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Quill & Candle by Scott  Thomas
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Oct 19, 2010

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Reminiscent of gothic fiction, with ghost stories similar to Henry James’s Turn of the Screw and Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Scott Thomas’s short story compilation Quill & Candle is a refreshing read, jam-packed full of spine-tingling classic ghost stories, setting their stages in the late 1700s early 1800s New England. Before each tale, Thomas annotates the state and the year that the haunting, murder, vampire awakening, ghastly presence, or myriad of other spooky events that took place.
Thomas’s writing style is incredibly detailed and beautiful, artfully creating the mood in each of his stories immediately. He knows his landscape and he knows the time period extremely well, which gives the stories an authenticity that could easily have the reader believing these are true ghost stories having been passed down through the generations and finally put to paper. His tales are best read in dim light, with howling wind, and the sounds of the house settling. Just in time for Halloween, Quill & Candle is a delightful read that has put Scott Thomas on my radar for future personal purchases.
Highly recommended for an adult horror collection, but is easily accessible to a YA audience as well.
Reviewed by Kelly Fann
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