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Wrapped In White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits (Volume 2) Paperback – March 23, 2014
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"The Curse of Kirby" by Patrick Greene is darkly twisted in way that left me vacillating between gales of laughter and horrified disgust. Joshua Rex left me feeling gently moved by "The White Boy." "You'll Thank Me by Tomorrow" had the elegant surrealism I associate with the best episodes of <u>The Twilight Zone</u>. I was delightfully surprised by the intriguing twist in "His Shrines to Santa Muerte" by Michael G. Williams. Patrick O'Neal's "The Other One" had a lovely, classic feel somehow reminiscent of both Dickens and Lovecraft. Regarding "Ain't They Bright" by Cecilia Dockins, all I can say is intense - I'm talking eyes-wide, breath-held, slight-wail-causing-husband-to-ask-if-you're-okay intense.
For both the beauty of the prose and the unique deviation from the traditional expectations of ghost stories, "His Shrines to Santa Muerte" is my absolute favorite. Though "The White Boy" and "Ain't They Bright" were close runners-up.
Complimentary ebook copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review. I liked it enough to purchase a paperback on my own.
I was worried about this anthology as I don’t believe in ghosts, so how was I to be scared, spooked or terrorized? Not to worry, I had shivers, shakes and something definetly tapped me on the shoulder. I have alwasys said I have never been a fan of ghost stories, I don’t believe in them I say….. or maybe I do and that’s why they give me the shivers so much.
I really enjoy the little author bios but IMO they should be at the start or finish of each story so that I can run off and grab their other works. That said the editor has done another splendid job in arranging this in just the right order to freak you out!
Daddy’s Glasses by Allison M. Dickson
Loved the southern twang to the story. An early baby death sets the tone for this nightmare riddled story.
So much death in one family but AMD also manages to show what happens in “real” life as families stretch, change and lose contact.
However, when a blast from the past arrives in a little wooden box the narrator of this story gets a full front seat to the true horror of human nature.
The Curse of Kirby by Patrick C Greene
Poor Dawson he cant seem to get any peace with Butthole the cat pooping everywhere or scratching him to hell, not to mention his wonderful party hard neighbours.
Mendelbaum, his only other sane neighbour, is also having a hard time sleeping. Then they meet Abigail and Kirby; a mischievous ghost! and a plan is hatched.
However, as is always with hauntings there are dark currents and secrets, and with PCG you can always expect some even darker comments, not forgetting the gore, always lots of gore! But funny gore!
A fantastic climactic and grin worthy ending.
The White Boy by Joshua Rex
Micheal is down on his luck, however, not all the back story is laid bare, some is hidden, this unfolds later in little scary drips. He finds Jacob, alone, cold and white.
As Michael is led through a torturous route to really finding Jacob its all quiet sad. Well written enough to draw some serious emotions.
Unseen by James Glass
Omg! So spooky, two dimensional people and rustling.
The end of the world is nigh according to our narrator. Really enjoyed this story as it gave me goose bumps.
The tension of not knowing if he is going mad or actually seeing ghosts is riveting.
John by G. Elmer Munson
I was a bit confused at first.
It started out like John was kidnapping Janelle, but then they get caught in a storm and a strange house appears.
The time line is all a bit squewhiff in the spooky house with the freaky old lady and ever spookier noises, but all sort of becomes clear at the end.
Weird little story.
You’ll Thank Me by Tomorrow by Michael D. Matula
Liam and Molly are trying to enjoy a little naughty week away, and the temperature is getting a little hot when the screaming starts.
This story is very much Groundhog Day for horror lovers, as three people and two rooms rotate in varying fashions to kill each other. It’s exhausting reading in a fantastic way.
The ending is amazing and I think this was my favourite story.
Thursday Night Bingo by Kelli A. Wilkins
Betty gets midnight visitors, she is used to them.
Her son Jimmy, just thinks she is gong senile. Blackie her dog saw the ghostie too, but as the story unfolds something more sinister is afoot. I really enjoyed this until the ending, it just finished to quick and too predictably for me, great writing style though.
The Witness by Bryan W. Alaspa
Clever nods to your novels BWA!
In this little story Tabitha is the Witness to all the strange goings on in Knorr, especially the tale of the House on Kettle Street & Clara.
Well written little piece with lots of love and tension, the build up is good and then the final reveal is good if a little cliché.
However, it did have the best line in the anthology for me: I am the witness. And I shall remain so until I become my own ghost story.
