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Stories for the Dead of Night Paperback – July 16, 2013
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The Seven Fates group includes Karen Black, one of my favorite authors. I purchased the book because I wanted to read more of Karen's work.
The stories by Karen Black are as follows: Aftermath, The Hunted, A Candle in the Darkness, Mountain Justice, and Forever. In Aftermath, a house fire and a séance will leave chills arrowing down your spine. In the Hunted, what's real and what's a dream? A Candle in the Darkness brings the past and the present together, with a candle to light the way through the darkness. In Mountain Justice, an abused woman must find her inner strength. In Forever, eternity takes on a sinister meaning.
With short stories, poetry, and even flash fiction, the book is as eclectic as the contents of a steamer trunk in your grandmother's attic.
In Stories for the Dead of Night there is a good variety of styles and authors, and they kept my imagination and curiosity on the move. The stories range from ghosts and murder all the way to spoiled little children. You have mothers, husbands, witches and and zombies. Need I say more?
And on top of the fact that there is an awesome assortment of tales, these authors took the typical "campfire stories" expectation to another level by throwing in their clever wit. They are smart, creative and unique. This collection gives you a bit more than what you might think of from a book of creepy short stories.
If you want a somewhat more adult take on the campfire stories of your youth, you'll have fun with it. If you want to be alternately sickened, anxious, and terrified, it may be too tame for you. How do you like your horror?
Sincerely, Terry Thompson (author of Push Start: A Practical Guide to Jumpstart Your Life From Average to Awesome,What it takes to become a MENTOR, and Leadership Solved)
While there were some that were just creepy or good old fashioned ghost stories, a couple of them really scared me half to death! I won't bore you with a long drawn out review of everything in the book, but here are some of the highlights:
"Aftermath" by Karen Black - what an ending! I was surprised and impressed by the twist taken in this story of the aftermath of a house fire.
the poems by Jennifer J. Arend were delightfully morose and perfectly suited for reading on Halloween!
"David and the Outside" by Robert L. Arend -- this story took a more sci-fi take on the horror genre but I loved that! I don't want to say too much, but this is one of the must reads of the book.
"Candle in the Darkness" by Karen Black -- this ghost story has a sweet twist that choked me up a little. I think this was my favorite story in the entire book.