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review 2018-09-04 18:45
Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories - Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Josh Malerman,Jason Parent,Evans Light

DOORBELLS AT DUSK: HALLOWEEN STORIES was an above average anthology that challenged me to take my time and savor the tales of Halloween mischief. I failed that challenge!


There are 14 spooky tales included within, and these were the ones that stood out the most for me:


KEEPING UP APPEARANCES by Jason Parent. I just adored this story of Halloween thieves picking the wrong house to burgle. I laughed out loud at the eyeball scenes. (Not sure what that says about me.)


VIGIL by Chad Lutzke. This wasn't a gross-out or even a very scary story. (Unless you're a parent.) It was poignant though, something Chad has mastered in his tales.


THE FRIENDLY MAN by Thomas Vaughn. I don't even know what to say. This story was so darkly macabre that even though what was happening was just AWFUL, I found myself gleefully turning the pages. This was my favorite story in the book. Well done!


OFFERINGS by Joanna Koch. I absolutely loved the concept and execution of this story. It's not complicated but it is MESSED UP. The take away? Don't escort any trick-or-treaters to your bathroom whilst others are briefly left unattended at your front door.


TRICK 'EM ALL by Adam Light. A disturbed and misguided (?) boy. A talking Jack O'Lantern. What could go wrong?


THE RYE-MOTHER by Curtis Lawson. This tale spoke to me more loudly once I finished this anthology, because it was unlike every other story and because it kept popping into my mind at weird times. It has staying power. (Also, I'm opting out of the corn maze this year.)


I had a great time with this anthology and liked almost all of the stories included within, which is pretty rare for me. Evans Light did a great job of bringing these authors together and the stories flowed well from one to the next. If you're looking for a great anthology to fill out your Halloween reading this year, make it DOORBELLS AT DUSK: HALLOWEEN STORIES. (Oh, and stay away from those corn mazes!)


Highly recommended!


*I received a paperback ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-10-22 00:37
Halloween Carnival, Volume Two - Brian James Freeman
Halloween Carnival Volume 2 - Glen Hirshberg,Lee Thomas,Holly Newstein,Del James,Brian James Freeman

With Halloween right around the corner, let's get right into this collection.



Mr. Dark's Carnival - Glen Hirshberg



A Montana ghost story thats got some nice creepiness. David is a college professor that teaches a class that explores folklore and his favorite part of the course is the folk tale of Mr. Dark's Carnival. For many years, it has been rumored that the mysterious carnival pops up in a rural setting and only a few select people get chosen to attend. David has never met anyone that has personally been to the carnival and doesn't believe it truly exists until he gets his ticket. A great ghost story that has a murky ending.



4 out of 5 stars



The Facts in the Case of My Sister - Lee Thomas



David's estranged sister, Joyce, is in the hospital from an "accident". The prognosis isn't good and David has doubts that her injuries were from an accident. When Joyce and he were kids, David taught himself how to do magic tricks from a book he got. Joyce was always his willing audience and participant. Now, David pulls out a trick from his past to learn what really happened to Joyce.



4 out of 5 stars



Mischief Night - Holly Newstein



Willard had a good life, a loving family and wife, and looked forward to his retirement. He was never a drinker after growing up with a nasty old drunk for a father. In what seemed like a harmless way to celebrate his retirement, the bottle grabs ahold of Willard and doesn't let go. On Mischief Night, Willard meets a troubled teen that stumbles into his basement. Can one man's bad decisions help alter the path the youngster is headed down?



4 out of 5 stars



The Ghost Maker - Del James



Halloween has it's own set of scares when you're a mob hit man. You have to be on your toes, even if you're the grim reaper. Great voice that makes for a fun read.



5 out of 5 stars



The Pumpkin Boy - Al Sarrantonio



Jody is a latchkey kid for half an hour every afternoon until his mom gets home. He knows he's not supposed to be outside and he follows that rule. Until, one day, he sees the Pumpkin Boy walking past his window and he can't believe his eyes. For police detective, Len Schneider, Jody's disappearance is bringing back old, haunted memories that he's been trying to lock away for 18 years. What started out as a promising novella, fell flat for me with the ending.



3 out of 5 stars



Overall, a nice little collection with mostly hits than misses. Well worth the time.



4 out of 5 stars

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review 2014-10-23 01:22
Halloween Stories
Halloween Stories: Spooky Short Stories for Kids - Uncle Amon

This book had some potential, but fell short. The stories were interesting, but they were more like chapters in a bunch of different books that were extracted and stuck into this book as short stories. There was no real ending or it just ended without any flair - I'm still not sure myself. There is no artwork, which left me confused because the book description on Amazon says it would be good for kids 5-12 and I can tell you now (as if you, with kids, don't already know): 5 year olds (heck, up to at least 7) are not going to pay attention to a bunch of words (in fact, they kept asking me where the pictures were and you could tell they weren't interested at all).


More Than Frightened - 2 1/2 stars
Haunted Friday Night - 3 stars
The Wicked Witch - 3 stars
The Spooky Pumpkin - 2 stars
The Black Cat - 3 stars
Halloween jokes - 2 1/2 stars

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review 2014-10-11 00:00
A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past
A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past - Lesley Pratt Bannatyne This book gives you insight into what Halloween was like in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Superstition and story-telling were a big part of everyday life back then. They style of writing has changed quite a bit over the years. So, while reading my favorite story, in this collection, (Ken's Mystery)I paid close attention to how the words were beautifully arranged. Reading these early writings is a good way to find out where our traditions come from. If you don't have a problem with reading classics and you like Halloween, then you'll (more than likely) like this book.
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review 2010-06-22 00:00
Halloween: Stories and Poems - Halloween: Stories and Poems - The book wasn't scary. But, some of the stories were interesting and the poems were very fun. I especially liked the stories King of the cats, The Jigsaw Puzzle, and The Bed Just So is also good. My favorite poem is probably The Visitor. Not scary, but sort of creepy and leaves you thinking. I love the illustrations as well. I think they are very nice. The book is perfect for Halloween and children.
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