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Marvelry's Curiosity Shop

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Retired stage magician Dr. Marvelry prefers to stock his antique store with strange and occult items. He has always enjoyed meeting odd people and hearing their stories, the legends attached to mysterious objects. A phonograph that seemingly replays a tragedy. Fertility dolls that are more than decoration. A bedeviled mannequin. These are just some of the relics this eccen ...more
Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Cemetery Gates Media
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Rebecca McNutt
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This amazingly peculiar novel reminded me of various Nineties television programs I grew up with as a kid - Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Eerie Indiana, Goosebumps and the like. Full of horrific charm, quirky characters and odd happenings, it's a book that any reader should consider checking out, and it's one I'll never forget. Like a vintage Seventies film, Marvelry's Curiosity Shop brings out the mystery in all things weird. I'm so grateful to have gotten the chance to read it, being a lover of ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This book contains 12 short-stories; each story is based around Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop and the odd and sometimes cursed artefacts that are sold in the shop. Whilst the stories are intriguing and somewhat spooky, I didn’t find them to be scary at all.


Dr. Marvelry is an odd character, through the parts of the book he comes across as not knowing that he selling cursed or haunted objects, however there are other stories where he knows what some of the objects in his shop are capable of. Despite
Frank Errington
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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I love the concept behind Brhel & Sullivan's newest book. If you're waiting for the "but," it's coming.

With nearly every story, I'm reading along, enjoying the writing and the imagination that went into the tale, and then...BANG...the reveal or twist and...that's it...over. It was almost as it the writers would get to a certain word count and then go into hurry up mode to wrap up that particular tale. I don't know, maybe it's me, but I like a little time to savor and enjoy what ju
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge
The book contains by 12 horror stories that related to the things bought or get by the Marverly’s Curiousity Shop. Marverly is a magician that now retired and open the shop. Marverly's curiosity shop full of weird and bizarre things that he collected from all around the world. Marverly is a good person and nice character that somehow all weird and scary things happened without his knowledge. He is not purposely sell things that harm people. But the spirit do different things.

Long time I don’t re
☕ Kimberly
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
The Victor Talking Machine- Kevin and Brent are out purchasing unique items for their countryside home. They stumble upon Marvelry's Curiosity Shop and meet the odd curator, who shows them a Victor Victrola player. It is in good working order and even has a Frank Sinatra album. Ecstatic they take it home and place it on an antique table in their bedroom. When Kevin is home alone, he plays it and discovers there is more hears more than just Frank. This tale was creepy with a curious twist and one ...more
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Review: MARVELRY'S CURIOSITY SHOP by John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan

A delightfully entertaining paranormal, supernatural, magical set of vignettes, tied inextricably to the illustrious Dr. Marvelry, and his gently eccentric boutique, Marvelry's Curiosity Shop, a bastion of antiques and occult marvels in New York State, owned by an acclaimed former magician.

The vignettes are delightful, suspenseful, occasionally scary. There's a firm moral caution contained here as well: "Don't mess with something
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

oh Dr. Marvelry! this book was lots of fun. it's a collection of short stories all tied together by Dr. Marvelry or purchases made at his shop. The stories are fun, not really scary, and interesting. I pictured Dr. Marvelry as Vincent Price and this as a tv show in the early 90's. it's definitely worth a read! :)
Dez Nemec
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, horror
I bought this book because it was on sale, and because it sounded like an 80s tv show - like Friday the 13th: The Series or Tales from the Darkside. And this shop sounds just like the place I would love to go. They have skeleton keys made out of real skeleton, a toy guillotine, a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll, vintage Weird Tales magazines, postcards of classic freak shows, and animal skulls. I'd totally buy any of those - and have bought some of them!

The book includes stories like: two me
Reading Bifrost
“So, you must be Dr. Marvel-ree?” asked Brent.
Marvelry spen around. “Why, yes. But it’s pronounced ‘Marvel-rye,’ no need for ‘doctor,’ and the accent’s on the ‘eye.’”

