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The Final Act of Keri and Trent by Derek McFadden (4*)
This was a little strange and a little weird, in its look into the end of life and what happens afterwards. Well handled for a short fiction piece, and I loved Trent's letter to his girls.
Ghostly Affection by Grace M. DeLeesie (4*)
This beautifully written story is more about human nature than ghostly nature, but it is beautiful... Apart from the wedding day. And the ending? Pure bliss. I hate soppy stories, but I'm not ashamed to say this made me sigh with happiness at the end.
Amity by Jordan Elizabeth (5*)
A true ghost story, well written. Excellent short story that leaves you wanting more.
Attic Secrets by Ashley Pasco (4*)
A very typical ghost story, very short and very sweet.
Barroom Nightmare by Al Dorantes (4*)
Tommy, this ghost, is definitely more cranky than scary, and Ham is a complete wuss to keep running off home everytime, rather than trying to deal with him. The fact it takes crazy Ruth to settle things just made me laugh out loud.
The Sun Valley Bistro by Kae P. Quinn (5*)
In comparison to Tommy (the ghost in the last story), Roger (the one in this) is practically a saint! And instead of causing problems, he solves them, including saving the very bistro itself. They may give him the first cup of coffee every day, but he has most definitely earned it!
Candlestick Guilt by Jordan Elizabeth (4*)
A sweet story well told.
Confined Awake by Insanity by Tracina Cozza (4*)
A strange tale that leaves you wondering which is the true reality. Creepy!
Ghosts of Holy Cross by Ashley Pasco (4*)
A funny tale of a girl who discovers she can see ghosts.. In a bizarre way!
Graveyard Dust by Heather Talty (5*)
This is a very good retelling of Cinderella, complete with ghosts, caretaker's boots, and a lot of funniness. Artfully told, especially in so short a story.
Faceless by James McNally (4*)
This is a story where the ghost physically interacts with the world, with devastating (but thankful) results. And, of course, causes a treasure obsession too!
The Blood-Stained Handkerchief by Jordan Elizabeth (5*)
A lovely tale, sometimes sad, told from both the modern and older POV. Beautifully written.
This Ol' Haunted House by Gloria Slade (4*)
I liked this story as it both shows a girl getting good friends through what could've been a problem (the haunted house), and has an explanation and a resolution to the ghost. Good story.
House on Hazelnut Lane by Jordan Elizabeth (5*)
This is a spooky story that gives you a shiver down the back. Liked the way you got to see what happened at each event causing a ghost through the characters' own eyes (and it was very clear when we jumped between the past and present too, which is not always the case - a pet hate!). Left me with a chill and shiver!
Sweet Hollow Road by C. K. Raggio (5*)
Excellent writing. Such a spooky story, it's perfect for telling on Halloween or round a campfire! Don't read before bed if you're easily scared... Or camping in the woods!
Jacked by A. F. Plant
A Minor Matter of Death by W. K. Pomeroy (5*)
A story that shows how it's not just the person who dies that's affected by a death, especially a sudden, violent death. Well written, both funny and slightly sad.
Moving In With the Ghost by A. Elizabeth Zumchak (5*)
Such a sweet but sad story, beautifully written
Death of a Necromancer by Misha Murphy (5*)
I loved the original premise behind this story, and the way it was so well written. Very enjoyable, beautifully finished, and I liked the fact there was no cliffhanger - that would've been so disappointing with such a great story! It would be interesting to read more adventures that this character has though, now that she is more aware of her gift.
Silent Opera by Joan O. Scharf (5*)
This is a fabulous spooky story, great for telling at Halloween or round campfires to creep people out. It certainly left me with a chill!
Take My Place by Nicole Green (4*)
A creepy, slightly gross and descriptive horror/ghost story that's certainly not for he faint of heart. Well put together and written, with a great idea behind it.
Nellie's Playmate by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota (5*)
A well-written - and quite sad - very short ghost story that's perfect for a quick read on the commute or with a cuppa.
The Regal by Jeremy Mortis (3*)
This was a bit of a strange story, and kind of felt incomplete. I liked the premise though, and the writing is good, it just feels like something's missing.
Dark Rider by Amy L. Gale (5*)
I loved this story, as it was very original, inventive, intriguing and had a twist of romance to seal the deal (but not too much or soppy romance which I hate!). Plus there's a handsome biker invoked, and a motorbike, so yay!
