My overall impression This collection contains mostly moralistic Twilight Zone style stories with twist endings, a story template that is currently out of fashion That s not to say I didn t enjoy it, or that I don t like that sort of thing I do Also, I think the bulk of the stories could use a bit of polish for punctuation consistency, mainly , whereas others could use a bitwork However, I found them to be mostly well written and well edited.The strongest story in the collection is My overall impression This collection contains mostly moralistic Twilight Zone style stories with twist endings, a story template that is currently out of fashion That s not to say I didn t enjoy it, or that I don t like that sort of thing I do Also, I think the bulk of the stories could use a bit of polish for punctuation consistency, mainly , whereas others could use a bitwork However, I found them to be mostly well written and well edited.The strongest story in the collection is Kelly s Not Welcome Here Any First of all, let s get the comma issue out of the way.Yes, some sentences would have needed some commas But I ve read many self published books, and nobody seems to be taking commas seriously So commas don t make it on my list of deal breakers.But grammatical errors are a deal breaker, and this book doesn t really have any The language flows nicely, and it really took me with it at times I especially liked the descriptions of details in the scenes, which gave vividity and realism to the nar First of all, let s get the comma issue out of the way.Yes, some sentences would have needed some commas But I ve read many self published books, and nobody seems to be taking commas seriously So commas don t make it on my list of deal breakers.But grammatical errors are a deal breaker, and this book doesn t really have any The language flows nicely, and it really took me with it at times I especially liked the descriptions of details in the scenes, which gave vividity and realism to the narration I also enjoyed the seemingly effortless way in which the author communicates the emotions of her characters.I found all the stories strong and the twist endings unpredictable The book is short, and each story can be read in a couple of minutes, so I d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little bit of horror now and then Five dark tales Five protagonists wanting their lives back, to go living, but restrained by the s of society and experience five storms in jars that just want break and move on, but can t.Overall, this short collection is a wildly uneven affair, ranging from the less than interesting Other Beryl to the genuinely affecting Kimmy s Not Welcome Here Any The best of the lot is the aforementioned Kimmy a tale of teen angst and decisions we live to regret It strikes the right chord o Five dark tales Five protagonists wanting their lives back, to go living, but restrained by the s of society and experience five storms in jars that just want break and move on, but can t.Overall, this short collection is a wildly uneven affair, ranging from the less than interesting Other Beryl to the genuinely affecting Kimmy s Not Welcome Here Any The best of the lot is the aforementioned Kimmy a tale of teen angst and decisions we live to regret It strikes the right chord of familiarity coupled with unexpected hostility Smoke is a wonderfully evocative, but maddeningly elusive tale ofsomething I know I ll be reading it again Post puts a mild heart tug on a familiar tale Milton Hobbs and the Price of Serenity and Other Beryl are generic tales with foreseeable twist endings and are underwhelming.Still, I have to say I like Storms in Jar especially the title I think that this book would be perfect for people new to horror If you want to dip your toes into horror stories and have not been over exposed to horror in film and television, I think that this book is a great choice however, if you ve read and seen a bit, it will most probably be too light for you The stories were good and written quite well E J White knows how to spin a yarn and bring you into an interesting idea I found the characters to be developed enough for the stories and that I think that this book would be perfect for people new to horror If you want to dip your toes into horror stories and have not been over exposed to horror in film and television, I think that this book is a great choice however, if you ve read and seen a bit, it will most probably be too light for you The stories were good and written quite well E J White knows how to spin a yarn and bring you into an interesting idea I found the characters to be developed enough for the stories and that in general, the length of each story felt right to me There are some editing issues with a couple of misplaced words and punctuation, but nothing that distracted me from the stories I m going to note that for once, I found all the stories engaging It s virtually a rule of short story collections that at least a few stories won t appeal to the reader, but I thought that all the tales in this book were interesting and worth reading If I were reading this for my own pleasure, I would give it three stars, but I ve read a lot of horror and it s not this author s fault that I chose somethingsuited to newcomers to the genre Again, if you re new to horror, this is a great place to begin Highly recommended Every life knows times of darkness, but some know than mostIn Smoke we meet a lonely creature, with only its own hunger for companyMilton Hobbs and the Price of Serenity introduces us to an alcoholic looking to bargain, whatever the cost Kimmy s Not Welcome Here Any follows the journey of a childhood friendship turning sour amid the demons that lurk in shadowy corners of a grown up worldThese and other stories can be found in this dark collection of nightmarish talesDate of original release JulyDifferent cover