Author: Emma Meade
Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.
Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.
I love creepy stories, so when I saw this anthology featured mostly horror, I absolutely wanted to read it. The anthology starts out strong but familiar, with Ghost Story, your typical ghost story that is, albeit scary, not that original or mind-blowing. Then we get The Awakening, which steps away from well-known tropes and enters new territory with a modern spin on the vampire story.
Next up is End of the Line, which I thought dragged on too long. I’m not sure, but I think this was the longest stories in the anthology, and for me it could’ve ended the moment Cassie came aboard the death train. Then there’s Milsa Loris, which is a brave, different story, and which I kind of liked. It was a bit complicated to keep all the names apart though and ther were a lot of characters, especially in a short story.
I loved The Old Vampire. So many young people dream about eternal life, but I doubt it’s all that great when it happens to you when you’re older, like in your sixties or seventies. I liked The Knocking, but again, it wasn’t that original. I’ve heard urban legends that go that way too.
I liked The Boy on The Beach because it dared to be different, and step away from overused tropes. Snowglobes was my personal favorite. It reminded me of some of Roald Dahl’s short story – creepy without being gorey, and the fear just creeps up your spine without noticing.
This was a quick read to get through, and while some stories were marvellous, others were a bit bland. Overall, it was a decent mix, and something I recommend to fans of supernatural horror. The author clearly has talent for these types of short stories.