The Sailor by Lisa Oaks (3*)
A very weird story that jumps around a lot, has characters that appear and disappear just like that (even living ones) and finishes on a cliffhanger. Feels more like some chapters from a longer book condensed into a short story. Disappointing
Sarah by Rachel Pond (4*)
While this is a sweet little story, it's more like a snippet from a larger story. However it is extremely well written, funny and enjoyable, so it still got 4*!
Ghost of Shadmoor Park by Grant Eagar (5*)
This was an incredibly funny, touching and engaging story. Loved it! (And can completely understand Katie's wish to be a cookie eating ghost - yummy!)
Simon and the Ghost by Jeremy Mortis (5*)
This was a very touching, very short story and also warns about the dangers of drink-driving and domestic abuse. Cleverly educational and enjoyable.
The Staircase by Clare Weze (4*)
The unusual format of this story - as a series of emails from a girl called Katrine to her half-brother Toby, telling him about her search for her father - was interesting, though did make reading it slower. It was also sad not to have his replies, though we get an idea of the tone of them from the things she says in the next one. It's a new way of telling a story and I liked the novelty of the approach.
Swamp by Joan O. Scharf (3*)
While this was generally a good story, it felt incomplete, so I was a bit disappointed.
Tillie in Utica by Jordan Elizabeth (5*)
A sweet little story.
A Trace of Time by Joan O. Scharf (5*)
Short and spooky, enough to put you off getting lost and poking round graveyards in the rain!
Truth or Dare by Molly Jauregui (4*)
Creepy Halloween story that leaves you with the creeps. More demons than ghosts, but definitely a story for telling round the campfire!
Try Me by Christine Baker (5*)
A gritty, real story that is both tear-jerking and laugh-out-loud at times. Excellent and highly recommended. I just want to read more about them and what they do next!!
Winchell Hall's Mistery by Gloria Slade (4*)
No real ghost action in this one, more a short cozy mystery, but I enjoyed it.
Yankee Inn by Jordan Elizabeth (5*)
Loved this story, and the characters are so intriguing. An excellent tale, and superb ending to the collection.
“Ghostly Affection” followed the friendship of a ghost child and a little boy name Tommy she first met when he was sent to live at the foster home she’d been haunting. They grew up together but were always bothered by the fact that Tommy was the only person who could see her and that neither of them ever noticed other ghosts in the same predicament. The plot twists were really well done. I didn’t see most of them coming, and the ones I did figure out in advance still managed to surprise me in many other ways. What made them even better was how they were all resolved in the last scene. It was the perfect ending to something I enjoyed quite a bit.
This collection was uneven. There were stories I loved just as they were and others I thought could have used more polishing. “Moving In with the Ghost” was one of the ones that could have benefited from some extra development. As much as I liked the idea of a family knowing in advance that they were moving into a haunted home and choosing to live there anyway, Daniel and Geri sure didn’t take that warning seriously. These characters weren’t developed enough for me to know if this was unusual for them or if they were unwilling to take advice in general. Not being sure what their personalities were like in general made it hard for me to empathize with them once paranormal things began happening in their new home.
In “Graveyard Dust,” Emma realized she had special powers after both of her parents died. She began to have conversations with her mother’s ghost in the graveyard. Eventually, she began to make plans to attend a dance after getting advice from her mother and the other spirits. What I enjoyed the most about Emma’s life were all of its references to a famous fairy tale that were embedded into it. Seeing how the author reinterpreted those scenes to better fit the paranormal genre made me smile.
If you’re looking for something spooky, Cast No Shadows is a good place to start.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Honestly, when I first finished reading the stories, I was going to rate the book lower. The stories are, well, sort of pedestrian. Most are the sort of stories that kids tell around campfires where characters are introduced, something happens, and BAM, ghosts, the end. They're not badly written, and I don't remember encountering any spelling, grammar, or formatting errors, but they like any real punch. There's nothing terribly clever about them. So, I contacted the person at Curiosity Quills, and asked her the target audience, which is apparently young adults. That was enough for me to be a bit more lenient. I used to read those Scholastic anthologies back in elementary school. The material here feel like it's going towards more of a teen route, so I don't know if I'd hand these off to someone in primary school, but the quality made more sense with the info on the designated target audience.
So, long story short, it's an OK book. I don't regret reading it. It's just not great.