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Book Review: Dark Visions by Dan Alatorre (with Robbie Cheadle and others)

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Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 (The Box Under The Bed)Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 by Dan Alatorre (Author), Allison Maruska (Author), Jenifer Ruff (Author), Adele Marie Park (Author),

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Today launched an anthology of ~30 horror stories from multiple authors in a collection called Dark Visions, the second in the Box Under the Bed volume. Although it was edited / Arranged by Dan Alatorre, I was given a heads up by a blogger who I follow named Robbie Cheadle. Robbie and her son write children’s books for the Sir Chocolate series, which I’ve read and reviewed, as well as promoted on my blog — they are fantastic and deserve a lot of praise and attention. When Robbie mentioned she’d written a few darker stories, I jumped on it. I knew she’d written other works, but I wasn’t familiar with them. Now I am as she has two in this wonderful collection. As I skimmed the table of contents, I found 4 other authors who blog that I’ve followed over the last year. How fun is that!

I read all of the stories / poems. They range from 2 pages to about 20 pages, and the entire collection is probably around the 250 page mark. From light spooky stories to much darker, its range is strong and inviting. Nothing is so scary that you’ll run in fear, but there’s a lot beyond subtle to find tantalizing. I do like this type of fiction, so it was a good fit for me. There’s also hardly any gore (none I can actually remember, but taste in this subject can be subjective and personal). It’s more about pushing the envelope with the air of mystery, the hint of suspense, and the suggestion of something very bad or impacting occurring.

I won’t point out any favorites since there’s a lot to cover, but I will highlight Robbie’s pieces because I do think she deserves the attention. The first is called “The Haunting of William Cheadle” which makes you wonder… which family member is she trying to spook? An early line: ‘it’s sticky, like blood.’ There’s a housekeeper I pictured as a certain character from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca who keeps someone in line. It’s all covered in a fine dose of murky and sinister fog… which makes for a very eerie and cool story. The other, The Willow Tree, my favorite kind, involves a doctor… something found in a bag… the tree… and a lot more I can’t tell you! But it’s enough to make you want to read more from Cheadle in this genre.

So… if you’re looking for a few traditional and some non-traditional spooky stories, an opportunity to sample different writers and styles, or a collection of short works to read throughout the next few weeks when the nights get shorts and darker, the ghosts come out to haunt us, and the season turns rather chilly, you’ve found a great place to start!

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Review: Windy City Blues

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Windy City Blues Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Windy City Blues, a collection of short stories written in 1995 by Sara Paretsky. In the mid-1990s. Paretsky took a short break from writing the lengthy VI Warshawski mystery novels and worked on a few non-VI novels; however, knowing fans would miss their favorite detective, she published this short story collection, focusing entirely on VI Warshawski, her friends and her family. You learn a little more about her personal life, family and friends, and where she comes from. Although it doesn’t fit or match the timeline of the rest of the books, there’s no worry about when you read this one, as it doesn’t really connect to the plots and main characters in the regular series. The first mystery is a bit longer than a short story, having a good amount of meat to it. The rest are a tad too short. It feels more like a person’s diary entry rather than more mystery action with a detective we love. That said, there are a few good ones which make it worth pick up to read from time to time.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Women on the Case

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Women on the Case Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Women on the Case, a collection of short stories curated by Sara Paretsky in 1996. Each of the short stories focuses on a female detective or investigator, bringing to the forefront both female-driven crime stories and a woman’s point of view. While I enjoyed a few of these stories, it wasn’t as strong as A Woman’s Eye, one of the other anthologies Paretsky took the lead on. I enjoy short stories, but this didn’t seem to have the same quality or expanse of styles and characters. It fell short of being a fun read and rather got a little tedious at times. It was good to have a 20 page story to choose from, but I never felt compelled to finish the book. I did read each story, but some were half-skims and overviews, rather than truly digesting a meaty mystery punch. Might work for others, but didn’t do too much for me. Oh well, can’t win them all!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: A Woman’s Eye

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A Woman's Eye Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars to A Woman’s Eye, a collection of short stories published in 2001 by Sara Paretsky. What’s great about this anthology is it contains short stories from 20+ female crime writers in the 1990s / 2000s. It’s a fantastic way to expose yourself to new authors, styles and characters. For instance, Sue Grafton has a short story with Kinsey Millhone. If you read it, you’ll know whether you may or may not like her full series. Always worth taking a chance on books like this as you get see a quick version of a style before you buy an entire book. Paretsky had a few of these over the years, but this one was by far my favorite. I found 2 new authors from it and started their series, too. Some are not series, also. Give this one a shot.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era by Jessica Fellowes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Exactly what you’d expect: highlights from the show, cast and real-life castles. It’s a beautiful book, a must-read for any fans… and if you’ve not seen the show, it’s a good intro!

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