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Graveyard Smash: Women of Horror Anthology Volume 2 (Kandisha Press Women Of Horror Anthology Series) Kindle Edition
#FRIGHTGIRLSUMMER recommended reading!
Featuring chilling tales from:
Michelle Renee Lane
Paula R.C. Readman
Edited by Jill Girardi
With foreword by Doc Holocausto (Evilspeak Magazine, Harvest Ritual, Creepy Crawls)
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- ASIN : B08MV8KR48
- Publisher : Kandisha Press (November 4, 2020)
- Publication date : November 4, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2471 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 231 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,013 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From the first story to the very last story, each one captivated me in different ways. While some resonated with me some didn’t. Though I loved them all. I will make a small comment about each story, because each one deserves a mention.
Holes - R.A. Busby
Knowing about the fear of holes, Trypophobia, gives way to a very interesting tale, that has been woven with the current virus, Covid-19. It gave an interesting take on the fear of holes combined with the virus. Eliciting fears for both from such a different approach.
Until There’s Nothing Left – J.A.W. McCarthy
The first thing that caught my attention with this story is the reference to Beetlejuice, because it is something I myself grew up with. I found myself thinking what it would be like to bring back the dead, to bring back a loved one. I kept reading and decided by the end of this tale that bringing back anyone from the grave wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore. This tale was well written, it kept me on the edge of my seat and I was thoroughly engrossed in it.
Two’s Company, Three’s A Shroud – Catherine McCarthy
I got a few chuckles out of this with how Stan’s character was very humorous. The things he was saying to Charles made for a good laugh. I liked the story for it gives way to the ole premise; of be careful for what you wish for.
Smash And Grab – Demi-Louise Blackburn
This one was an interesting take on grave robbing. I can’t divulge too much without spoiling it, so I’ll just say, great descriptions, good build of characters and a tale that has potential to be turned into a full novel.
The Clockmaker – Sonora Taylor
Nathaniel is someone I won’t be forgetting about anytime soon. Great story told in a way that leaves you wanting so much more. Great imagination by this writer. I won’t be visiting any cemeteries in the dead of night, not after reading this one.
Love You To Death – Yolanda Sfetsos
Action packed nicely in the underworld. Something you don’t read about at all, a truly unique story and one that held my attention from start to finish. I loved it.
Waiting At The Dance – Dona Fox
I found this one a little love story intertwined with some horror notions. Written well with good descriptions. I can’t say too much about it as it was one of the shortest stories amongst the others.
The Crumbling Grave – Cassidy Frost
Captivating story of second chances paying homage to horror that meets mystery. I found this particular one interesting and was hoping for more.
Cicada Song – Michelle Renee Lane
Another great story, I found it fascinating and humorous and it kept me on the edge, waiting to see what happens to Sadie and Anna. I won’t spoil what happens, you’ll have to read it yourself. You’ll be glad you did :)
Templo Mayor – V.Castro
I really enjoyed this one and would have loved to see a lot more of this being extended into a bigger book. Gabriel (Insert swear words) a great antagonist. There was a lot of detail and historic information given in this in such a way that it didn’t feel rushed or jammed in. I enjoyed this and will be checking this author out to see if she has any other stories.
The Child – Carmen Baca
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought about having such powers as Atla, in this brilliant story about Aztecs. This story would actually make a great Netflix series. I could see that through reading it, it had such an eeriness about it that left me wanting so much more.
The Roll Of The Dice – Beverley Lee
Powerful first chapter to this one. Followed by even more engaging chapters. Unexpected as well. A punchy story that keeps you interested from start to finish, spooky and yet divine at the same time. Masterfully written.
Rewake -Ellie Douglas
Gory and spooky rolled into one. Another story that would make a great Netflix series. I loved the descriptions, it made you feel like you were there. Great characters that felt very real. Superbly written. The monster will stay with you even when you close your eyes.
Graveyard Of The Lost – Tracy Fahey
I enjoyed this story and found the journal entries a good way to unveil the tale. Chasing after a particular cemetery like the protagonist does is not wise, but it wouldn’t be a story if he didn’t do that. I can’t say what happens, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The Snow Woman – Susan McCauley
Bringing back a 300 year old mummy can’t ever be a good thing. A short, shorter tale, but one that still holds great promise on causing goosebumps to scatter across one’s arms.
Night Of The Djinn – Ksenia Murray
A group of teenagers think they will get all the wishes they desire granted if they sacrifice one of the group. The Djinn is more intelligent than this group of teenagers and without spoiling it, nothing is as it seems.
Don’t Scream – (You’ll Wake The Dead) – Christy Aldridge
Don’t scream, a warning that is ignored, when it should have been listened to. Some goosey moments in this story. A good short story.
Thirty Questions – Dawn DeBraal
A lesson in morality shines through this story. Loud and clear. To free the spirit to leave the prison of the ‘in between’ it is who one has to do the right thing over that will make it difficult for the protagonist. I can’t give away the ending, you’ll have to read this one yourself. It’ll make you think.
The Chimes At Midnight – Paula R.C. Readman
Good story, revenge is sweet as they say, and true to that in this story.
The Invitation – Janine Pipe
I love how the author led us through the mysterious conversation she had with her parents via texting. It was ominous and suspenseful at the same time. The clues you get through the conversation by mother and daughter are explained when the story comes to an end. Thoroughly fascinating, and very well told. I’m sorry I can’t tell you much about this one without it ruining the plot. I want to see more from this author, so will be checking her out.
South Dakota – Lydia Prime
What lives beneath a frozen lake might just make you lose your lunch.
