Top positive review
Perfect reading for the spooky season!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
This is a great collection of stories, with Lovecraftian themes, all centering on my favorite holiday (which also happens to be my birthday), Halloween! These are all outstanding stories, so it's hard to pick a few favorites. However, I must say that "Uncle's in the Treetops" by Darrel Schweitzer is one of the creepiest stories I've ever read. "Down Into Silence" by Storm Constantine has a haunting, macabre beauty about it. "The War on Halloween" by Cody Goodfellow is delightfully twisted. "Hum -- Hurt You. Hum -- Hurt You. Hum -- Hurt You." by John Shirley is a brilliant sequel to Lovecraft's "From Beyond." "Cosmic Cola" by Lucy A. Snyder takes the theme of Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (my favorite Lovecraft story, by the way) and runs like hell with it. Those are a few of my favorites, but there is not one weak story in this book. Plus, it opens with Lovecraft's poem, "Hallowe'en in a Suburb." I would say that this is one of four books that you absolutely should read around Halloween time (the other three being THE OCTOBER COUNTRY, THE HALLOWEEN TREE, and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, all by Ray Bradbury. Very good company indeed!).