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New Moon on the Water

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
n a smoky, after hours jazz joint where almost nobody ever dies, or the ranch house next door owned by a monster, or a high rise elevator in which raging terror awaits the next passenger, these brilliant stories discover a world you thought you knew--and a darker one you will never forget. With 13 stories never before collected, NEW MOON ON THE WATER is Mort Castle's first ...more
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Published August 2012 by Dark Regions Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Before I read this short story collection, my only familiarity of Mort Castle work came from his nonfiction, particularly On Writing Horror. That was one of the first books on writing that I bought when I started putting pen to paper. You'd think in all those years I'd have sought out his stories. Go figure. Well, New Moon on the Water helped remedy that.

Now, the way I understand it, this book from Dark Regions Press is a re-release of sorts of an earlier collection called Moon on the Water. The
Apparently I will get hated on for this review but I did not really like this book at all. The most horrible thing about it was reading the short stories. After reading it, I read other reviews and saw I seem to be the only one either not liking this book or I was the only one not jumping on the "this book is awesome" bandwagon. As such, I went back and re-read random stories and hated them even worse the second time around. That being said, I never give ANY book I read less than three stars unl ...more
Robert Krone
I received this book the publisher in exchange for a review

This was a good collection of stories from an author I hadn't read previously. I am not usually a big fan of unreliable narrators or stories that switch focus between different characters, but Mort was able to make the stories entertaining. This collection has gotten me interested in checking out more of his writing in the future,

Overall I give this 3.5/5 stars.
Edmund Wight
This book is a collection of shorts. Some are complete stories, some not much more than scenes. The author has a very distinct voice and feel. Quite a number of these tales take place in the early 20th century and especially in the south or places where the racial divide was strongest. You can feel the era in his narration's voice. The narrator can often be heard in your head like an older southern gentleman or a poor african-american of the time relating their tale. It just gives you that feel ...more
Kevin Lucia
Excellent as always. Keen insight into human nature, takes literary tropes, turns them into horror...full review coming soon.
Sid Stiles
Sorry, but I'm going to be in the minority here. I did not like this book. Wordplay for wordplay's sake. Many of the stories ran around in fanciful circles but never really got anywhere. I kept putting this book aside between stories and reading other things, and had to force myself to keep coming back for more. A couple of the stories I enjoyed, most I didn't, and I finally gave up on it around the halfway point. I've read more than a hundred horror collections and enjoyed most of them, but thi ...more
Lou Sytsma
Great collection of short stories.

Castle is a jazzy, barker of a flamboyant writer who is not afraid of breaking the
fourth wall. An excellent showcase of his writing skill with an eclectic collection
where no two stories are remotely similar.

He is also capable of switching style gears and stepping back to let the stories tell their
tales through the characters he creates. There are tales that are fully fantasy, tales that
are grounded in reality,and others that are a mix of the two.

Readers will nee
Chris Morey
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Mort Castle is a horror author, editor, and a writing teacher with more than 350 short stories and a dozen books to his credit.
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