Happy Halloween! This is our favorite holiday here at Jessica’s Reading Room. And if you could not tell before this month, I think you can now! We had almost a full month of reviews of horror/thrillers! (With a couple of non-thrillers kicked in).
Enjoy today for what it is, don’t eat too much sugar, and watch some scary movies! That’s what I’ve been doing this weekend!
For your review enjoyment Kim brings you a review of Haunted Nights, which is a short story anthology!
Editors: Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
Published: October 3, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.
In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.
-With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds- by Seanan McGuire
-Dirtmouth- by Stephen Graham Jones-
-A Small Taste of the Old Countr- by Jonathan Maberry
-Wick’s End- by Joanna Parypinski
-The Seventeen Year Itch- by Garth Nix
-A Flicker of Light on Devil’s Night- by Kate Jonez
-Witch-Hazel- by Jeffrey Ford
-Nos Galen Gaeaf- by Kelley Armstrong
-We’re Never Inviting Amber Again- by S. P. Miskowski
-Sisters- by Brian Evenson
-All Through the Night- by Elise Forier Edie
-A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds- by Eric J. Guignard
-The Turn- by Paul Kane
-Jack- by Pat Cadigan
-Lost in the Dark- by John Langan
-The First Lunar Halloween- by John R. Little
What a great anthology! Blumhouse is doing pretty well with their publishing … now if we can just get them that consistent with their movies! I loved all but one of these short stories. I was also distracted while reading that one story so I can’t really say it wasn’t my own fault. But the piece de resistance is the story of Bad Agatha; I loved it so much that I’m being Agatha for Halloween this year!! If they made that story into a movie, I’d watch it without question! Any of these stories would make an amazing horror movie. I highly recommend this anthology to any horror fan without a single reservation. Perfect for Halloween!
Well done, Blumhouse, well done!!
Kim as Bad Agatha!
Editor: Nick Harper
Published: February 11, 2021
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Bitter Chills is the first horror anthology from Blood Rites Horror and brings together eleven wintry tales of ghosts and monsters, killers and creatures from Denver Grenell, Kyle J. Durrant, Roxie Voorhees, Spencer Hamilton, Carla Eliot, Cass Oakley, Christopher Badcock, Carmilla, Joe Clements, Marcus Hawke and Patrick Whitehurst.
What a great anthology! It was easy to read and filled with really great stories, ranging from straight horror, to sci-fi, to psychological thriller. I couldn’t put this book down. And the theme of winter and cold and snow was apparent thru the whole thing. It was short, simple, and something I’d recommend even to teens who want to scratch the scary itch. It even makes me want to look into the individual authors to see if they have any other works published!
Today is my stop on a blog tour for The The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks hosted by Triple A Publishing Services. This anthology was released on April 1st, 2017. It is a a YA paranormal anthology featuring stories from Mindy Ruiz, Tia Silverthorne Bach, Kelly Martin, Amy Evans, Liz Long, BJ Sheldon, Allyson Gottlieb, and Misty Provencher!
Cover design by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Interior formatting by Allyson Gottlieb of Athena Interior Book Design
Release Date: April 1, 2017
For more information on The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks, and to interact with the authors, join The Peculiars, a Facebook group dedicated to all things circus freaks!
Come one, come all to the Kipling Carnival,
where you’ll meet beasts and beauties and everything in between.
Inside the Big Top you’ll find daring adventures from:
Tia Silverthorne Bach ~ The Animal Tamer trying to deny her own animal instincts.
Amy Evans ~ The Mermaid Prince who’s determined to stand on his own two feet.
Allyson Gottlieb ~ The Magician running from the sins of his past.
Liz Long ~ The Ringmaster, whose last wish is to be in the center ring.
Kelly Martin ~ The Cursed Performer free for one day only.
Misty Provencher ~ The Fortune Teller who takes more than just your breath away.
Mindy Ruiz ~ The Bearded Lady trying to break an ancient curse.
BJ Sheldon takes us behind the circus curtain with her Roadie.
Unveil the mysteries of The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks.
Where things are never what they seem.
Tia Silverthorne Bach ~ The Animal Tamer
Amy Evans ~ The Mermaid Prince
Allyson Gottlieb ~ The Magician
Liz Long ~ The Ringmaster
Kelly Martin ~ The Cursed Performer
Misty Provencher ~ The Fortune Teller
Mindy Ruiz ~ The Bearded Lady
BJ Sheldon ~ The Roadie