Julie Kusma shows us the brilliant spectacle of her mind in this collection of stories. The book starts with pixelated mischief in the story “Stuck That Way.” Perhaps if I slow down my energy, I will float into the heavens—hmm, it’s worth try. In the next story, “Something Lurking,” we find ourselves shapeshifting rather than pixelating. I’m not sure what is scarier, becoming sentient, or losing one’s self to a voracious inner animal.

But, if you think pixelating and shapeshifting is scary, try not to piss off your neighbor like those in the story “By Induction.” If you do piss off your neighbor, you might find yourself in a jar of trouble—trying to stay alive. And, don’t get me started on the proverbial “mother-in-law” gift—you know the gifts that are meant to send a sarcastic message? In “That’s Creepy Santa,” you’ll never look at those majestic Santa dolls the same. It may induce a nightmare of evil.

Speaking of evil, it’s time for school. Do you play it safe or play it stubbornly? The next story, “Relevant Evidence,” reminds us of the evil that is creeping behind dark corners. Lastly, the story “Devilish Game” is a devilishly delightful war between two families; good & evil, light & dark, and the right to be free from banishment to furniture.

Do you like roller coasters? If you do, this is the book for you. If you don’t, not to worry, you’ll wake up from the nightmare eventually. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088JT34CT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The Toilet Zone is a masterpiece of gore and gruesomeness. If you are looking for a plate of cannibalism, angry demons, and murderous bouts of anti-social experiences, this is the book for you. The variety of stories seems endless. The title alone draws you in and makes you wonder what kind of zone belongs in a toilet. Read, and you will find out. From start to finish, you will find yourself checking your pulse to make sure you are still alive.

There are a few obvious grammar and spelling issues that the editor in me noticed. But, they didn’t distract from the entertaining and brilliant themes each author presented.

At the end of each story, you read a prompt telling you, “Now wash your hands.” Brilliant! What happens if you don’t wash your hands? I’m not telling. You’ll have to read the book and find out on your own. Now, let me check my guts to make sure they’re still there…or are they dripping out of the gaping hole? https://www.amazon.com/Toilet-Zone-collection-short-horror-ebook/dp/B07W8B7JWW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Toilet+Zone&qid=1592755214&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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