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- Print Length: 170 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946382159
- Publisher: Catterfly Publishing, an imprint of OWS INK; 1 edition (October 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075JQKS1Q
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Posted on December 28, 2017Edit "BOOK REVIEW: The 13: Tales of Illusory By: Stephanie Ayers"
BOOK REVIEW: The 13: Tales of Illusory By: Stephanie Ayers
I have to admit I usually am not a fan of horror stories. As a teenager, I loved reading the Omen, Salem’ s Lot and other scary books. Then for some reason, I didn’t like that genre anymore. But that seems to be changing – again. Stephanie Ayers has written a book of short stories – horror stories, including poetry.
I found it to be mesmerizing, intriguing, captivating. Stephanie has a special talent. She creates magic in her words, drawing you into each of her stories, making you feel as if you are walking alongside the characters, feeling the emotions as well. See all sides of the dimensions. And that is truly what a great writer does.
In the story “Season of Change,” I don’t know why but I read that one over twice. I think in a way, I myself thought it was comical (perhaps I was the only one) but Stephanie wrote it in a way that made me think of an old Criminal Minds episode.
I also loved that the whole book was long enough to immerse myself but short enough to read while I drank my venti PSL from Starbucks.
A couple of the stories didn't work for me - Wade, Haunted and The Thirteenth Year weren't my cup of tea - but most of them were interesting enough to leave me feeling glad I had read them. The issues I have with those two stories were that the first didn't really spin a familiar story in an unfamiliar way, and the second spent too much time on the familiar and not enough exploring the unfamiliar.
What the Sign Saw was sort of like a psychedelic trip, and I liked knowing - yet not knowing - exactly what was going to happen. The unfolding was very satisfying.
Strike a Pose may be one of my very favorite short horror stories. It reminded me of Dorian Gray meets Hannibal Lecter, and stayed with me even after I finished the collection. Very well done. Very macabre.
Overall, this is a solid three-and-a-half stars. With a little more polish on the stories I didn't like, I could safely bump it up to four stars. Stephanie Ayers weaves a great tale; I definitely recommend this collection to anyone who loves short horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
Ayers has a gift for description. Her vivid scenes transport the reader right into each unique story and her characters range from common to quirky to creepy. I particularly liked Puppets. Ayers created characters I could see and hear and dove right into the eerie, but the ending seemed rushed.
In Wade, Haunted, I felt the italicized flashback was distracting, but the suspense was well-crafted. The country vernacular in Season of Change was done so well, I could hear the main character. Onomatopoeias are used to great effect - making this a great tale to be read aloud around a fire. Loved the character's ending lines - funny and dark!
A Child Lost has a great premise for a dark fantasy story. Overall, there's a great variety in these tales ranging from contemporary settings to fantasy gods and fairies, but you may find yourself wishing they didn't end so soon. But that's a good thing, right?