Tales From The Mist

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TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages. More

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Published: Sep. 25, 2012
Words: 79,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301413812

Reviews

Review by: Mary Morgan on Oct. 22, 2012 : star star star
Horror stories are not what they used to be, especially because audiences are either easy or difficult to please. A supernatural story might frighten a reader or listener for days while others might find it boring and predictable. While reading Tales of the Mist, I found myself thinking just a little of Edgar Allan Poe. Some of the stories seemed a tad reminiscent of his works. A century ago people found his work chilling as well as beautifully written. Today only a handful of young adults know how to appreciate his masterpieces, the rest depend on visuals such as horror films and TV shows.

For me as a reviewer, when I see words like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, witches, etc., I'll be honest in saying that none of them frighten me anymore. They have been used time and time again and are now mostly associated with teen paranormal romance or adult erotica. If a writer reinvented them, then I would find worth in exploring the stories further. The best horror stories are those that start with immediate action and never stop moving with suspense, and yes they are not easy to write, most certainly when it comes to short stories. Regarding Tales of the Mist, I do find good storytelling in the book, especially In A Beginning which I found humorous and clever, but aside from that, it takes a lot more to scare a person like me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mythical Press on Oct. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
Each story in this collection of creepy tales grabbed me from the first line and didn't let go until the end! They aren't scary in a don't-read-this-before-bed way, but are more creepy in a remember-it-long-after way. "Haste" by Catie Rhodes was a twisted look at a woman's revenge on a cheating husband - and its dire consequences. "The Consuming" by Rhonda Hopkins is the perfect example of gothic horror, when a woman's skepticism of a haunted house is her downfall. "The King of Rats" is a cute story about a wild rat (I love rodents!) clinging to a tenuous leadership who's ruthless and violent, yet still sympathetic. Mitzi Flyte's "To E.A. Poe" was one of the creepiest, probably because I guessed the ending yet couldn't stop reading. Other stories deal with ghosts, witches, vampires, and demons, and each one pulled me right in and held me until the creepy end. And a note to the easily-squicked-out: these are not slasher stories; there is not a lot of gore. If you like paranormal intrigue, I highly recommend Tales from the Mist!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: PJ Sharon on Oct. 17, 2012 : star star star star star
I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but when I picked this up, I found myself engrossed in each and every tale that I read. From the spine tingling folk lore of Scott Nicholson’s Wampus Cat to Catie Rhodes graphic realism with a twist of humor in Haste, I thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of each story. Tamara Ward’s Jade O’Reilly and The Graveyard Shift had me looking over my shoulder at the creeks from my floorboards and Rhonda Hopkins story The Consuming made me wonder if my own house held secrets I had yet to discover. The King of Rats by Greg Carrico gave me a peek into the creepy world of fantasy with animal characters that came to life on the page, while Mitzi Flyte’s ode to Edgar Allen Poe revived the terror I once experienced while reading the work of the master himself. Meredith Bond’s chilling account of Lilith’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden story called In A Beginning gave me pause to ask the question, “What if?” Natalie Owens paints a grim picture of the line between reality and the voices in our heads in An Inconvenient Debt, and Lizzie Starr takes on Death and vampires in her frightening Dead Lily Blooms. Not to be forgotten, witches and ghosts are given their due in Stacey Joy Netzels, Beneath Still Waters, a story that will be a campfire favorite for me in the future. If I forgot to mention any authors, it’s not because I’ve forgotten their stories. They were all great! The stories were well-written and gave me a taste of each author’s unique style which I think is the whole point of anthologies like this. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy future full-length novels from any of these talented authors. I made the terrifying mistake of reading these stories while home alone at night in a big old farmhouse out in the woods…I highly recommend you do the same.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheila Seabrook on Oct. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
The Tales From The Mist anthology is spooky and creepy and filled with thrills and chills. While horror isn’t my normal reading material, I found I couldn’t put this book down. It’s the perfect way to start out the All Hallows Eve season and is filled with paranormal stories to fit any mood. From ghosts to rats to tales retold, and things that go bump in the dark of the night, if you’re looking for a scary read – or just a really engrossing book – check out Tales From The Mist. You’ll have a screaming good time!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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