape. Preferably, make sure you’re at least 10 miles out before you’re truly safe. Bring an extra pai It was alright! The first story with the woman who suffered from insomnia was okay, but the last two were pretty solid, definitely creepy and goosebump heavy. One thing’s for certain though, and I tell everyone the same thing whenever some creepy BS is going down, and/or there’s some red flags popping up. 1. If there IS something sketch going down, find the nearest window and jump out of it to escape. Preferably, make sure you’re at least 10 miles out before you’re truly safe. Bring an extra pair of Adidas/running shoes. 2. Keep ALL doors, windows, and other entrances of your house on lockdown. Shutters and blinds closed, lights all the way on full blast. 3. Don’t go towards the sketchy BS, just stay home, watch a movie, read a book (wink), learn to play an instrument. Something, other than going towards the scary BS. Follow these rules, and you will live any and all paranormal encounters. But yeah, decent book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ahbet

    Creepy as all hell The stories are equally creepy & I know that if any of these happened to me I don't know what I would do. Basically, I wouldn't know whether to shit or go blind, as the saying goes. After reading this, I immediately went and bought volume 2. The fun part is that at the end of the book is a website that offers clues to help u try to figure out which story is true. The author admits that she will not divulge the true ones. This was a great scare & recommend it to people who not o Creepy as all hell The stories are equally creepy & I know that if any of these happened to me I don't know what I would do. Basically, I wouldn't know whether to shit or go blind, as the saying goes. After reading this, I immediately went and bought volume 2. The fun part is that at the end of the book is a website that offers clues to help u try to figure out which story is true. The author admits that she will not divulge the true ones. This was a great scare & recommend it to people who not only like horror,but also likes trying to solve the mystery of the real story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ERIN SCHMIDT

    I liked this short book containing three sketches, but they were creepy sketches and not full-fledged short stories. The author is obviously talented in choosing words and setting up a creepy tale, but I would have liked to see more plot and resolution. All that really happens in these is the protagonist gets scared by something creepy; she never really overcomes anything or has any kind of resolution. It leaves the reader with an eerie feeling, but it's more atmospheric than actual storytelling I liked this short book containing three sketches, but they were creepy sketches and not full-fledged short stories. The author is obviously talented in choosing words and setting up a creepy tale, but I would have liked to see more plot and resolution. All that really happens in these is the protagonist gets scared by something creepy; she never really overcomes anything or has any kind of resolution. It leaves the reader with an eerie feeling, but it's more atmospheric than actual storytelling. I would read more of this author if she wrote complete stories with plots that resolve.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miss Karin conlon

    Very creepy especially the last faith-based me feel I was there with the woman and her dog as the events unfolded -the way the story was told.brilliant. I chose to give a five star rating because it was a riveting read,and strange as I remember a similar experience like the one where a shadowy figure appeared i n my bedroom -just out of the corner of my eye,just out of direct first-hand happened only every now and then thankfully,when I was about 10,and then in my teens.then just suddenly stopped Very creepy especially the last faith-based me feel I was there with the woman and her dog as the events unfolded -the way the story was told.brilliant. I chose to give a five star rating because it was a riveting read,and strange as I remember a similar experience like the one where a shadowy figure appeared i n my bedroom -just out of the corner of my eye,just out of direct first-hand happened only every now and then thankfully,when I was about 10,and then in my teens.then just suddenly stopped.which I was glad of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    laura8759

    My Review for True Scary Stories volume one by Dark mistress aurora wow these stories were amazing I think the 3rd one is real because people see dead people years after they die my mom is 100% sure she saw my grandpa in shoprite even though he died in the 90's I love a good scary story I would recommend this story to my friends and family LAURA8759 .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Miller

    These stories are VERY short and not very "scary". I like the dark settings and the atmosphere is definitely unsettling but I wouldn't say I found them to be very frightening. I did like the aspect of there being one true and two fictional stories and the reader is supposed to guess which one is real. However I found myself wanting SOOO much more from this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Not as Advertised This is my favorite type of scary and probably has a fairly good chance that some of them are true. Actually, two are fake and only one is real. Stories means to me more than one. True means all are true, not "here's the same story, only one of which is true." I feel cheated. Plus, the language is simple. For a sixth grader simple.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A Roman

    A quick read but held my attention. I actually enjoyed her tales and will check for more from this author Good 👍 and definitely worth reading again. Quick and. scary almost like recounting things that we've experienced. Those things that go bump in the night.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Robertson

    I enjoyed this as a short story. This is something I would read around a campfire with a flashlight under my face to scare my friends. It didn't scare me like I was hoping for but it was interesting. I wasn't even sure which story was real. I'll be reading Vol. 2 very soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicollette Blackeagle

    Creep factor intensified I loved all three stories but if I had to guess I would say story 2. I love how descriptive and well written each story is. I can't wait to read the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Irene O'Brien

    Whose afraid of the dark? These stories are really scary, they certainly get your heart beating fast. I'm not sure which is the real one, but I would plump for story three since it really creeped me out. If you like scary stories, true or not, you will love this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luis&minxy Rodriguez

    Honestly In my point of view I gotta say story one was the real one To me it sounded more like a real life experience the other two sounded more like a story out of creative imagination. I like short stories though nice work Dark mistress!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie stoops

    I just didn't find it very scary. Kinda felt like a waste of time but to each their own. Wouldn't recommend just wasn't very long and there were no clues. Just wasn't interesting. But respect for writing it sorry I personally didn't enjoy it

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eg

    It was an easy 15 min read but didn't find it very scary or intriguing. There are ways how to make real mystery stories more interesting but these ones were lacking certain things. The introduction was more interesting, because of the language, e.g., certain people who attract darkness.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marie Gezille

    Too short, not scary. But I think the first story was the real one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Quite good. Not very scary but creepy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Elise

    Great Spooky Shorts!! I so enjoyed this!! Was able to finish in 20 mins - Read after my good friend recommended it :) I think Story 1 was the true one personally!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    This is a fun little collection. Not too scary, but still chilling. I also like the 'game' in it. I would have liked more of a scare factor in the tails and more thorough editing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dianna Lynn Otto

    True scary stories Was a good book but need to be longer and a little bit scarier.Cant wait to read the rest of the books

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colleen McAllister

    Not So Scary Stories Sorry, but all the little stories are written so poorly, and the supposed shadow man described so badly, that none of this seems real to me. Too bad.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TAMMY WRIGHT

    Ok book This was an ok book. I like extremely scary books. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook. Those type very scary. Those are m y favorite authors.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Lewter

    Shadow people are scary.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Harris

    Good stories, just wish there were more. I enjoyed the stories in this book. And while I wish there were more i would still recommend. Read it, if you dare. Mwahahahaha!

  30. 5 out of 5

    kelli

    I think story 1 is true Are ghosts real? What did the shadow man look like? Is it true your parents think you are crazy? Did the shadow man ever come back? Was it your imagination?

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