His Shrine to Santa Muerte by Michael G. Williams
Four people who regard themselves as book witches effectively.
I did not connect with this story I found the writing style too flowery and flowing for my tastes, but thought the overall story was well thought out and deeply complex.
The Other One by Patrick O’Neill
Set out as a testimony which was an interesting way of starting a story but just reduced to a normal telling after a while.
However, I found the “old, rich and educated” flavor of the prose and the perfect little wife and child routine far to sickly for my tastes, in short not making me care about the characters at all, and little niggles regarding time lines such as the visit to the towns tiny Xmas market, they spent all day there??
That all said, there was some beautiful descriptions of places giving a sense of immersion in the story.
As the narrator keeps seeing a little wounded boy night after night, he becomes a little jumpy, however when his wife and child confess to the same vision it all gets a little spooky (I think that seems to be the theme of this anthology!).
As the coincidences and sightings occur the history is revealed and PN leaves us with a little after thought.
Inseparable by Solomon Archer, Ph.D.
The first paragraph left me feeling nauseated, such was the portrayal of devastation and lost come to physical being.
As you continue to be dragged down the rabbit hole of depression that has a dream like edge to it, I was wondering where the spooky would be in this well penned tale.
I need not have worried as the very last line sent such shivers down my spine I needed to stop reading for a while. Brilliant.
Whiteout by Gary Buettner
Derek and Evie, she is trying to get him killed for a cheating moment but he refuses to die.
On the way to their cabin Evie crashes and leaves Derek, blinded by the latest assassination attempt, alone in the snow.
Who is guiding him? Who is pointing him in the wrong or right direction?
I had to smirk at the ending, I wouldn't normally like to be left that way but it suited the story.
Ain’t They Bright by Cecilia Dockins
In the world of Nursing and Medicine I found myself nodding and understanding all the pressures that CD was portraying.
Even with a busy shift it seems Hell has followed our narrator into work.
I was left a little perplexed by this story, maybe it was too close to home.
Please Note: I was provided with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Table of Contents...
Daddy's Glasses... Allison M Dickson
The Curse of Kirby... Patrick C Greene
The White Boy... Joshua Rex
Unseen... James Glass
John... g Elmer Munson
You'll Thank Me by Tomorrow... Michael D Matula
Thursday Night Bingo... Kelli A Wilkins
The Witness... Bryann W Alaspa
His Shrine to Santa Muerte... Michael G Williams
The Other One... Patrick O'Neill
Inseparable... Solomon Archer PhD
Whiteout... Gary Buettner
Ain't They Bright... Cecilia Dockins
Some thoughts on "Wrapped in White"...
An eclectic mix of shorts that range from true horror, the paranormal, the insane and the just plain weird and sometimes wonderful.
They have several things in common... they are all, in one way or another ghost tales; they are all superbly written and edited. And while I had my favorites, there were no soft spots in this group of stories... they all had the air of professional writing that is associate with prose of the highest quality.
Speaking of favorites...
"Daddy's Glasses"... Allison M Dickson (AMD) at her absolute best!
I think the reason I'm so attached and attracted to AMD's works is because I know I'm going to find characters that I seem to be able to relate with. The people are down to earth and real; they think and react the same as I surmise I would if I ever found myself (god forbid... lol) in one of their dire situations. AMD presents the reader with the complete picture... beautifully described settings of anguish, populated with characters that have a strange and unique story to tell.
And another of AMD's talents is the ability to close-out the deal... that special last paragraph or, as in this case, the last sentence. A totally unrelated thought out of the blue that simply fits and somehow, just makes perfect sense.
"The White Boy"... an exquisite piece; touchingly beautiful. Another tale with an end sequence that will caress your heart and cause time to stand still, if only for a moment or two.
"John"... a tale of an old haunted house found in the country. Great atmosphere and chilling descriptions.
"Thursday Night Bingo"... a well written quasi-detective/murder story, told with a great sense of pace and timing.
"The Other One" ... a Xmas tale in a haunted house. A spooky, winter setting.
A personal, subjective moment...
While all of these tales had something to distinguish them individually and in turn make them in some way, memorable, I'm left with one indelible image that has stuck with me; from Solomon Archer's "Inseparable"...
"All that remains of the mobile is a headless pig dangling by a single black thread, twisting listlessly."
Not sure why this has become imbedded in my subconscious, but there you have it.
13 well written and edited ghosts stories. All different, reflecting the unique styles of their authors. Something for everyone who enjoys this genre.
As it is... 5 Stars.
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