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The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Graves Grove isn’t your ordinary town…

Nestled within the folds of the Canadian Rockies, Graves Grove probably isn’t the picturesque place you’d like to stay for long. Peculiar things happen here. The citizens seem normal superficially—they function well enough. But each one is deeply disturbed, wrapped in secrets and neuroses which drive them to strange behaviors.

And t
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by BHC Press
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Christi M
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
In April of 1880, Samuel Graves and his followers arrived in British Columbia, where they established the town known as Graves Grove. However, most of his followers probably didn’t know that Samuel was dedicating this town a being called Talakoth. This collection of short stories tells of only some of the events that occurred there.


The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is a collection of 22 short stories that are in the realm of mild horror or have a supernatural feel to them. At the begi
Samantha Gonsalves
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Completely different from the genre I enjoy reading The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove was a compelling and spooky read for me. This book left me immersed in a fascinating and creepy world of ghosts, demons, evil fairies, vamps, shifters, haunted forests, and Jikininkis. Graves Grove in British Columbia, Canada has a pretty despairing history of resident children going missing. Not one or two, but hundreds of children have gone missing over the years without any explanation and never been found ...more
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collections
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is an interesting anthology. Think Tales of the Cryptkeeper- slightly bizarre, varied in styles, and also simplistic and kinda humorous in storyline.

It's set in the small, lonely town of Graves Grove, British Columbia. First of all, my Canadian heart is so down for this. Graves Grove is just not right- it seems to drive some people crazy..

It's really pretty well done. Each story is centered around one horror in the town, and while each horror is different,
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
As soon as I saw the cover I knew this book would be coming on vacation with me. That old tree could not be a more perfect representative for this anthology, That sycamore is featured throughout the stories and is practically one of the main characters. All the tales take place in Graves Grove, a picturesque town with a dark past and a pervasive evil that still thrives to this day. One of my favorite characters who pops up in multiple stories is Copper the town stray dog. He belongs to everyone ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Graves Grove. Nestled somewhere in western British Columbia, a quintessential quiet small town. Thoroughly steeped in weird. From its founder, the mysterious Graves himself, who apparently hailed from Virginia, only no one’s ever heard of him there to its denizens to its strange Graves planted tree to its sartorially peculiar Graves statue to its missing children. Graves Grove is a town of secrets and mysteries. Graves Grove is strange. These are the tales of Graves Grove. They may ex ...more
The stories were hit and miss for me, but overall an enjoyable read. See my full review on my blog:
Shawn Remfrey
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
Even though I'm not a huge fan of anthologies, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Bailey sets the stage with the first story, giving the origins of the town and the mysterious tree. After that, the stories skip around in time, but they're all cohesive. It almost feels like they've each been given a cheat sheet of specific characters and parts of the town and then were able to use their creative freedom from there. Each story reads from a different person's perspective, but we have the same creepy ca ...more
J.E. Reed
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. There were a few times I read this before bed and found myself hesitant to get up. It is a collection of short stories with different characters that all center on the same town. It seems as though every paranormal entity lives here along with an evil tree that eats children. Yes you read that right, an evil tree.
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Another anthology, tied together by place this time. As always, anthologies are a mixed bag. I suggest reading only a few at a time and reading something else between. It helps with the disjointed feeling of the stories.
J.S. Bailey
Oct 13, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I had the pleasure of writing part of the backstory for this multi-author horror/comedy anthology as well as three of the stories that appear therein. Read it...if you dare!
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
This wonderful Canadian Horror anthology I read in a one-sitting, "I can't stop now," session. Seamlessly interwoven by multiple authors, the anthology relates the life and times of a small inbred community in the Canadian Rockies, in a forested rural valley in rural British Columbia. Founded in 1880 by one Samuel Madsen Graves, the community revolves around the sycamore he planted. The setting and stories I found delightfully Lovecraftian. Certainly every single story is a winner, and the concl ...more
Grant Leishman
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is an anthology of dark and scary short –stories with a difference. When the creators of this anthology called for submissions, they stipulated that all stories must revolve around the mythical town of Graves Grove, a small town in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. The town was unique in many ways, in that it appeared to be a nexus or a meeting place for all sorts of paranormal activity, be it vampires, fai
David Justiss
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm about half way through (EDIT: Finished now) and really like this collection so far. The first story sets the stage well with the founding of the town of Graves Grove by a madman who roots the town in evil from its beginning. The constant setting, Lovecraftian flavor, and creepy feel of these stories make them flow together, despite being by different authors and being set in different times. The main characters are the town itself and the tree on the cover. "The Summerfield Horror" especiall ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is a decent book. The premise of creating a novel out of a series of short stories is interesting and unique within itself. Each story has its own sense of horror and intrigue that, no matter which way the story goes, it always leads back to the mystery of Graves Grove and it’s founder, Samuel Graves.

I find that there is a set base of characters that reside within and give the town it’s own strange qualities with their own distinct mannerisms. Each of these p
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is a perfect anthology for the Halloween season, or really any time of the year. This was a great read for right before bed. I could finish one story if I was tired, or read a few more if I wasn’t ready to close my eyes yet. Each story was unique and had a sense of dread or horror, but still tied in perfectly with the rest of the stories.

