Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Cat, The Crow and The Cauldron: A Halloween Anthology

A great collection of 9 spooky stories from some brilliant authors.

 As with all anthologies, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, and some were scarier than others, but they were all well-written and entertaining to read.

My favourites were Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune, Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories, Leonie Rogers' Roast Pumpkin, CJ Rutherford's Treaters and Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast by Jalpa Williby is an imaginative story which drew me in. I loved that it ended well for Kelsey.

CJ Rutherford's Treaters grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. It's a descriptive and chilling tale and the ending made me cry.

The book introduced me to some authors who were previously unknown to me, and I will be looking for some of their full-length books to read.


Synopsis:

Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune teaches us a valuable lesson about why you should be very careful when you hold someone’s fate in your hands. It may come back to haunt you, just as it does for Grimsley Harkness, who dares to wish for more than he deserves.

Celia Kennedy’s Nothing Scares Me takes readers on a test of endurance. Lost in the Florida Everglades, Ardith Deblois, wife, mother and intrepid adventurer, fights for her life. Enveloped within the humid swamplands is a perilous maze full of obstacles and adversaries. Which is the greater impediment, the humans that hunt her or the deadly animals and poisonous plants she hides amongst? Can she fight through fatigue and dehydration to save herself? Nothing Scares Me. True or not?

Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories Up finds us on October 31st, 1966, and night is falling over the city. Below, the groups of little ghosts and goblins stream in and out of the front stoops and basement bodegas, running, laughing, white blankets flapping in the wind, their candy treasures tightly held in hand. But above, in the dark rooftop of Sonia's building, something pale and evil watches her, and beckons...

Angie Martin's "Sold" follows a paranormal team as they investigate the home of a serial killer for their live Halloween night televised show.

In Heather Osborne's Will You Remember Me? past and present collide when ghosts from witch trials of long ago come to life. It's up to Sierra to lay things to rest.

In Leonie Rogers' Roast Pumpkin, Anna discovers that going trick-or-treating in her new home town is more of an out-of-this-world experience than she'd ever imagined.

CJ Rutherford's 'Treaters' tells the story of Jaz. Who would believe the world would end on Halloween night? Can Jaz, a retired U.S. Marine, battle loss, grief, demons, and loneliness, to survive the end of the world?

In Jada Ryker’s Dead Eye, Alex takes Marisa to an unusual Halloween party in an isolated Kentucky community… with a murderer ready with deadly tricks, rather than treats.

In Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast, Kelsey’s entire family perishes in a fire on a dreadful Halloween night. Overcome by grief and guilt, she decides to end her pain once and for all. Will the mysterious stranger be her savior, or will he ultimately cause her tragic demise?

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The Authors:

Joe DeRouen
Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Milo, Lucky, and Archer. Joe is a freelance writer, web designer, and substitute teacher, and also serves on the Arkansas Arts Academy school board. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action.


Celia Kennedy
Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American military base. Her parents' penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.
The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.


Zeece Lugo
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Brooklyn. She joined the Air Force and saw the world. She got a degree in English literature from Saginaw Valley in Michigan and then became a science teacher at Miami-Dade. Figure that one out!
She now lives surrounded by mountains in Puerto Rico. She stays away from the news, pushy people, and up to recently, social networking. She is finally doing what she always wanted to do: she reads, she enjoys the views surrounding her home, and she writes.



Angie Martin
Angie lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, two cats, and beloved dog. She has two sons off paving their own way in the world. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas and has lived all over the United States.
As a reader first, writer second, I love to discover new authors.
Her entire life has revolved around imaginary worlds contained within the covers of a book. Her aunt introduced her to Stephen King and a little book called Christine in eighth grade, and her life was never the same.
As a geek-extraordinaire, she loves comics and graphic novels.




Heather Osborne
Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son.






Leonie Rogers
Growing up in Western Australia, Leonie was an avid reader from an early age. Her mother vividly recalls her stating “I can read faster with my eyes than you can with your mouth, Mum…” at around the age of six. Her parents and great aunt encouraged her interest in literature, providing her with books of many different genres, and . She began writing during high school, placing in the Western Australian Young Writers Award in 1980, and she fondly remembers several of her English teachers, who encouraged her to write, both fiction and poetry.






CJ Rutherford
Colin spent most of  his early years growing up on his Grandad's farm in Donegal, Ireland.
He started writing when his youngest daughter informed him that she was getting too old for bedtime stories. He'd been making up a different one each night for both of them for years. He was devastated. What was he to do with all the nonsense in his head?
So he began to write.



Jada Ryker
Jada lives in central Kentucky with her wonderful husband and their cat, rescued from the animal shelter.
In her day job, Jada works in higher education. She strongly believes adults can earn advanced degrees without taking on staggering student loan debt. While working full-time in a gas station and going to school full-time, she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration. Using the tuition plan at work, she subsequently earned her masters degree in public administration.


Jalpa Williby
Jalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight.
After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.
For the past 20 years, Williby has worked as a Physical Therapist, a career she loves because she gets to make a difference “one person at a time!”







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