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Afraid Of The Shadows. Such an eclectic collection of short stories, all Halloween themed but all so very different.
A brilliant Halloween edition to add to the ‘Afraid of’ series A great collection of short stories perfect for the “spooky” season.
What a way to start an anthology of crime short stories than with one by the multi award winning author M.W.craven with his crime fighting duo Poe & Tilly, what a way to get a fix of these two whilst waiting for the next instalment of the series.
Where I was familiar with a handful of the authors within this collection it also introduced me some new ones too. One reason for loving a short story.
This collection includes a variety of writing styles, humorous, dark and compelling. Creepy and just ingenious.
So well put together and deserves to me awarded them full five stars. Plus all profits from the sale of these anthology’s goes to charity.
Most of these stories had a supernatural element, as you might expect. The Forgetful Wife was one of the few 'proper crime' stories, not invoking the occult. T E Kinsey's superb vampire story could have swung either way, written with the writer's trademark wit. When I Grow Up steered clear of fantasy with a family bonding revenge theme. The zombie story from a child's viewpoint was more amusing than scary. But many stories were worse than amateur. Like the story pivoting around a forgotten mobile phone. Who forgets their phone? It would be like forgetting your pacemaker nowadays! That story could have been called The Mystery of the Disappearing Hot Dog: it's poor writing when characters are handed things they no longer have a moment later! The second tattoo story was REALLY BAD: it reminded me of my attempt to read the obtusely unfathomable Altered Carbon: it was like sci-fi gone wrong mixed with The Purge. And surely the Moon's influence is gravitational, NOT magnetic! Meatpacking District was overdone, reminding me of material I've read in proper 'sick & vile' collections. But I discovered in it some new and interesting words; the writer has an exceptional vocabulary to go with their twisted mind. Clare Empson's story Ghosts Don't Cry was my favourite. Written with wit and emotional intelligence; succinct and satisfying wheat amongst much chaff. I intend to read more of her work.
Another great anthology from this writer's collective & the guest writer's who joined them for this book. I had pre-ordered this before I found out it was being serialised on the Pigeonhole after enjoying the previous two books on there. This collection didn't disappoint, every story was of a high caliber. They were a mix of creepy (as expected being the Halloween edition) and/or thought-provoking. Bonus that this anthology is for charity (Barnardo's) Highly recommended. With thanks to the authors and The Pigeonhole for the opportunity.
3.5 stars. A great read to get you in the mood for Halloween. A real mix of stories; some spooky and some that made me laugh a little. A few had more of YA feel about them. It is great to find a renage of authors and short stories all in one anthology and even better when profits feed into charity. #thepigeonholehq
I loved reading this eclectic collection of short stories. Although they're all Halloween themed, they're all so different, making for a fun and spooky read. It's packed with twists and turns, heartbreak and laughs - there's certainly a story in there for everyone. And the best part? All of the profits go to charity. Brilliant!
This collection never disappoints and has a wonderful array of stories with a Halloween or horror theme, ranging from funny to dark to creepy to ingenious. Full of star names and a delightful foreword by Peter James it is excellent value. And it's for charity!