The way the editors, J.S. Bailey and Kelsey Keating were able to pull together all the stories from all the different author
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of weird TV like Twin Peaks, Stranger Things
Man oh man oh man....I loved this book! The story of a little village settled by a madman and his followers in an isolated valley in the mountains, told in vignettes as the years and the decades go by. The story told by the founder Samuel Graves, by the residents of Graves Grove, by visitors, by creatures and monsters that live or pass through there and by those who had to deal with all or any of the above. Graves Grove's two icons are the bronze statue of Samuel Graves, which somehow changes it ...more
Alison C
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove," edited by J. S. Bailey and Kelsey Keating, is a collection of stories set in the fictional town of Graves Grove, British Columbia, which is founded by a crazy American beholden to a Lovecraftian ancient god called Talakoth. The stories are by various authors, who use each others’ characters in their own stories, as in a mosaic novel. But the stories are all over the place - funny, horrific, dealing with vampires and fairies and ghosts (with ghostbusters inc ...more
This book was provided by Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available on October thirteenth.

If Twin Peaks had a more horror-based neighboring town, Graves Grove would be it. Bizarre and creeptastic, this shiver-inducing collection of short stories is a blast to read. I love reading stories that have a common thread, but still showcase each author’s individual style. That’s what this collection did: while all the tales were part of a larger narrative, each one was individua
Sarah Z
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy fr9m the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of supernatural and strange stories occurring in a small fictional town in British Columbia was perfect for the halloween season. Though not always spooky, each story had its own little twist and contribution in explaining certain mysteries surrounding the town. I also thought it was fantastic that even though each story was written by a different author, that everyone managed to maintain consist
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

So when I first started the story I was kind of not getting into it. Yet, by the second story, I found myself flipping the pages to find out just how different and unique this town truly is. Graves Grove is not your normal town. Things happen here, people disappear, a statue changes outfits every day, the supernatural is among the people. Yet, no one can really explain why. This town was founded in the 1800s and it has been weird ever s
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short horror stories, but it is a sort of concept album: The editors created the town of Graves Grove, gave it a short backstory, and then said Go! Every story is set there, there are some repeating characters, and an assortment of various supernatural beings. As with any anthology, there are some stories that were rather weak, and others that were good- a couple very good. Depending on what your taste is in supernatural and horror, you will surely find something enjoyabl ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This anthology clearly is an anthology. Still, the writers did a very good job in consistency. The details of the characters that came up in more than one story all fit together, and all stories together do not build, but grow the complete picture of Graves Grove and it's sycamore tree.

I am glad that I could enjoy the view and spookyness of this little Canadian town. It seems that I, unlike many, was able to leave. At least, let's first find out if I can get it out of my head too. Perhaps I'm me
This is an anthology of horror shorts, written by different authors. The twist though, is that there is a central theme: the town of Graves Grove.
I think it’s a cool concept to plan a book with an arc and a detailed list of characters and request others to build the town narrative. So cool!

The short stories were very short and entertaining. I would like to see a longer novel that perhaps braids some of these shorter narratives into a true story in the future.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love horror anthologies so I was super excited to read this. I never expect to love every single story in a book of shorts and that’s okay. What matters to me more is what I take from the experience overall. This was a fun, imaginative take about a town overcome with hauntings, disappearances, and strange events. I mean I don’t know what else you would expect from a place named Graves Grove honestly. This was a fun, easy read perfect for when fall hits.
Kathy Carberry
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing assortment of horror tales that sound like the old days, but are totally modern. Each of them gave me just the right amount of chills and thrills. While the tales are very different, this collection puts me in mind of some of Poe's greatest work., And that's huge. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for gothic horror, or well crafted horror in general. Check this one out. You won't be disappointed.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GOODNESS, I WAS SCARED TO DEATH BY MOST OF THESE BOOKS! I can't believe that a tree planted by a man years ago fertilized in his own blood could control a village that turn into Graves Grove, Canada and I sure am glad that's it a fictionalized place, OR I HOPE IT IS. Author after author tells a gripping story, some I liked and some I didn't like, but it was needed to tell the story. I'll let you be the judge!
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A creepy anthology centered around the bizarre town of Graves Grove. Each story is written by a different author and each one is about a different horror in or about the town. An old factory housing a mutant, a Sycamore that eats children, and numerous other things that go bump in the night. Each story was unique, some were downright creepy, others were a bit humerus. An enjoyable read!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely an imaginative grouping of stories, and the individuals putting together the anthology did a great job of keeping the storylines related, and tying the entire book together from finish to end. Some of the stories did get a little repetitive, but they were all unique, short, and fun to read. Great read.
InD'tale Magazine
This town drives a few of the locals a bit crazy.

Read full review in the 2018 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of Canadian horror short-stories. Some were creepier than other but the general level is quite high.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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J. S. Bailey enjoys writing eerie tales of the supernatural that keep readers on the edges of their seats. She has published six novels and twenty-one short stories, with more on the way. Bailey is fond of long walks in the woods, British television, and lots of burritos. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and cats.

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