Hello. Today I wanted to feature a great horror book! It’s the second edition and is all sparkly and new. I have so many reviews to do (which have been outstanding for a while now), and although this is quite new to that list, I wanted to do it now because it’s the tale ending of the boo’s rerelease tour. 🙂
The author has worked hard to improve on the original version of this collection of interrelating horror tales, and I wanted to share my thoughts at the best time for her promo.
A legend awakens…
A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.
Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.
No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.
I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?
Hear that noise?
The collection includes the novelette Once upon a December Nightmare, the novella Nightmare Ever After, and the short story “Good Nightmare, Scary Monster.”
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*Firstly, let me say I give this collection a five-star rating.*
Not too surprising for those of you who know my policy on this blog, which is that if I read something over four stars, I’m likely to review it. This means I now only review (at least, on my blog) books I believe deserve four or five stars out of five. If it’s under three stars I usually stop reading because . . . life’s too short. Yes, I’m that [insert your quite possibly negative opinion here]! Sorry.
Right. No need to repeat the blurb – I’m not a fan of when folks do that because guess what? I read it already.
More interesting for me (and probably you) are reviewer’s thoughts on character depth (here, they were well-rounded, induced empathy, and intriguing), plotting (here, thoroughly thought through, kept me interested and on the edge of my seat, kept me reading till the end), and dialogue (here, relatable, sharp, believable).
Tick, tick, and tick! Cha-ching.
As well as these positive attributes, I loved how the stories met and fused to form one large tale about a monster and it’s ritual of death. I’m a huge fan of horror, and short fiction is so much easier for me to process these days, too. As someone who suffers from bipolar disorder (and so processing issues), I find reading difficult, so I have to read the book and listen to it being read while I do so, for anything to sink in.
Cognitively, reading’s hard work, hence my harsh scoring/reviewing policy. *Don’t hate me! But I love stories, so what you gonna do?
This collection worked well for me because it kept my interest and held my flagging attention. I could tackle a story at a time, picking up relatable threads of the larger story along the way. A lot less work for me *sigh* and a lot more pleasure 🙂 Course, I do love being scared by spooky tales. If you do, I reckon you’ll love it too.
Overall, kudos to Cherie for writing this fantastic collection in the first place, but also for going back and improving on it recently. I’ve done this and it’s hard work. She says (on Goodreads) she’s proud of the changes made since its original publication in 2012, and you know what? So am I 🙂
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So, have you read this collection yet? Are you a horror/suspense/mystery fan? What about the short fiction/long fiction debate: Which do you prefer?