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop in an anthology of short stories focused around a small shop that belongs to a retired magician, Marvelry. As a former world traveler, and a man with many connections, Marvelry has obtained quite a few strange and mystical objects that he sells in his shop.

Each story is about a different item in the sho
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I really loved the premise of this book; it reminded me of a childhood series "Magic Shop Books" by Bruce Coville, but an updated adult version. I was not disappointed in that; these tales were all a bit creepy at heart and I read through them very quickly.

I did have two issues with the book. The first is in the character of Dr. Marvelry; he was not very consistent. In some stories, he was empathetic towards people, merely a stage magician, and completely naive of the power in the items in his
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I read the first several chapters of MARVELRY'S CURIOSITY SHOP, it seemed more like I was reading a collection of vignettes built around a single, singular character binding the disparate tales together. There never actually seems to be a timeline or continuity from one chapter to the next; however, subtle clues are sprinkled throughout. It is, no doubt, an interesting way of getting the story told. Dr. Marvelry, our protagonist, does finally get his story told in an appendix-like newspaper a ...more
Shari Sakurai
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *

This novel is a collection of 12 short stories which centre around Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop which is a second hand store unlike no other – in that your purchase could kill you! The short stories are either unsuspecting customers dealing with the consequences of their purchases, being connected to a customer in some way or Marvelry’s own experiences.

This is very well thought-out and put together collection of tales. Short story tel
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Submitted for your approval of the now adult Midnight Society....

This book reminded me so much of a more adult version of the classic 90's kid's show Are You Afraid of the Dark. Marvelry is much like Sardo in that he was an antique collector with a shop full of curiosities. Each item had a back story and a little bit of weirdness that come with it. There's even a fun exchange at the beginning of the first story:

"It's Marvel-RYE, not Marvel-REE. No Doctor. Accent on the RYE."
Ahem, Sardo, anyone?
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marvelry's Curiosity Shop is a collection of spooky short stories that I found very entertaining and well written. Much like "Tales From Valleyview Cemetery," the authors' first collection, each story here is thrilling enough as a stand alone tale, but the entire collection comes together when read as a whole. Many of the stories contain repeating characters, intertwined plot lines, and recurring locations or supernatural elements. Each tale is about a different item from a mysterious pawn shop ...more
Jeff Raymond
Growing up, like many kids, I had an affinity for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, complete with their creepy illustrations and stuff teachers hated. I know they rebooted them a few years back, and I don't know if they're still as crazy popular as they were in my classes, but they occupy a very firm spot in my memories.

Marvelry's Curiosity Shop bills itself as a collection of strange tales all centered around supernatural items sold from his shop. By the third story in, I couldn't
Yamna Rashid
Thank you to the author for an ebook of this novel in exchange for an honest review

I have been lucky enough this year; most of the books that I have read have turned out well. It's even better that a lot of the books that I received from the authors were so good and some of them have even become my favorites. I am glad that I gave this book a chance. As my rating indicates, Marvelry's Curiosity Shop was a very fun read. Magic has always been a favorite topic of books for me and the fact that
Mandy Walkden-Brown
A very well written and enjoyable read.
An intriguing mix of intertwined stories centering on Dr. Marvelry's shop and its supernaturally endowed objects.
Following the diverse group of customers as they encountered the, mostly unwelcome, gifts bestowed upon them by the items procured from the shop made for a suspenseful read.
The characters are full of life and both they and each of their experiences with the cursed objects are vividly described.
The authors have managed a pleasing balance of fa
Aila Stephens
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had high hopes for Marvelry's Curiosity Shop, and was not disappointed. The character--and I do mean character--at the center of it all, Dr. Marvelry, earned a place high on my list of favorite literary characters from the moment he first spoke. I wasn't sure whether I should love him so much so quickly because the jury was still out on just how sinister he might be. However, it soon didn't matter. I was hooked on him, his shop, and couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

