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

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

by Anne Frasier
     
 

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.  See more details below

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935666189
Publisher:
Nodin Press
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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