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review 2017-03-09 22:30
All Souls' Night by Hugh Walpole
All Souls' Night - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Sir Hugh Walpole

 

All Souls' Night is an excellent collection of stories, originally published back in the 1930's. I listened to the audio version, narrated by the outstanding Matt Godfrey.

 

Not all of these tales were dark fiction or ghost stories, but-of course, those were my favorites. The ones that I enjoyed most were found right at the beginning, namely:

 

The Whistle I love tales about dogs and people that don't care for them. Dogs always know.

 

The Silver Mask Nothing outright horrific, really, but most definitely unsettling and surprising.

 

The Staircase Easily my favorite story in this collection. Featuring extremely keen insights into human behavior, (that stand up, even to this day), as viewed and acted upon, by the house itself. This one blew me away.

 

Lastly:

 

Lilac I thought this was going to be one kind of story, but it didn't go the way I thought it would at all.

 

As I said above, I listened to the audio of this book and I thought the narrator did a great job of bringing these tales alive. I could easily picture everything going on and the English accent was appropriate for the time and age in which the stories were set.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. If you decide to try it out, don't expect all of the stories to be macabre, or to involve the supernatural. These tales vary widely, but all of them feature startling insights into the nature of humanity, and they are still true today.

 

Highly recommended, especially the audio version!

 

You can get your copy here: All Souls' Night (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

 

*I was provided this audio book free of charge from the narrator, (through Audio Boom!) in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it. Thanks to you both for the opportunity!*

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text 2017-03-02 21:00
I've listened to 20% of All Souls Night and...
All Souls' Night - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Sir Hugh Walpole

 

this book is phenomenal so far! Even though it was originally published in the 1930's, I'm not finding the stories to feel dated. I especially liked "The Staircase" and "The Silver Mask" and I am looking forward to listening to more today. Plus, the narration is absolutely perfect, which is great because I've ditched my last two audios due to narrators that just weren't working for me. 

 

I wish real life responsibilities and, you know, people,would go away and leave me to listen in peace. 

 

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text 2017-03-01 01:22
Not so scary..
Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses - G. Stewart

Short overview of the castles and houses that line the Scottish countryside that have some sort of legends attached to them. More history than anything else is given in this book. This would be a great starting point for anyone wanting to delve deeper into the history on some of the houses and their occupants. There seem to be quite a few good stories that are lurking, but the author did not take the time to delve into them on a deeper setting.

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review 2016-11-11 16:03
A Taste of Fear by Andrew Lennon, featuring Georgia Lennon
A Taste of Fear: A Collection of Short Horror Stories - Georgia Lennon,Andrew Lennon

A Taste of Fear is an above average collection written by Andrew Lennon, except for the last three pieces which were written by Andrew's young daughter, Georgia.

 

The stories I enjoyed most were: Bite I always enjoy an a nice end of the world prepper story, and this one is a doozy!

 

Apartment 2B is probably my favorite of the bunch. A butcher/taxidermist discovers his wife cheating on him. You just know what follows has to be bloody!

 

Killing Christmas I understood the protagonist so well in this tale of the tiring commercialism that the holiday brings. I probably wouldn't go this far, but I sure have thought about it and I bet you have too.

 

Silent Scream I admit to a fondness for tales set in the woods while camping. This one has a neat little twist to it that I very much enjoyed.

 

I've been reading the work of Andrew Lennon for a couple of years now, and it is my belief that he is an author to watch. His writing continuously improves and I believe that this is his best endeavor yet. I'll be keeping an eye on you, Mr. Lennon. (You too, Georgia!)

 

You can get your copy here: A Taste of Fear: A Collection of Short Horror Stories

 

*I was provided a free e-copy of this collection in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2016-10-13 10:02
Bingo!!! Finally :p
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell

 

 

Yay! I finally did it! Bingo baby! Just finished the Halloween bingo with my last read of "Slade House By David Mitchell"

 

Straight off the bat, I chose this because I felt it fitted into Magical Realism theme and I'm proper I glad I did as it fitted the theme perfectly. Slade house is a Strange little tale of Occult mystery that to me felt very sort of Aleister Crowley kind of vibe.

 

I became disheartened with it after a few chapters sadly due to the fact it became repetitive it was the same tale over and over and left me with the feeling off well when is someone going to break this circle and when the action is really going to start?!

 

It's a strange little tale. But one I think if it wasn't so repetitive it would stay with me, but sadly, I know it won't.

 

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