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The Eclective: The Haunted Collection by [Nayes, Alan, Jameson, Emma, Jones, PJ, Porter, RG , McNally, M. Edward, MacLeod, Shéa, West, Tara, Adkins, Heather Marie]
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  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunwalker Press; First Edition edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GI8K5O
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This is my fourth collection from The Eclective also. I enjoyed it a lot.

"Empty Vessel" by M. Edward McNally is about a ghost ship. It has a lot of the superstitions from the old sailing vessels with which you are familiar if you have read any of the historical novels that had ocean travel or commerce in them. It is one of those stories that love to scare you by sticking in your mind and popping back into your consciousness when you go below deck in any sailing vessel - much as the old gothics do for basement and old piled up attics.

"The Smell of Death" by Tara West tells us of the paranormal abilities of a young girl. She can see ghosts and feel the energies that children are aware of but that we talk ourselves out of believing in by the time we are adults. However, it is a story that ends well - which is important to me because so many stories leave you on a cliff so that you will buy the next story.

"Safe" by Emma Jameson is set in 19th century London and is told by a street urchin who has moved up in the ranks to grave robber. It does get graphic but it is an excellent story.

"Cupcake Goddess: Sinfully Sweet" by Shea McLeod has Halloween, trick-or-treaters, ghosts, the passing of a century, and decisions to be made. It kept my attention and I think it will keep yours also.

"May I Go Play?" by Heather Marie Adkins - If you have little ones and believe that disembodied spirits can cause real trouble in our world - especially in old houses where there has been tragedy before -then this story will scare the crap out of you. Well done, Heather!

"Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle" by P.J. Jones - I'm not really 'into' vampire stories (I've read my share) but I can say that it is good a story as most I have read.
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This is a collection of spooky short stories by eight authors. The first story is "Empty Vessel" by M. Edward McNally. It is a short story about a ship stumbling upon a ghost ship and what happens afterwards. It was a well written plot, but not really my cup of tea. That doesn't make it a bad story.

The second story is "The Smell of Death" by Tara West. This story revolves around a little girl with a special gift. Because of this gift, her and her mother have trouble finding a permanent home. The story starts with the mother meeting a potential employee and continues with events happening in the house at that time. My only complaint with this book is the story could really evolve into a novella or even a novel. While the short story has its beginning, climax, and end, I would have really loved to see this in a much longer version. All in all, it's still a well written story and enjoyable read.

Next is "Safe" by Emma Jameson. This is another one that really wasn't my cup of tea, but others would probably find it enjoyable. It centers around a young boy who makes his living robbing graves. Like the previous two stories, it is well written and has a beginning, climax, and ending.

What follows is "Cupcake Goddess: Soulfully Sweet" by Shea MacLeod. It is a short story about the Goddess Brandwen and her constant stalking by a ghost. Even though it is a short story, I enjoyed it.

"May I go Play?" by Heather Marie Adkins is next. As with the previous short stories, it is well written with a well thought out plot. This is another one I can see as a novella or full novel. Another enjoyable read.

"Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle" by P.J. Jones, is a tongue-in-cheek stab at the sparkly vampires of "Twilight" fame.
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This collection of stories are not all ghostly or haunted per se. A lot of them had a Twilight Zone or Ray Bradbury feel to them. Not my usual genre of reading but a nice taste of something a little bit different.

Empty Vessel by M Edward McNally was one I enjoyed. I had previously bought a book by this author but have yet to read it. Based on what I've read with this story, I have hopes it will be a good read. Even though I could see where this story was going, I found it to be eerily entertaining.

The Smell of Death by Tara West was another one I liked. This one I could see being a longer story or the prologue of a full novel.

Safe by Emma Jameson was particularly creepy. While not a zombie story, it was close enough to give me the willies (I don't like zombies). I agree with another reviewer about the feel of the tale. A bit of a mash of Dickens and Poe. Very well done.

Cupcake Goddess: Soulfully Sweet by Shea MacLeod was more a fable or morality tale than a scary story but still a good read. I would like to see the main character used in a full novel.

May I Go Play? by Heather Marie Adkins was a good mash up of what I will not say so as not to give anything away. Did not see where the story was going until the end. And having read other books by this author, I can say this is a good example of her storytelling style.

Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle by PJ Jones made me laugh. She is one author I have been interesting in reading and now I think I have to.

Franscesca by Alan Nayes is the introduction to a longer story. I had trouble getting into this one. That being said, I am interested to see where the rest of the tale leads.

Soul Eaters by RG Porter was an enjoyable read.
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