Book Review: Halloween Carnival Volume 3

I have thoroughly enjoyed the reading run up to Halloween with these anthologies and Halloween Carnival Volume 3 is no exception to this, added to the fact this one features a story by one of my favourite writers, Kelley Armstrong. There are five stories included.

The Way Lost is by Kelley Armstrong. This story is about a strange town where children disappear onto the forest every Halloween and nobody asks any questions. Dale, a young boy, promises his mother he won’t go into the forest but will he be able to resist?

La Cavalera is by Kate Maruyama tells the tale of a different kind of cultural appropriation of a sugar skull and when friendships turn bad.

The Devils Due by Michael McBride is the story of a town that has made a deal with the devil and the repercussions of not paying up.

A Thousand Rooms of Darkness by Taylor Grant is a story of the fear of Halloween and the things that come with.

The Last Night of October by Graham Chapman tells a story of loneliness, lost friendship and a strange Halloween night visitor.

5/5. I enjoyed every story. The Last Night of October, I felt could have been shorter and I nearly took a mark off for that but amongst such good stories it didn’t seem worth it. The last book I reviewed in the Halloween Carnival series, I noted there wasn’t much in the way of supernatural. This volume, I felt was more in keeping with a horror element, ghosts, killers and monsters. There was certainly some supernatural to satisfy me. The Way Lost had a twist I didn’t see coming. La Cavalera had some gore and madness and The Devils Due made me want to watch it as a movie. It was impossible to pick a favourite out of these. The first three stories I felt were the strongest but I loved them all.

Thank you to NetGalley for this arc copy for an honest review.

 

 

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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