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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Season of the Macabre by Damien Kelly

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As the night of ghouls and goblins (and candy!) draws ever closer, I find myself drawn to some recent creepy reads I want to share.  The selection today definitely falls under that category and due to the chosen delivery method, makes this one a great pick for bite sized reading.  That's right! We've entered into the realm of the short story and while sometimes they leave us wanting more in all the wrong ways, this just right. WARNING: Creep factor intensifies ahead; if easily creeped out or may want to read this in the daytime, or with a group of close friends,  or with your protective fur baby. Without furthe ado, today's book of choice is...

Damien Kelly

This is one collection of stories that will set your spine tingling and your senses on wary.  Mr. Kelly offers us a selection of winter themed delights ranging from overly helpful prison guards to little boys wanting a method of defense against the creatures that stir at Christmas. Each story spins a tale mundune at first glance but just when you think you're looking at a quiet ending, BOOM...the twist arrives in living (or formerly living) color.

It's commonplace to have favorites amongst a collection like this and while most made pretty high marks in my mind, there were a few that stood out.  THANKLESS shares with us a reminder to stand up for the ones we hold dear (even if it is a turkey)...and NEVER take without asking.  A POLITE EXCHANGE shows us that diamonds (well, jewelry) are a girls best friends...and shines new light on gift returns.  THE RARE GIFT shares its tale through the eyes of a reindeer...and brings a new meaning to Santa's reindeer games.  Last but not least WINTER BARLEY will leave you chilled to the bone and with a tear in your eye (it has a sad twist but amazingly you don't see it coming in the least!).  That's just the tip of the iceberg...

So, in conclusion, if you're looking for a great collection of well written creepy reads, look no further.  From draft induced chills when no draft exists to stop your blood cold, there's something for everyone.  Word to the wise, I'd limit this one to older teens through adults due to content and some language...but I'd definitely recommend adding this to your reading repetoire.

Ebook for review courtesy of Clarion Publishing. (THANKS!) For more information on this title ( as well as their growing catalog, be sure to visit them online ( This book is available now should you be looking for a great addition to your Halloween reads...or a way to make the upcoming Christmas season a little more red. (*-*)

Until next time...happy reading!


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