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Whispered Echoes

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Old-school horror creeps back to life in this stunning new collection from Paul F. Olson. Featuring tales of uneasy spirits, buried secrets, dark beings, and untold mysteries, originally published in the ‘80s and ‘90s and out-of-print for decades. Whispered Echoes also features the first-ever publication of Bloodybones, a brand-new novella of loss, longing, and chilling ho ...more
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Published June 23rd 2017 by Crystal Lake Publishing (first published June 21st 2016)
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Jun 07, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This hardcover book is copy 346 of 600 signed and numbered by Paul F. Olson.
Frank Errington
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Admittedly, I have heard of Paul F. Olson, but up until now, I can't say I've read any of his work. I can happily say I've now corrected that omission. Whispered Echoes is a wonderful collection of old and new.

One bit of writerly advice I hear again and again is to write what you know. Well, Paul F. Olson knows that part of Michigan called the Upper Peninsula, the part of the state that's surrounded by three of the great lakes.

The first two-thirds of this collection is made up of some
4.5 stars!

WHISPERED ECHOES, by Paul F. Olson is a collection of eleven previously published stories, and one new novella. In the introduction, it states that this title was "meant to evoke long-lost voices from the past" . While this is true of many of Olson's earlier stories, it also pertains to the "style" of the writing itself. These stories aren't the gore-infused "splatter punk" that we see more of lately, but rather give off a more "old-fashioned" sense of horror. Whether this is merel
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent collection of short stories and one novella, the stories were written in the eighties and the novella more recently. I liked most of the tales well enough, I enjoyed the eighties vibe, and the novella reminded me somewhat of Thin Air or Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. Atmospheric and creepy, set on the chilly shores of Lake Superior, I enjoyed it very much, though felt it was let down by the ending, I know suspension of disbelief must occur with ghost stories but even with that, I was le ...more
Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
As you progress from one story to the next, the story's get better and better. Bloodybones was my favorite!!!! Reminded me of the movie Inception, a story inside a story.... Just superb! ...more
Yvonne Davies
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Having only read Indie authors for just over a year I had not had the pleasure of reading any of the author’s work. However, when I was offered the chance to read a collection of his dark horror stories in one book and being a lover of short stories, how could I say no.
Before I even got to the stories I found the introduction by Paul F Olson fascinating, how he explained the history behind the creation of some of the stories and the lengths he had go to, to get these stories to the format we al
Gregory Martin
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul F. Olson is no newcomer to the horror genre. I remember stumbling across a few of his stories in David B. Silva’s landmark genre magazine The Horror Show back in the Eighties, and found his 1989 novel The Night Prophets to be a deft mix of religious cultism and vampires. When I heard Crystal Lake Publishing was putting out a collection of Olson’s short fiction, I was excited to read it.
I’m happy to report that Whispered Echoes doesn’t disappoint. Olson possesses some fine storytelling chops
Kelly Rickard
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Journey through the heart of terror'

They are calling to you.
Do you hear them?
They are the whispered echoes of your darkest fears.

Whispered Echoes is a collection of short dark fiction.

While there are many different stories in this collection to choose from my favourite was The Visitor. A mysterious stranger comes to town every October. There is nothing special about the town and Kent Barclay stays for a month and leaves ago. Kent also leaves devastation in his wake. A simple thing of wa
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection was received free in return for an honest review from Crystal Lake Publishing.

When a collection of stories is reissued, you know it must be regarded as special by the publishers, that it is still ‘valid’ in some way. Even though this book included a brand new novella, I was still slightly sceptical, thinking that perhaps the stories might seem dated, jaded. Would stories published in the late 80s still hold up today?
Firstly, I must admit I have never read Paul F. Olson’s stories
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Review: WHISPERED ECHOES by Paul F. Olson

"Pure, uncompromising, excellence": this is my take on WHISPERED ECHOES, a retrospective-to-new collection from accomplished author Paul F. Olson. Mr. Olson's publication career has been unusual: originally published in the "good old days" of horror in the 1980's, he next took up newspaper journalism. After two decades, he returned to his lifelong love, horror. Clearly the absence did not dissipate his immense talent.

WHISPERED ECHOES is a special collect
Kevin Lucia
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, excellent, excellent. Great, human stories; strange, weird stories, inspiring, emotional. Hopefully when the Cemetery Dance limited edition sells out, it will find print elsewhere, because this should definitely stay in print. Fuller review to come.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfyingly chilling.

