Deadly Treats: Halloween Tales of Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem

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Celebrate Halloween with this collection of short stories by award-winning authors and emerging talent. Deadly Treats features witches, zombies, vampires, food critics, crazy writers, dumb criminals, interfering ghosts, ex-cops and aliens.
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Celebrate Halloween with this collection of short stories by award-winning authors and emerging talent. Deadly Treats features witches, zombies, vampires, food critics, crazy writers, dumb criminals, interfering ghosts, ex-cops and aliens.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestselling thriller author Frasier (who also writes as Theresa Weir) presents a very mixed bag of 21 original spook stories. High points include Stephen Blackmoore’s cleverly conceived and darkly funny zombie story, “World’s Greatest Dad”; the pretentiously vindictive restaurant critic of Mark Hull’s “Friday Night Dining with Marianne”; the optimistically charming earthbound alien in Paula L. Fleming’s “Treats, Tricks, and Terror in Tin Lake”; and Frasier’s own “The Replacement,” a punchy reanimation tale. Many others are more trick than treat: Michael Allan Mallory’s sweetly melancholy “BOO!” stumbles to an unconvincing finale; the excellent detail of Bill Cameron’s “Sunlight Nocturne” fails to mask the lack of plot, and others sink under unoriginal concepts, poor execution, and bland writing. With no clear target audience (though one creepy near-rape scene takes it firmly out of the YA market) and no big horror names to anchor it, this anthology is unlikely to stand out from its peers. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A food critic visits an unusual and exclusive restaurant on Halloween in Mark Hull's "Friday Night Dining with Marianne." A nightly visitation by a stray cat sends a woman in search of a long-lost sister in Jason Evans's "She Came on the October Wind." Ranging in tone from eerily quirky to quietly horrific, the 21 stories in this Halloween-themed collection offer an entertaining homage to the witching season. VERDICT Including veteran and debut writers of suspense and horror, this is a pleasant choice for Halloween aficionados and an optional addition to library collections.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935666189
  • Publisher: Nodin Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Where mystery and Halloween collide...

    Deadly Treats Where mystery and Halloween collide. Celebrate Halloween with this collection of Halloween short stories by bestselling, award-winning authors and emerging new talent. Deadly Treats features witches, zombies, vampires, food critics, crazy writers, dumb criminals, interfering ghosts, ex-cops, suburban housewives, swamp monsters, and aliens. This delightful collection includes stories by Bill Cameron, David Housewright , Jason Evans, Heather Dearly, Julia Buckley, Kelly Lynn Parra, LK Rigel, Marilyn Victor, Mark Hull, Leandra Logan, Pat Dennis, Patricia Abbott, Paul D. Brazill, Michael Allan Mallory, Shirley Damsgaard , Stephen Blackmoore, Lance Zarimba, Paula L. Fleming, Daniel Hatadi, Theresa Weir, and Anne Frasier.

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