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Christopher Pike
The Secret Path - Book 1 of Spooksville by Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is one of those authors that all teenagers should be familiar with. As he wrote the series Chain Letter, The last Vampire, and Remember Me in addition to a multitude of Teen Classics. In my opinion some of his best work is the lesser known children’s horror series Spooksville. These short imaginative stories can be read as stand alone novels to the readers immense enjoyment, but when you read the story from start to finish you are totally immersed in a fun but scary world full of magic and unknown that every child dreams of.

H.P. Lovecraft ed. S.T. Joshi
The Dreams in the Witch House And Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

For me, a lack of development can be excused in shorter pieces where getting the readers skin crawling is more important, but from “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” onward the stories go on and on, feeling more like an encyclopedia; fact after fact. This attention to detail could be good for creating a new world for a novel, but the longer stories fall short. I did enjoy the earlier stories, but on the whole, I need much more character in the longer pieces to justify their length, or I would have liked to see them hacked down to a more manageable length.

K.J. Kabza
Everyday Weirdness - Get a little weird every day

Are you dieing for a dark macabre tale of the afterlife? If so then look no further then Forever in Heaven by author K.J. Kabza. This short flash fiction will instill an idea that will dig deep roots in your imagination bringing your darkest thoughts to the surface as you picture every grotesque image the story invokes. All the more enjoyable if you have a dark sense of humor.

John Meaney
Bone Song by John Meaney

Donal Riordan is a lieutenant in the police dept of Tristopolis. A moral man who believes in what he does and takes his job seriously never taking short cuts and double checking every detail. That is why he is chosen to protect the opera diva Maria da Livnova who will be performing in the city, for their has been a string of murders of artists throughout the world all with their corpses stolen and used for some unknown but despicable purpose.

Steven Whitfield
Horror Bound Magazine

Witch’s Cemetery is a short but satisfying tale of dispassionate revenge. The tale commences with the main character Brian taking a solitary journey to an old cemetery on a dreary October day. Slowly the details of his life and the trauma he has undergone unfold as he digs up the grave of a Miss Karen Allen, a witch who has been dead since the late 1800s. What dark magic does he seek to unleash with the help of his wife and her coven.