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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.
Don't read this anthology alone in the dark in a strange place unless you want nightmares! This is a very excellent anthology with award winning magicians of spook! Each story draws on different aspects of spiritualism, making each story unique I have such a weakness for ghost stories and this collection was a delight to read. Fans of scary ghost stories and supernatural horror are in for a treat with this anthology!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
There is no Death, There are No Dead delivers on its promise of spiritualist stories. Each story is haunting, chilling and macabre in their own way. I enjoyed reading each one, discovering a fresh perspective on ghosts, and possession and all of things that may wander in-between. Each story will stick with you long after it is read and will make you ponder what all may lie in that realm just beyond our own.
My absolute favorite in this was “The Bone Eater” by Lee Murray. I found this story to be tragic, heartbreaking, beautiful and chilling to the bone. No pun intended. It is too short to say much, the title says enough and no, it will not be what you think. It will be more.
Another stand out was “The One Word I Can’t Say,” written by S. P. Miskowski. Grief and ghosts take over the life of one young woman, who only wishes for peace. It all comes down to one word. Haunting, and sad, my heart hoped for her peace even as much as I wondered if she would, or could, obtain it.
“A Feather for Mrs. Edmond” by David Demchuk brings a sad housewife to a talented young boy with psychic gifts. She seeks solace, and more from her loved ones on the other side. The young psychic delivers more than a word, much to the shock of the grieving widow, and his young aunt that serves as his care-taker.
Several others stood out for me, including “The Happy Medium” by Helen Marshall, the Poe-esque “The Marble Lily” by Kathe Koja and “Meeting Katie King” by Lisa Morton.
This is a beautiful anthology to grace your shelf, full of beautifully written stories that deal with death, life, and loss in a wide variety of manners. Four solid gold stars for There is No Death, There are No Dead.
An anthology of fourteen stories, each stunning, inspired by the Spiritualism Movement of the latter 19th Century. I say "stunning, " because each one contains the metaphorical impact of a sledgehammer to the soul. After each I had to pause to ponder, and each story of course has taken up residence in my head. Open your mind to these fourteen acclaimed authors, and witness your imagination expand.
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Another great anthology. This is the perfect book to read as the nights are starting to get longer. It definitely will have you checking g all the little creaks and groans in your house. I particularly enjoyed the tale by Gemma Files. Read this book!
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The anthology contains stories of the dead and those who experience (and love?) them in impressively wide-ranging geographical and temporal settings - around the globe and across centuries into our Covid era.
Several characters are fully enough presented to be protagonists in series of their own. I enjoyed every story.