Top positive review
Terrifically fun, sometimes scary, almost always well written anthology of ghost stories.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 4, 2021
Spiritualism: a religious belief centering on communicating with the spirits of the dead, often through séances, particularly prevalent in the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. Each story in this anthology touches on that theme, sometimes more directly than others. It’s unusual for me to like almost every story in an anthology as much as I did the stories herein. There was only one I didn’t get on with, but I could still be pressed to say it’s probably well written. Standouts for me were Gemma Files’ “Haunt Me,” David Demchuk’s “A Feather for Mrs. Edmond,” Lisa Morton’s “Meeting Katie King,” and S.P. Miskowski’s “The One Word I Can’t Say.” I was exceedingly pleased the editors (Jess Landry and Aaron French) included a story (Lord) from the heyday of spiritualism so we could get a taste of how an author back then wrote a tale. This was a welcome and surprising touch. This is one anthology you want to pick up.
HAUNT ME by Gemma Files - 5 stars
THE HAPPY MEDIUM by Helen Marshall - 4 stars
THE MARBLE LILY by Kathe Koja- 4 stars
THE BONE EATER by Lee Murray - 4 stars
A FEATHER FOR MRS. EDMOND by David Demchuk - 4.5 stars
MEETING KATIE KING by Lisa Morton - 5 stars
THE MAD MONK OF THE MOTOR CITY by Gwendolyn Kiste - 4 stars
THE ONE WORD I CAN’T SAY by S.P. Miskowski - 5 stars
KNOCK THREE TIMES by Seanan McGuire - 2 stars
THE CURIOUS STORY OF SUSAN STYLES by Catherine Lord - 4.25 stars
TALITHA CUMI by Chesya Burke - 4 stars
TRUE LOVE WAITS by Nadia Bulkin - 4 stars
THE SHAPE OF HER SOUL by Michelle Belanger - 3.75 stars
AMERICAN REMAKE OF A JAPANESE GHOST STORY by Laird Barron - 4 stars.