I know, October is supposed to be about obsessions and stalkers. And next weeks post will be all over it. But since we’re in the scariest month of the year and there is a great new anthology out, I wanted to tell you guys all about it.
Now, I’m really picky with my scary stories. I don’t scare easily–unless cockroaches or spiders are involved. Most so-called scary books have me rolling my eyes because they want to tell me how to feel instead of building the fear and suspense. A good scary book makes me feel nervous and has me looking over my shoulder as I read.
So I went into the advanced read of Tales From The Mist with reservations. But I wasn’t disappointed. This anthology is full of stories that will raise the hair on your arms. Some of the authors are brand new while others are multi-published. Every one of them delivers, but here are a few highlights.
The Messenger by Cate Dean has the gothic feel of Northanger Abbey and Jane Eyre, and the cemetery scenes are written in chilling detail.
Haste by Catie Rhodes deals with an emotion every one of use can relate to: impulse. The main character spends the story back on her heels trying to fix one dumb decision, but the twist at the end took me by creeptastic surprise.
Jade O’Reilly and the Graveyard Shift by Tamara Ward had me at haunted house. This is the first mystery of Tamara’s I’ve read, and it was an excellent ride.
The King of Rats by Greg Carrico mixes humor and horror and had me laughing and trembling all at once.
Beneath Still Waters by Stacey Joy Netzel is a haunting tale full of excellent prose and snappy dialogue and left me with a lovely feeling of October unease.
The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is a great tale of things that go bump in the night, and I’m not ashamed to say I turned on all the lights while reading this one.
This is an anthology I’d recommend to anyone seeking a good old-fashioned October creepfest. Congratulations to the authors of Tales From The Mist for delivering such a great book.
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