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Familiar Spirits

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
An anthology of ghostly tales just in time for Halloween.

Magician and story-teller William Pack conceived of Familiar Spirits as an outgrowth and supplement to his spell-binding performances of magic and ghostly tales. Connecting with Writer on Demand Donald J. Bingle, they have invited a specially selected group of extremely talented writers to craft short tales and viv
Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published September 18th 2015 by 54-40' Orphyte, Inc.
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Keith West
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This collection was funded through Kickstarter, and I supported it. I chose both the electronic and a signed print version as my rewards. I think I got my money’s worth.

I’ve always liked ghost stories, although they used to scare me to death when I was a kid. I’ll admit when I pledged this particular project that I was expecting a slightly longer book. I guess I’ve gotten spoiled by the Ragnarok Publications doorstoppers.

But like I said, I think I got my money’s worth. With the exception of Jean
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Eleven tales of shadowy encounters with those yet not moved on. Unfinished business, the need for revenge, or never-ending loneliness keeps them tethered to the plain of the living. Including works by Sarah Hans, Wren Roberts, Jean Rabe, Dolores Whitt Becker, Kate Johnson, and others.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I thank Donald J. Bingle for giving me the opportunity.

I didn't altogether dread this read, but I knew there was
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First let me state that I was a Kickstarter backer for this anthology. I came across the project by accident in a search for horror projects. I had never heard of any of the author's before. Typically I find that anthologies are filled with some great stories and some weak stories, but not here! Every story was attention grabbing and delightfully haunting! Green Lady was a delight in it's unfolding, and The New Girl was delicious in it's ending. Statuary by T.S. Rhodes was my favorite in the who ...more
R.G. Ziemer
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable ghost stories, some of them from local authors. Strong writing from Bill Pack, TS Rhodes, and Dorey Becker. I particularly liked the historic flavor of Lynne Handy's "The Green Lady." Also bringing out local color of the South was my "Cold Nosed" favorite by Jean Rabe. Some creepy stuff and a few surprises throughout this anthology. ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great seasonal read!
Lesley Ann Campbell
Familiar Spirits is a lovely and very spooky read. It is an anthology of ghostly tales brought to life by some very talented authors.
First of all, many thanks go to Donald J. Bingle for my copy of this lovely collection to read in exchange for an honest review.
There are so many wonderful stories within this book, all of them I found to be good. Of course there were some which I preferred to others, but this is always the case with an anthology. I was pleasantly surprised that I in fact enjoyed
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw William Pack at my local library last year. He was AWESOME! He was selling books, so I bought it.

This book is a collection of "ghost" stories, but some of them center around other spooky tales.

Many of the short stories are well written and really entertaining. That being said, some of them are just "meh."

It's a short read, so I like to pick it up and skim through my favorite stories and read them around this time of year. Spooky!
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little collection of ghost stories from a variety of authors. Contains a nice range of stories ranging from the creepy and disturbing to the somewhat touching (in a way). Worth picking up if you want some good spine-chillers. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
University of Chicago Magazine
Donald J. Bingle, AB'76, JD'79

From the editor: "A darkly unsettling ghost anthology just in time for Halloween. Sometimes when the dead are laid to rest in peace, they refuse to go into that dark night. Instead, they lie in the cold earth, agitated and restless, angry about the past, conjuring up lists of wrongs to right and enemies to fright. In Familiar Spirits, you will find previously untold tales of ... rainy graveyards ... musty attics ... domestic abuse ... love unending ... speakin
I'm not a fan of short stories or the horror genre, but must give spectral love to these ghost stories, especially "The New Girl" by my sister, Kate Johnson. ...more
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Donald J. Bingle (sometimes credited as Don Bingle) is the author of Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers' group, Net Impact, a spy thriller which incorporates real-world conspiracy theories, Wet Work, the follow-up adventure to Net Impact, GREENSWORD, a dark comedy about global warming, and Forced Conversion, a military science fiction novel set in the near future. He is also ...more

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