Book Review: Halloween by Maria V. Snyder

October 3, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Horror, Paranormal
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About the book:

  • Halloweenhalloween
  • by Various authors
  • Horror / Paranormal
  • Pages: 380
  • Publication: September 11th 2013
  • Publisher: Prime Books
  • Received From: Prime Books NetGalley
  • Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of the past, the more we’ve come to love Halloween – the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favor of the bizarre, the “other side” is closest, and everyone can become anyone (or anything) they wish… and sometimes what they don’t. Introducing nineteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrate the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays.

Stories:
“Black Dog” by Laird Barron
“From Dust” by Laura Bickle
“Angelic” by Jay Caselberg
“Pumpkin Head Escapes” by Lawrence Connolly
“All Hallows in the High Hills” by Brenda Cooper
“We, the Fortunate Bereaved” by Brian Hodge
“Thirteen” by Stephen Graham Jones
“Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Trick or Treat” by Nancy Kilpatrick
“Long Way Home: A Pine Deep Story” by Jonathan Maberry
“The Mummy’s Kiss” by Norman Partridge
“All Souls Day” by Barbara Roden
“And When You Called Us We Came To You” by John Shirley
“The Halloween Men” by Maria V. Snyder
“Lesser Fires” by Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem
“Unternehmen Werwolf” by Carrie Vaughn
“For the Removal of Unwanted Guests” by A.C. Wise
“Quadruple Whammy” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

 

My Thoughts:

I love, love, love this time of year. We don’t do much for Halloween (SADLY!!) and my hubby doesn’t really enjoy watching scary movies, so it’s up to books to keep me entertained. And of course with it being Autumn and already October, most of those books are going to be something to do with the paranormal and/or horror.

With this book in particular, It’s so nice to be able to read in chunks because sometimes that’s how life works. I read this in small increments, 30 mins to an hour or so and just absolutely loved most of the stories. None of the stories took much longer than that to read and I think the longest was just over 50 pages or so…

And this anthology is perfect for this time of year. Some of the stories are quite spooky, some not so much, but all have something a bit sinister, that thing that makes you keep your eyes closed when your brain wants to start thinking of monsters in the middle of the night!

I was also quite pleased to see a few authors that I have already read, like Jonathan Maberry.

If you’re a horror fan you will definitely want to pick this one up! And some are short enough to read around a campfire at night. 😉

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