The journeys his
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received this ebook free from the For Love of a Book group and from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a quick, quirky read comprised of several short stories. It reminded me of Tales From The Crypt or the 80's tv show Friday the 13th. Each story was centered on a conflict in the life of the characters which was only exacerbated by the introduction of an object purchased at Mr. Marvelry's Curiosity Shop. I would recommend this book for fans of the aforementioned tv shows an
C.A. King
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
You can find my full review on my Goodreads blog.
Natalie Rix
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book of short stories set around the premise of a shop of curiosities owned by a curious character named Dr. Marvelry. Most of the stories are tales set from the viewpoints of customers who unwittingly purchase hexed or haunted items from Dr. Marvelry’s shop, resulting in paranormal, bizarre and often disastrous occurrences. The occult objects act as an interesting device to reveal the intentions, desires and weaknesses of the customers. I think the stories are well written and I e ...more
Kay Oliver
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories is so creative, unique and fun. Every story centers on something with Marvelry- the strange and powerful antiques sold at his store, he himself who was one the greatest magician in the world and his strange band of friends. I enjoyed each tale, but there was one thing missing from each one which is why a fifth star is missing on my rating- horror. Not a single story in this collection had even a hint of horror to it.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

John Brhel and J. Sullivan's Marvelry's Curiosity Shop is a delightful combination of fantasy, dark fantasy and horror elements. It's a book that consists of twelve episodes featuring different strange and occult items. Each of the episodes can be read separately, but together they form a highly entertaining and enjoyable narrative and you can see how they interlink with each other.

Marvelry's Curiosity Shop was a very pleasant surprise for me. When I began to
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and intelligently written

I really enjoyed reading this book. The stories are unpredictable and engaging. 8 more words are required to complete this book review.
John A. Covington
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, Quick read

I enjoyed the short stories and how they all tied together. Believable for a retired magician! Nice for short stories.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of the weird and bizarre
The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite shows ever. I’ve watched season after season, over and over, year after year. It never gets old for me. I’m attracted to short, weird tales that manage to enthrall and shock me in 30 minutes or less. Likewise, I also enjoy short story collections for the same reason. Bite-sized stories of suspense and the unexplained will always have a place on my bookshelf.

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop, by John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan, is one such collection of stories. 12
David Dubrow
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop is an anthology of horror short stories written by John Brhel and J. Sullivan, who write under their Cemetery Gates Media imprint. In theme, the collection is reminiscent of the Friday the 13th: The Series television show from the late 1980’s, with each story focused on an object bought from the titular establishment. If you’re looking for blood and gore, cosmic horror, or screams of terrible agony, you won’t find them here: the entire collection would get a PG-13 ratin ...more
Kat Dietrich
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marvelry's Curiosity Shop by John Brhel & Joseph Sullivan is a collection of 12 short stories, all based around an antique store run by retired stage magician Dr. Julian Marvelry.

Dr. Marvelry stocks some strange items which he has found on his travels. Some of the items in his store have "history", and their magic often finds a way to make itself known to its new owners. When buying something from Dr. Marvelry, you may get more than you bargained for, and in some cases, it may be the last th
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was fun to read, reminding me a lot of the kinds of books my friends and I enjoyed as teens.

There are twelve short stories in all, which lean more toward spooky than horrifying, and most are about customers who buy items from Marvelry's Curiosity Shop. Each of the items they buy either does something strange or has some strange effect on the purchaser, and few of the stories turn out well. There are also a couple of tales that take place in the shop itself, involving Dr. Marvelry or h
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
What a great age we live in when you can be contacted on Twitter and asked to review a book by someone on the other side of the planet, which is then sent directly to your Kindle ready for you to read.

You can argue all day regarding the pros and cons of e-readers but you can't deny that it has given aspiring writers a platform to have their work published and access to a worldwide audience.

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