I’m a lifelong lover of horror stories, and keep current in my reading. Perhaps that’s why this book was such a delight. It features exactly none of the authors whose short stories I normally find in horror anthologies. Those authors I do know, I recognise from their non-horror work, and their individual takes on the classic ghost story were therefore something of a voyage of discovery. An additional surprise was the sense of fun between these pages. I’m so used to horror stories that hang their serious intent out for all to see that I’d all but forgotten that it’s possible to write a story that’s both atmospheric, and bloody amusing.
This (beautifully produced) little hardback was a delight, and if you’ve any urge at all to delve into a book of spooky yarns, I suggest you make it this one.