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Overall, a very good collection of straight-up ghost stories & some that are mere haunting stories. They flowed together very well, at times almosOverall, a very good collection of straight-up ghost stories & some that are mere haunting stories. They flowed together very well, at times almost too well to distinguish, with an overlapping feeling of wistful melancholia.
The Black Cat - Edgar Allan Poe: 4*, ooooh this one is f**cked up! Secret Life, with Cats - Audrey Niffenegger: 4* Pomegranate Seed - Edith Wharton: 4* The Beckoning Fair One - Oliver Onions: 3*, a bit long, but a slow creeper The Mezzotint - M.R. James: 5* Honeysuckle Cottage - P.G. Wodehouse: 5*, Hilarious! Click-Clack the Rattlebag - Neil Gaiman: 5*, short and not-very-sweet They - Rudyard Kipling: 4*, bittersweet Playmates - A.M. Burrage: 3* The July Ghost - A.S. Byatt, 3* Laura - Saki: 3*, pretty funny The Open Window - Saki: 4*, a classic The Specialist's Hat - Kelly Link: 3*, creepy Tiny Ghosts - Amy Giacalone, 3* The Pink House - Rebecca Curtis, 3*, kind of long & goofy but chilling towards the end! August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains - Ray Bradbury: 5* ...more
I gave this anthology to my 13 year-old niece for Christmas. It looked absolutely perfect for her & she zoomed right through it and loved it.
She'sI gave this anthology to my 13 year-old niece for Christmas. It looked absolutely perfect for her & she zoomed right through it and loved it.
She's anxious for me to hurry up and read it so she can re-read it again.
~Moriabe's Children by Paolo Bacigalupi: Lyrical and creepy,(krakens!), 4* ~Old Souls by Cassandra Clare: This one felt unfinished, 2* ~Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler by Holly Black: Tinges of Firefly, very fun!, 4* ~Quick Hill by M.T. Anderson: Melancholy and beautiful, 4* ~The Diabolist by Nathan Ballingrud: Also melancholy, interesting, 3* ~The Whole Demoning Thing by Patrick Ness: Amusing, great idea 3* ~Wings in the Morning by Sarah Rees Brennan: I loved this one! Funny with adventure & schoolwork. Someone reminded me of a young Captain Jack Harkness just a bit, 5* ~Left Foot, Right by Nalo Hopkinson: Poignant, 3* ~The Mercurials by G. Carl Purcell: Mysterious, unique, a bit dis-jointed, or at least my reading of it was, 3* ~Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography by Dylan Horrocks: Excellent title, I loved the band names, quick ending, 4* ~Son of Abyss by Nik Houser: So very dark; The notes at the end of the anthology state the author is expanding this story into a novel, I would definitely read it!, 4* ~A Small Wild Magic by Kathleen Jennings: Done in comic-strip style, 3* ~The New Boyfriend by Kelly Link: I thought this was very inventive, 4* ~The Woods Hide in Plain Sight by Joshua Lewis: Vampire alert, 3* ~Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They are Terrifying by Alice Sola Kim: Funny, creepy, an absolute page-turner. Fantastic story to end the collection, 5*
An excellent collection of monster stories, lots of variety here.