- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Dragon Press (March 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932926216
- ISBN-13: 978-1932926217
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,981,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark Tales for Dark Nights Paperback – March 5, 2013
“Dark Tales for Dark Nights, the first book by collaborative Canadian authors Pierre C Arsenault and Angella Jacob, is sure to impress all kinds of readers with its imaginative and creative genius. Each story sucked me in with its normalcy and made me jump with its sudden twist into darkness.”(Sarah Butland Author of Blood Day)
About the Author
Angella Cormier grew up in St-Antoine, a small town in south east New Brunswick. This is where her love of reading and writing were born. Her curious nature about everything mysterious and paranormal helped carved the inspiration for her current passion of writing horror and mystery stories. She is also a published poet, balancing out her writing to express herself in these two very opposing genres. Angella is also a mother of two boys as well as an established freelancer in graphic design.
Check out Angella's author site: Mysterious Ink.
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The book opens with "Sometimes They Come at Night", a trippy tale of overgrown moths, strange menacing creatures and murder. This one has a fine spin affixed that leaves the reader rather pleased with the story's conclusion. It's a quality tale that sets the bar high. Unfortunately, not many other offerings really match that initial intensity. "Soul Mates" is creepy, and unfolds like an edgy Twilight Zone episode and "Henry" manages to mimic that same mood. These are enjoyable pieces that stand ahead of the pack.
But there are counter moments in this collection that admittedly feel rather uninspired. "The Riverton Bigfoot" had potential, but the spin on the conclusion is skimmed over so lightly I'm not convinced everyone will even recognize the twist. "Mayhem at the Hendersons" also had the room to evolve into a quality narrative, but it's so brief that it lacks the oxygen to grow properly. The book's greatest disappointment however, comes in the form of "The Girl from Idlewood", a completely predictable tale we've read about a thousand times before. I won't spill the details for anyone who may have somehow missed this well-trodden concept, but it's got to be said, this is countless other stories, just twisted and turned in slightly different directions. Readers will likely know exactly what the final destination in wait is within two pages.
Dark Tales for Dark Nights needed some care in the editing department, and a quality cover design is poorly, poorly missed. I'm not one to harp on book designs, typically, but this cover looks like it required about 90 seconds on Photobucket.com (I'm not even certain Photoshop was required) to create. Some may say hey Matt, you're really nitpicking! But the truth is, the cover of a book is profoundly important. A good cover can sell a book. A good cover will sell a book. They say `don't judge a book by its cover', and I would agree with that sentiment. However, I won't judge, or ever even notice a book with a cover as dreadful as this one. The work within the pages really does deserve better. I got a big kick out of "Sometimes They Come at Night". "Soul Mates" really did boast a few dreadfully eerie moments, and "Henry" just had something special going for it. Those three stories alone make the book worth a read in my mind. It's not perfect, but Dark Tales for Dark Nights had some love invested in it, and make no mistake, that certainly translates to the reader.
Written by Matt Molgaard from Horror Novel Reviews. Horror Novel Reviews does not receive payment for reviews. All books are promotional copies.