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Erin Cole has work published in various electronic and print publications, such as Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine, Dark Eclipse, Aoife's Kiss, Burial Day Books, MicroHorror, Liquid Imagination, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Eschatology, Bards & Sages Quarterly, and has more work forthcoming in Fantasy Scroll Magazine and Space Squid.
In 2011, her story, “The Wall of Never Doubt,” won 10th place in Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition in the Genre Short Story category, and in 2009, her story, “My Compass,” won honorable mention in the Kay Snow Writing Contest, Creative Nonfiction Category.
She is the author of the mystery novel, 'Grave Echoes,' the horror anthology collection 'Of the Night,' the dark fiction collection, 'After Dusk,' the short horror, 'The Shadow People,' and has three more books forthcoming: 'Wicked Tempest: Book 2 in the Kate Waters Mysteries,' the werewolf novella, 'Feral Things,' from Damnation Books, and a short collection of strange and dark fiction in, Between Feathers and Fins.' See more of her work at www.erincolewrites.com
on Oct. 29, 2014 :
This short story collection has it all: ghosts, a haunted house, golems, a witch, plants with tentacles, killer bugs, and time travel of a sort. Darkness pervades each tale, as do strong female characters that are often missing in genre fiction. Cole's work is well-written, poetic at times but never at the risk of slowing down the narrative, and she creates characters you identify with and root for. Her prose is gripping, keeping you glued to your Kindle to find out what happens next.
My favorite stories were "The Girl Who Wouldn't Die" (the most creative case of dissociative identity disorder I've ever read), and "The Invasion" (it had me checking the closets and scratching at myself every time I felt at itch). "The Wall of Never Doubt" is fabulously written, and I can see why it was a contender in the 2011 Writer's Digest competition. It provides a satisfying finish to a fine collection.
I'm glad I have my copy; I'll be reading these stories again come Halloween.
(review of free book)