Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Title: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Writer: Various edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: September 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.’’ If we substitute the word ‘’witch’’ with the word ‘’woman’’, we will be able to understand the reasons and…

Chinese Ghost Stories

Title: Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Lafcadio Hearn Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication:  September 10th 2011 (first published 1887) Rating:  4 stars “You will ask me who she was-beautiful Xue Tao…Gor thousands of years and even longer, the trees have been whispering over her stony bed. And the syllables of her name reach…

A Promise Stitched In Time

Title: A Promise Stitched In Time Writer: Colleen Rowan Kosinski Publishing House: Schiffer Publishing Date of Publication: September 28th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a promise. Promises have to be kept.’’ What can one find in an antique shop…Objects graced with the beauty of a bygone era. Trinkets that once held sentimental value. Expensive creations of the past….

Dance, Gladys, Dance

Title: Dance, Gladys, Dance Writer: Cassie Stocks Publishing House: NeWest Press Date of Publication: May 1st 2012 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Five steps to an Ordinary Life:   Get a real job. Stop seeing the world as a series of potential paintings. Learn how to talk about the weather. Do the things that normal people do. Figure out what normal people actually…

The Hoarder

Title: The Hoarder Writer: Jess Kidd Publishing House: Canongate Books Date of Publication:  February 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A dead mouse curled in a teacup, a headless ceramic dray horse, a mannequin’s pink severed limb: that sort of thing. I have a morbid bent. ‘’ It would be extremely useful if each one of us had a power squad…

The House in The Hills

Title: The House In The Hills Writer: Rowan Hanlon Publishing House: Reverberator Books Date of Publication: June 5th 2018 Rating: 1 star You know, sometimes the book industry reminds me of today’s Hollywood. They lack the stories and the scriptwriters, resorting to an absurd recycling of the success of the past, creating ridiculous remakes that wouldn’t even achieve a…

The Silent Companions

Title: The Silent Companions Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am not dead.’’ Goodness me! How can I write a coherent (and non-spoilery) review on a book that has stayed with me, haunting me (no pun intended) ever since I started reading? A novel that has definitely made it…

The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden)

Title: The Ghosts (The Amazing Mr Blunden) Writer: Antonia Barber Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: January 1st 1969 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Perhaps the strangest thing about the old gentleman was his upright walking, unbothered by the freezing raindrops.’’ Every summer, I revisit favourite books of my childhood. Most of them are children’s mysteries or…

Springtime

Title: Springtime Writer: Michelle De Kretser Publishing House: Allen & Unwin Date of Publication: October 22nd 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I was small, going home past the forest at the end of the summer evening, I used to see shining people between the trees.’’ My first experience with Michelle De Kretser’s work was her atmospheric, tender historical novel…

Bird Box

Title: Bird Box Writer: Josh Malerman Publishing House: Ecco Date of Publication: March 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”There are things out there that will hurt you.” Even though thrillers aren’t among my favourite reads, this one had all the right ingredients. A mix of Dystopian Fiction with a healthy dose of Paranormal and two extremely interesting main characters. It was creepy…

The Angry Ghost and Other Stories

Title:The Angry Ghost and Other Stories Writer: Peter Spokes Publishing House: Troubadour Publishing Date of Publication: February 28th 2018 Rating:2 stars ‘’Well, here we are again’’…, I started, ‘’…to share tales of the macabre, stories of ghostly happenings and narratives of things dark and beyond the grave.’’ This is a beautiful quote included in the first story of…

The Winter Ghosts

Title: The Winter Ghosts Writer: Kate Mosse Publishing House: Paragon Publishers Date of Publication: October 23rd 2014 (first published January 6th 2010) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Bones and shadows and dust. I am the last. The others have slipped away into darkness. Around me now, at the end of my days, only an echo in the still air of the memory of…

Burnt Offerings

Title: Burnt Offerings Writer: Robert Marasco Publishing House: Valancourt Books Date of Publication: March 17th 2015 (first published 1973) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Drive by the house you’re interested in at night, I say. Watch the windows. See if anybody’s watching for you there. And then drive home with the dome light on, and check that back seat as often…

The Silent Land

Title: The Silent Land Writer: Graham Joyce Publishing House: Anchor Date of Publication: November 1st 2010 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Once I had a dream and in the dream I went to bed and fell asleep and was dreaming. And I knew I was dreaming inside a dream. Do you think it’s like that? Do you?’’ I’ve always thought that the…

The Winter People

 Title: The Winter People   Writer: Jennifer McMahon   Publishing House: Anchor  Date of Publication: February 11th 2014  Rating: 3 stars “Sometimes they’re angry. They hate being stuck.” This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for stories with supernatural twists. The title and…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…

The Daylight Gate

Title: The Daylight Gate Writer: Jeanette Winterson Publishing House: Hammer Date of Publication: August 16th 2012 Rating: 5 stars (The beautiful city of Lancaster -image source: https://www.ilh.com/countries/england/lancashire) ‘’Stand on the flat top of Pendle Hill and you can see everything of the county of Lancashire. Some say you can see other things too. This is a haunted place. The living and…

Eight Ghosts…..

Title: Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories Writers: Sarah Perry, Jeanette Winterson, Andrew Michael Hurley, Mark Haddon, Kamila Shamsie, Stuart Evers, Kate Clanchy, Max Porter edited by Rowan Routh Publishing House: September Publishing Publication Date:  September 28th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is melancholy in lights glimpsed from a distance’’, she said, ‘’A party to which one has not been invited.’’…

Haunted Nights…

 Title: Haunted Nights Writer: A Horror Writers Association Anthology edited by Elen Datlow and Lisa Morton Publishing House: Anchor Books Publication Date: October 3rd 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” “With graveyard weeds and wolfsbane seeds, and empty graves all in a row.” Who would pass a book entitled Haunted Nights? Would you…