Dark, sinister and brooding, this is a horror story that unfolds powerfully, despite the resistance of both the reader and the characters. Foreboding and suspense combine to intensify the darkness of the imagery and the anticipation of the next twist.
The story is skilfully crafted, using characters who are relatable in their absolute normality, which heightens the tension by emphasising the understanding that the events of the story could happen to anyone.
This is an outstanding horror mystery story. Read it if you dare.
A collection of well-crafted and varied short stories, ‘Dark Little Wonders’ definitely lives up to its title.
The stories are all quite different, invariably dark, and full of twists and surprises. Taken one by one, each story challenges the reader to see life – and death – from a different perspective. In combination, this collection of dark fiction reminds the reader that one can be haunted by many more things than just ghosts.
The writing is very good and the characters are realistic, each having burdens, flaws, and motivations to which the reader can easily relate. This adds punch to every twist sand makes the message of each story more powerful.
‘Dark Little Wonders and Other Stories’ is an excellent read.
There are two great new anthologies that readers should definitely check out.
Mischief Night is a brand new Halloween anthology.
All Hallow’s Eve, a frightening night When ghouls and witches promise a horrific fright As the lights go out and you’re home all alone. You reach for the phone but your heart stops at the sound of the dial tone. You jump in bed, grab a flashlight, and pull the covers over your head, Trying not to scream as visions of the undead Cloud your brain and make you question the reality in sight Just open the book and turn the pages of Mischief Night
In this thrilling Halloween collection by some of today’s hottest authors, you’ll find stories that will make you shiver and shake.
So grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up in front of the fireplace while you read this brand new set just for Halloween!
Some of the stories and poems in this collection are creepy, others are darker and more sinister, and still others embrace a fascination with the macabre.
There is a good variety of concepts, genres and writing styles among the different authors’ contributions, making this an interesting and very enjoyable collection, ideal for reading at Halloween or on any other long, dark night.
This is a very good story that grows increasingly eerie and discomfiting as the narrative develops. The writing is evocative and rich in imagery, luring the reader into the quite sentimental and old-timey feel of the story before delivering the twists that dramatically change the tone and intent of the narrative.
The characters are nicely developed, using the familiarity between them to engage the reader in their conversation and interactions and develop some affection for them. This, in turn, enhances the effect of the darkness that creeps into the story and takes control of it.
‘Shypoke’ delivers a satisfyingly chilling ending to a well-crafted creepy tale.
Chilling, suspenseful and macabre, this is everything I look for in a horror story. Building tension bursts into moments of fear, like waves on the ocean carrying the reader on peaks and troughs of anticipation and dread. The reader frequently finds themselves releasing their breath in relief, unaware that they’ve been holding it, only for it to happen again the next time the action of the story escalates.
The main characters are likeable and relatable, which positions the reader to feel empathy for them when they find themselves in a situation they cannot control, and which promises most unfavourable outcomes. Because they are such normal people, it reminds the reader that this is the kind of thing that could potentially happen to anyone, regardless of their good intentions or innocence in making mistakes.
The writing is excellent, the imagery is precise and well-crafted, and the storyline is unpredictable. All in all, this is a shudderingly good read.
This is a good short story for October and Halloween reading. What starts as a sinister and tense story develops into a tale of fear and flight before growing darker and more horrific.
The tension and sense of dread grow steadily, making both the main character and the reader increasingly uncomfortable before the true horror of the forest is revealed. The author combines elements of foreboding, macabre, revulsion and fear to influence the reader’s feelings and reactions.
Even though the title gives away the fact that there’s something lurking in the woods, this story is quite original and well written.
There is some adult content, so it’s not recommended for kids.