Ghosts and More Tales of the Supernatural (ed. Kristine Lowe-Martin)

Blending classic supernatural tropes, humour, chills, and a variety of characters in different proportions, these tales are likely to provide fans of spooky stories with a pleasing evening or three. This anthology contains 15 ghost stories and other short tales of the paranormal in a variety of styles, each written by a members of the … Continue reading Ghosts and More Tales of the Supernatural (ed. Kristine Lowe-Martin)

Haunting in Fettig by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends a classic ghost story with the Covid pandemic and a teenage protagonist, creating a tale that has all the supernatural tension without any dry archaism. When a freak combination of her father’s mistake and snap pandemic restrictions leave Portia stranded at her grandmother’s farm without a change of clothes or the internet, she … Continue reading Haunting in Fettig by Jordan Elizabeth

North Western by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth interweaves the ageless trauma of rebuilding life after loss with a powerful evocation of rural US life in the 1800’s, creating a mystery driven more by emotion than cold logic. This is the sixth volume of Elizabeth's Echoes of New York series. However, while set in the same area, the narrative and characters are … Continue reading North Western by Jordan Elizabeth

Advent Ghosts: Dirty Hands

A joyous Yule or other festival of choice to everyone. As in previous years, I am participating in Loren Eaton’s Advent Ghosts 100-word scary story project. This year, a riff on a traditional creepy trope: Dirty Hands Light dances. Glass explodes. “Are you all right?” Josie appears from the kitchen. “Vase fell off. Almost hit … Continue reading Advent Ghosts: Dirty Hands

Draugr by Arthur Slade

Slade balances a portrayal of modern—if rural—Canada with ancient Scandinavian folklore, creating a tale that will engage both young adults seeking an accessible chill and fans of sagas. Fourteen-year-old Sarah Asmundson, her twin Michael, and her cousin Angie have been sent north from Missouri, USA, to a small village in Manitoba, Canada, to stay with … Continue reading Draugr by Arthur Slade

Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Flavoured with but not tainted by the uncertainty and constraint of the Covid-19 pandemic, this anthology provides a series of engaging escapes from reality. This anthology collect nine stories inspired by the theme of “regret”, spanning a range of genres and styles. ‘I Should Have Known’ by Samantha Bryant. A young woman reminisces on why … Continue reading Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Thomasine by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends the tropes of folk horror with the intensity of teenage belief, creating a story that asks “what if everyone really was watching you?” Thomasine was born in the same small rural town in the USA as her father, her grandparents, and most of her other relatives. Her childhood was filled with nightmares of … Continue reading Thomasine by Jordan Elizabeth

Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth transports the trappings of a classic ghost story to the tawdry dystopia of a US high school, amplifying the exclusion faced by those whose life includes—or publicly includes—other than the narrow list of socially acceptable things. Dylan Hatfield’s grandmother suffers from dementia. And, ever since moving to Hawthorne, Dylan has been followed by imaginary … Continue reading Hawthorne High by Jordan Elizabeth

Go Back to Sleep by Robert Scott-Norton

Scott-Norton fuses the newly acquired knowledge of the supernatural with the embedded sense of duty owed to family, creating a tale of a psychic moving from witness to investigator under emotionally charged circumstances. This novel is the third in Norton’s Dark Corners series. Venturing beyond this point may reveal... Secrets from the Past! After being … Continue reading Go Back to Sleep by Robert Scott-Norton

The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox

Cox displays the issues of starting college through the dark lens of vampirism, creating a teenage vampire tale that has much to interest both horror readers of all ages and members of non-existent Hermetic orders. This novel is the fifth in the Vampire Innocent series. So, there are probably spoilers ahead. With vampirism having ruined … Continue reading The Phantom Oracle by Matthew S. Cox