Close the lights, sit on the floor, make a huge circle, turn on the flashlights and begin reading Halloween Harbingers. This eclectic book of science fiction and scary stories will delight readers all year long, not just on October 31st. The eight talented authors present stories which are creative, different, scary with a touch of paranormal and more — to delight readers young and old. Whether camping out with your family, with the boy scouts, party night, scary story or fright night with friends, or reading in front of a fireplace at home these stories will definitely warm you up, keep you alert, and make you want these authors to write more.
Author David Wacks and many others take the reader on a journey into the occult, the unknown, the darkness of a tunnel, the inner dreams of two young people, and nightmares that become realities. As you read each story you can hear the voices of each character and the fears that consume them as you enter the world of the Halloween Harbingers.
Author David Wacks presents the first story in this anthology titled “The Wolf in Boy’s Clothing.” The main character, Liam encounters a young boy. Thinking the boy is in danger, he tries to save him but what he encounters and the end result will send chills down your spine and haunt your nightmares and dreams forever. If bitten by a werewolf, and possessed by a daemon, you are no longer human and will be able to infect as many people as possible. Just think about that and the horror that would befall so many, as a result of your bite. But, poor Liam, our many character is about the learn his fate and what will happen to him after being torn to shreds by a werewolf, saved, and then hidden from harm. The event, the end result, and how this happens you will have to read for yourself.
In the story “All Hallow’s Eve” meet River, Michael, Olivia, and Logan who are about to enter into a journey of their own, not quite the same as Liam but nonetheless dangerous, frightening, and leaving the reader to pause for thought. Can your nightmares become your reality? Can your dreams really come true? Can you enter a room and see a vision of a young child, and then have it disappear? Will you hear a voice that says, “Mother will you see us?” As River and Michael host a party on All Hallow’s Eve, River hears scratches behind a wall, is attacked by her docile cat, and unearths a treasure. As she peels away the paper on the wall, she opens a hidden door, and finds more than she bargained for. What they find, the voices they hear, and how they are related to River, only this reviewer and author Christopher M. Salas knows and he did not even reveal the end. Wait for his novel to come out titled “The House on Teardrop Lane” to learn the ultimate fate of our characters and who lies behind the hidden wall.
Next we have a humorous poem called “The Pumpkin Patch” followed by a short story called “Journey into the Tunnel of Fear” that will send chills down your spine as the character relates her journey from beginning until the end. Deciding which way to go in order to pass a strange and dangerous test. But, the end has yet to come and her journey is not over.
How far will you go for eternal beauty? Just what would you do if you could find your own fountain of youth within the glass of a mirror? Sounds unreal, I think so too. But Alexis Taylor is a cruel and vain woman who is about to learn what lies behind the glass of a mirror and the woman who owned it. A dream that comes true, a vision where she sees a woman that tells her how to avoid growing old. A story so deviously created, a character truly diabolical, and a plot so filled with twists and turns create an ending that will astound the reader; as author Pamela M. Nihiser pens her own version of Dorian Gray. Beware of the mirror and what will happen if you follow its instructions. Who does it belong to? What happens to Alexis? Read this story and find out for yourself. “Bathory’s Vanity” will make you think twice about yourself and how others see you.
A young man climbs a mountain on a dare and what he experiences will definitely mystify the reader. A severe storm that leaves him stranded, with limited provisions, and a tent was all to keep out the cold. As he peers through the opening of the tent, he sees a white form. What happens next and where he winds up you have to read for yourself. Cold and hungry Henry ventures out and hears the spirit of the mountain. What they tell him, you will not believe. Why they help him, you will truly understand. To find out the answers to these questions you need to read “Climbing Old Waddy” by author Erin WilloWitch.
Next, we have a poem titled “Fairy Ghostmother” and a story that will definitely give you pause for thought Erin WilloWitch’s “The Case of Pat O’Byrne”
Finally, “White Out Conditions” by author Samuel Webb rounds out the interesting, scary, highly thought provoking delights in this interesting anthology of spooky and gory tales.
As one man finds refuge in a house during a terrible storm, a woman’s wraith comes to seek revenge and refuses to die. Alone in a desolate house, with firewood, a lone diary and supplies that were rotted, Dillon wanders this strange old house to wait out the storm. Hearing footsteps above him and strange noises he realizes that there is more to this house than meets the eye. Fear settles over him, desperation wins out, a ghost rears her head and what happens and who she is will surprise you. Who lives in this strange old house? What is her real story? What happened to her and what is Dillon’s fate? This reviewer is too afraid to let out the secrets of these scary stories. You never know who might be listening or what might happen. Read “White Out Conditions”; you won’t be disappointed.
Descriptions so vivid, characters so definitely defined, and authors whose stories leave room for sequels or entire novels. A book for all seasons that can be read and enjoyed; not just on Halloween Night but also on any cold night, in front of the fireplace, or under the covers. Read this interesting, scary, quite unique, and definitely captivating original tales and poems and make sure you keep the lights on. I DID!
Fran Lewis: Reviewer
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