Book Review: Halloween Carnival Vol. 1

Book Review: Halloween Carnival Vol. 1

I love anything that gets me in the mood for Halloween. This anthology of Halloween based short stories seemed just the thing. I was unfamiliar with the authors included but I’m always looking for new writers to try.

There were five stories:

STRANGE CANDY – by Robert McGammon

Be careful what you eat, it may give you strange dreams!

THE RAGE OF ACHILLES  – by Kevin Lucia

A story about the seeking of forgiveness when hope is lost.

DEMON AIR – by John R. Little

A night flight with unexpected visitors.


A Mexican folk tale with a very real leading lady.


A slasher mystery that that puts the fear back into Halloween.

Each story contained the right level of spookiness with no blatant gore. As with any short story collection, it’ll be a mixed bag with some stories you’ll prefer over others and it’ll be individual taste which ones you like. The stories contained all the reasons for the season, death, love, family and most of all fear. The first two tales brought tears to my eyes, with the Rage of Achilles being my favourite of the collection and by the end the claustrophobic feel of being forced into the Halloween spirit by a mysterious killer was the perfect last story to sign off.

I’ll admit this was a treat for me, which I devoured in an afternoon.

4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC copy for an honest review.

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About thewytchinghourblog

I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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4 Responses to Book Review: Halloween Carnival Vol. 1

  1. hey thanks for the scary list!!


  2. PS: I have provided a few true haunted tales on my blog!


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