The book goes exactly as the introduction says it will. These are a few of Mr Olson's stories, starting from when he was quite young. At the beginning, they're good, in the middle they're better, that last story though, that is one of nightmares. It's hauntingly beautiful, it doesn't rabble on, the characters are very well written but the villain, the villain is terrifying. This book definitely deserves the five stars.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of short horror ficton.
Noelle Kelly
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this whole collection in one sitting after receiving a launch day copy! The stories were written over many years by the author and I loved the way the writer's voice differed in each tale, I also love the fact that the stories were from all different formats including floppy disks, these stories are echoes in their own right.
The opening tale The Visitor, built tension slowly, the reader is aware of something ominous about to occur and as horrific events unfold, we know that there is m
Debbi Smith
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read any of Paul F. Olson's work before but these stories really grabbed me. From mildly creepy to all out scary, these stories keep you entertained. Through the Storm has to be my favorite for the great backdrop.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and chose to read it.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's actually three and a half stars, but I didn't want to cheat it by rounding down. Overall, this is a pretty good collection of short horror stories. I didn't them really creepy or scary, but worth a read. Be ready to be left wanting more. ...more
Ann Keeran
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating anthology of twelve stories spanning thirty years of life. Some stories were written years ago, some are brand new, all are scary.
If you love horror feast on this magnificent buffet of delicacies.
The writing feels heavy handed in parts and you can tell quickly where some of the stories are going.

That criticism aside, I enjoyed most of the stories. The final three or four strongly project the ache of loss, the desire to get back something that’s never retrievable, and the horror memories can churn up. There’s definitely some home-state pride involved too. I’ve stayed & travelled through a lot of the small towns described in the book. It’s an entertaining read and worth giving a shot.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not to be missed! Check out my full review here... ...more
Lizzy  Walker
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Monster Librarian. This is a great collection of short stories by Paul F. Olson.
David Watson
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all have something we're scared of. In the back of our heads, we hear a little voice that reminds us about our darkest fears. It's like a Whispered Echo that just repeats itself over and over again. Whispered Echoes by Paul F. Olson is an anthology that looks at things that scare us so much that we never forget it. This book contains 12 stories set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula showing it as a place where strange things happen.

What's interesting about this anthology is that the stories are pr
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, horror
The Visitor- 4 stars- Who is Kent Barclay?Why do accidents always seem to follow him?

The Forever Land- 4 stars- Three kids playing in a cave what could go wrong?

Homecoming- 3 stars- Home is where the horror is in this tale.

They Came From The Suburbs- 4 stars- You will never look at the elderly cruising the shopping malls in the same way.

Through The Storm- 4 stars- What does Andys aunt Delle keep locked down in the root cellar?

The More Things Change- 3 stars- The world is changing and things will
David Royce
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One you will not forget

I want to say that all the stories in this book are exceptionally written, drawing you in to the world the author creates. But the last novella, BLOODYBONES, is worth the price of the entire collection.

There's a few tales you read that really stick with you long after you stop turning the pages. And BLOODYBONES is one such tale. The concept is simple enough but the authors writing elevates this ghost story into something that digs in to you deep and shakes you up. It's sc
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of stories. I had never heard of Paul F Olsen before I received this gorgeous book in a Cemetery Dance grab bag; it’s even signed and numbered 😱. This collection starts off with his older work and proceeds to his newest novella, Bloodybones, which was amazing. Although, I must say that “They Came From the Suburbs” has stuck with me the most, probably because of my long servitude in retail. That story just spoked to me AND spooked me.
Cyrene Olson
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I read good things about this book but I was a little disappointed at what I read. The stories didn’t impress me. That’s not to say the writing was bad it just means this book wasn’t for me. There will be fans out there of horror and mystery that will love this book. I did like one story that’s worth a read - Bloodybones that tells the story of a missing girl. It is worth a look at. Reviewed by Jennifer
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ok. A bunch of great short stories, thrilling and scary. The true nugget of greatness is the novella. It will hold you spellbound and speechless. I will not spoil it for you. You simply must read it yourself. Keep all the lights on.
Michael Morris
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid collection of horror shorts. Starts off strong with "The Visitor" and finishes strong with a new novella "Bloodybones". I didn't find the stories in between quite as good but I wouldn't say there is a bad one in the bunch. ...more
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 3.5. Lots of good stuff in here.
Swords & Spectres
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of ‘Whispered Echoes’ from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Whispered Echoes is a collection of short horror fiction written by Paul F. Olsen. Most of the pieces were originally published in the 80s and 90s (with the exception of Bloodybones, this being a new novella).

From the word go you can tell that the author is highly-skilled. His writing style is wonderful and draws you in so that even when there’s noth
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World Fantasy Award nominee Paul F. Olson has been a professional writer and editor for 35 years. His first novel, Night Prophets, was published in 1989. He is also the author of the dark suspense novel Alexander's Song, plus many short stories, essays, reviews, interviews, and other works. In the late 1980s, he published and edited Horrorstruck: The World of Dark Fantasy, a trade magazine for hor ...more

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