Atmosphere – Ally Peirse
This tale will cause a shiver to rise and fall upon your spine. Detailed descriptions of gruesome gore to tantalize the horror reader with carnage delight. A must read, it ticked all the boxes for me.
I give five stars to each author, all of the stories within this anthology held up high. Entertaining, engaging, exciting and fun for all true horror fans. I can’t wait to see Volume 3.
Reviewing an anthology is always tricky because some stories resonate more with the reader than others. All of these stories were engaging and well-written, but some did hit me harder. Every fan of the genre enjoys certain themes and tropes more than others. But just because a certain story wasn't for me doesn't mean it won't be 100% entertaining for another type of horror fan. Brava to all the ladies who contributed their thrilling and original stories! This would be an excellent read as Halloween approaches so pick it up as soon as possible.
Listed in the same order as the ToC:
“Holes” by R.A. Busby -- Tryptophobia, or the fear of holes, is something I'd long heard of but never really experienced. After this story, I totally get it. Holy hell, what a riveting and nail-biting tale of a woman's whose phobia surges out of control.
“Until There's Nothing Left” by J.A.W McCarthy -- A touching tale of sisters, one of whom has a startling gift . . . or is it a curse? No spoilers, but this tale was both creepy and absolutely heartbreaking. How far would any of us go to keep our loved ones with us, no matter the consequences?
“Two's Company, Three's a Shroud” by Catherine McCarthy -- I'm not sure if this was intended to be funny but I found myself laughing throughout. What an original tale, and the characters were an absolute delight. What happens if one's spirit is sentient, stuck sharing a grave with strangers to save space? Fans of The Odd Couple will love this one!
“Smash and Grab” by Demi Louise Blackburn -- A robbery gone very wrong. The consequences are dire when one steals from the dead.
“The Clockmaker” by Sonora Taylor -- Nathaniel the clockmaker is approached by a stranger for a special piece, a challenge he can't refuse. An chilling tale which reads like something from New England legend/folklore instead of fiction.
“Love You to Death” by Yolanda Sfetsos -- Everyone who knows me knows I will stop everything to devour any story featuring Hades and Persephone. I adored this tale, not just for featuring my favorite mythological couple but making me love a new one, Dea and San, who fight to save the Underworld from an unexpected threat.
“Waiting at the Dance” by Dona Fox -- A daughter is troubled by her mother’s new, vibrant social life. But Mom is intent on doing her own thing, having a valid reason for dancing every night in the graveyard.
“The Crumbling Grave” by Cassidy Frost -- Dane is homeless and stays in the graveyard. A lonely existence until he meets a troubled young woman who he’s moved to help. Will he find redemption for his past mistakes by protecting her?
“Cicada Song” by Michelle Renee Lane -- Not all sister stories are loving and sweet. Anna is fed up with her sister, Sadie, but what can one do? This tale of fierce sibling rivalry is not to be missed.
“Templo Mayor” by V. Castro -- A woman visits an underground Aztec temple in Mexico City, but the tour does not work out as planned. One should always take care when trying to summon a goddess, cause she just might answer!
“The Child” by Carmen Baca -- Wow, this story blew me away. Atla is the newest member in a family of powerful women, each gifted with magic through matrilineal descent. Her mother and grandmother attempt to teach her but will Atla listen and play by the rules, or will she make her own?
“The Roll of the Dice” by Beverly Lee -- The opening of this story will suck you right in. A young girl is chosen, but she did not choose. What will happen to this "miracle child" when the moment of truth arrives?
“Rewake” by Ellie Douglas -- Another story about the perils of grave robbing, A corpse breathes something nasty into Emma during one of the robberies, which begins to change her in this gruesome tale.
“Graveyard of the Lost” by Tracy Fahey -- An archaeology student travels to Ireland, hunting for a special graveyard at the foot of a grand castle. Despite tantalizing leads, the student struggles to get much from the locals. Maybe some mysteries are better left unsolved?
“The Snow Woman” by Susan McCauley – Egypt isn’t the only place with cursed mummies. In this awesome twist on a classic trope, a doctor receives a female mummy from Japan, sharing with his son the dark legend of the Queen of the Snow Spirits. But of course, the pair discover the legend is far more than just a story.
“Night of the Djinn” by Ksenia Murray -- What happens when a wild group of teens hangs out in the graveyard, watched over by a sardonic cat who decides it’s time to play? This story is gory as hell but also wicked fun!
“Don’t Scream” by Christy Aldridge -- A young man gets a job at the local graveyard, but he doesn’t realize until his first night what all he signed up for.
“Thirty Questions” by Dawn DeBraal -- Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when one never receives closure. A year after Tawny loses her cousin, Cheryl, she visits the graveyard with a Ouija board to find out what happened.
“The Chimes at Midnight” by Paula R.C. Readman -- This is gothic horror at its best. The ghost of a wronged woman returns to her home, delivering a message and more for the woman who now lives there.
“The Invitation” by Janine Pipe -- Amber gets an invitation to the exclusive Graveyard Smash party—yay! Will that cute boy be there? Will her parents be home in time to offer support and advice for this big night? Can’t say much more, but brace yourself for quite the surprise ending.
“South Dakota” by Lydia Prime -- A young girl enjoys hanging out at the frozen lake, making friends with a reflection of herself that seems a bit more real than just an image. Can she free the other girl, and finally have a chance at a real friendship?
“Atmosphere” by Ally Pierse -- Vicky has a chance to write a story on a popular beer while also hanging out with a cute guy all night. Should be fun, until she discovers the brewery’s dark secret.