Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆
The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boar made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆
The Opera ghost really existed.
Christine is a beautiful young singer at the Paris Opera. She is watched by the Opera’s ‘phantom’ – a mysterious masked figure who terrorises the Opera’s management and players. With the Phantom’s help, Christine rises to become the Opera’s star performer, but when the Phantom demands her heart in return, Christine is torn between gratitude and pity for her strange benefactor, and love for her childhood sweetheart, Raoul.
Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3.5 Stars★★★★☆
Nocturnes is a collection of short horror fiction by John Connolly. Reminiscent in style of the classic Victorian ghost stories, his are at the same time much darker. A collection full of monsters, ghosts and things that lurk in the shadows.
Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆
I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped.
Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank’s mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric’s escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother’s inevitable return – an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.
Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆
Jude had a private collection.
Judas Coyne has a collection of occult artifacts, murderer’s art and even a snuff movie. When he finds a ghost for sale online, he doesn’t hesitate.
Soon, a dead man’s suit arrives in a heart-shaped box and the ghost of the man with him. A ghost that is determined to make Jude and everyone who helps him pay and drag him to death in the most horrible way possible.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I first saw Hundreds Hall when I was ten years old.
Dr Faraday lives a quiet, unassuming life, when he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. He first fell in love with Hundreds as a boy, when he saw it in its glory days. Now, Ayres family is struggling with keeping the house from falling apart. Their time, the time of squires ans great Houses, is coming to an end. But is it just that they’re struggling with or is there something much more sinister at work in Hundreds Hall?
Soon Dr Faraday is deeply involved in the strange affairs of the family.
Overall Rating of the Short Story Collection: 3 Stars
These short stories are classics for a reason. Their themes have been used and reused a lot. Which is why it was difficult for me to truly enjoy them. None of the twists were surprising. They probably were in Blackwood’s day, but now they sound a lot like stories teenagers tell themselves around a campfire.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad. They are perfectly fine ghost stories. They just lost a bit of their magic with the twist.
Still, an enjoyable collection of ghost stories to get you in the mood for Halloween.