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Jack-O'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy

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Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy features the many faces of science fiction, fantasy, and horror Halloweens: steampunk Halloweens, post-apocalyptic Halloweens, alternate history Halloweens, outer space Halloweens, and noir Halloweens, not to mention new speculative takes on Halloween perennials, such as haunted houses, witches, ghosts, vampires, and, of course, ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Raven Electrick Ink
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Michele Lee
The air has turned crisp and pumpkins are appearing all over. The trees are donning their fall colors and stores have been slinging fun-sized candies in purple and orange for a month now. It's the perfect setting for some great Halloween-themed tales, and this book delivers. Jack O' Spec is a delightful collection of poems and prose all centering on some of the themes of Halloween. Not the typical horror fare of monsters and killers, instead it studies magic, what Halloween would be like if we w ...more
Eric Guignard
REVIEWED: Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy
EDITED BY: Karen A. Romanko
PUBLISHED: September, 2011

I enjoyed this book a great deal. Per its title, it is a collection of Halloween titles, of which they are great to read year-round. Some of the selections are poetry. I'm not a poetry enthusiast, as I am of the short story, but I can still appreciate the prose and emotion they portray. Personal favorite stories are "The Two Houses," by Gregory L. Norris, "The Experiment," by Cliff Winnig,
Shannon Winward
I highly, highly recommend this anthology to anyone who loves speculative writing and/or Halloween. It's full of myriad and interesting takes on the theme and includes pieces by award-winning and fabulously-published genre authors. I'm thrilled to be included in this book, and honored to have been invited to appear in a "Best Of Spec" anthology, to be published some time next year.

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Dec 20, 2011 Karen Romanko added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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