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Cold Comforts by Marianne Halbert
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really liked it
bookshelves: horror

Cold Comforts is a solid collection of morbid tales. The horror is the slow creep, quieter kind which is the type of horror I was craving after reading a few too many squishy tales, not there’s anything wrong with those because I love them (maybe a little too much for my own good!), but sometimes it’s nice to kick back with something a little less in your face.

The collection starts out with WHEN BETSY WHISPERS which ended up being my absolute favorite and is worthy of all five stars. It’s an eerie coming of age tale, of sorts. To say too much is to ruin the story. It’s SO unique and the prose is strangely sensual and beautiful and completely captivating. It’s dark as hell, sinister and lovely. This is the stuff I adore and you must all read it.

As with all collections, I loved some stories and I liked others. I’m going to focus on the ones I liked the most. Here they are:

PAPA’S WRENCH AND THE WINDCHIME is another great one. If creepy kids freak you out and you like that freaky feeling, you have to read this one. It’s about a strange brood of children who live in a dilapidated house. It’s super peculiar and it’s quite fantastic.

LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE features a man learning to maneuver his way through a soul-sucking job who gets a little help from a young lady. This one was beautifully evil. Such good stuff here.

LUXOR DECANTED is another beautifully told story. It’s about a cursed relic, its horrific backstory, and the vacationing couple who become ensnared in its darkness. This one is creeptastic.

HOUSING THE HOLLYGOBS features two young cousins who learn that honoring their gramma’s wishes is the single most important thing! This was another slow-burning creepy little darling of a story. Loved it. It felt like a very dark fairytale.

ADVERSE POSSESSION is about a dude named Willard who buys a new house that comes with an easement and responsibilities. Responsibilities that he feels he can scoot around. Well Willard, let me tell ya, shirking your duties is not a good plan and never a good plan in a book like this! But some guys just aren’t that bright now, are they? Willard is one of those guys and he gets what he gets and he deserves it, haha!

A BONE TO PICK is the last story in the collection and it was a heartbreaker and that’s all I’m going to say.

This was a great mix of dark fiction that was well written and none of the stories felt repetitive. I can easily recommend it if you’re looking for some quiet creeps!
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Reading Progress

November 13, 2019 – Shelved
November 13, 2019 – Shelved as: to-be-reviewed
June 18, 2020 – Started Reading
June 20, 2020 –
8.0% "When Betsy Whispers is the first short story in this collection. The prose is strangely sensual and you’ll know what I mean you read it. And you must read it. Sinister and lovely. This is the stuff I adore. I can’t wait to dig into the rest 😊"
June 22, 2020 –
18.0% "Papa’s Wrench and the Wind chime is the second story. It’s about an eerie brood of kids who live in a dilapidated house where some strange shit is probably happening. This is an odd family and a peculiar little story."
June 23, 2020 –
33.0% "Like Riding a Bicycle
A man learns to maneuver his way through a soul sucking job with a little nudge from a young lady. This was beautifullly evil 😈

Luxor Decanted
Oof this is a story of a cursed relic and its horrific backstory and the vacationing couple who meet their destiny 😳. This was dark and super creepy."
June 24, 2020 –
June 28, 2020 –
99.0% "This was a solid collection of dark tales. A review will come when my brain returns to me."
July 5, 2020 – Finished Reading
July 9, 2020 – Shelved as: horror

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