The Whisper Jar

The Whisper Jar

by Carole Lanham



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789186865030
Publisher: Morrigan Books
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Carole Lanham is the USA Today bestselling author of THE READING LESSONS, CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, and THE WHISPER JAR. Her work has twice appeared on the preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker Award, and she was been short listed for The Million Writers' Prize. Her zombie play, PLEASE REMAIN CALM, premiered at O'FallonTheatreWorks in 2013. Please visit her at or

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The Whisper Jar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
The stories in THE WHISPER JAR were perfect bit size pieces for a disturbingly delicious anthology.  I was surprised how connected to each story, which is a difficult feat to accomplish in so little words.  After reading a couple of the stories, I had to stop and nurse my book hangover, since I was not quite ready to let go of the characters.  One of the stories,  THE READING LESSONS, is due to become a full-length novel next year, though I’d think that almost all of these stories would make fantastic full-length books. Besides the gothic elements, this anthology also dabbles in some controversial topics like incest, pedeophiliacs, underage sex, racial tension, and religious tyrony.  Most of these topics are implied, though I must warn that anyone who is easily offended should not read this book. Stories that were amazing: Keepity Keep – a love triangle between two brothers and a fairy.  The ending of this story crushed me! The Blue Word – an orphan prepares for graduation.  I wish that this was made into a full-length novel.  I could not believe the ending. The Forgotten Orphan – a boy who discovers the creature upstairs.  Amazing story from start to end. Friar Garden, Mister Samuel, and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints – I’m not quite sure what this story was about.  I’m thinking that the mints were some kind of hallucinogen, but it’s hard to say. The Reading Lessons – reading lessons that can kill you.  I think this story had a slow start, yet and amazing finish. Stories that were okay: The Whisper Jar – poem about a jar that holds the town’s secrets The Good Part – a brother who will do anything for his sister Maxwell Treat’s Museum of Torture for Young Girls and Boys – a boy collects torture devices.  I didn’t care for this story much. The Adventures of Velvet Honeybone, Girl Werewuff – poem about…umm I don’t actually know.  It’s too poetic for me.
CharlesColyott More than 1 year ago
Throw together a bit of Tim Burton, a pinch of Neil Gaiman, a little Flannery O'Connor, and top it all off with a helping of David Lynch, and you might have something resembling the uniquely disturbing - and charming - voice of Carole Lanham. In Lanham's tales, the innocent magic of childhood has grown dark and tainted in the twilight realm of adolescence. The emergence of new appetites takes on a sinister flavor, in worlds which are both hometown folksy and simultaneously surreal. Whether showing us a new take on a very old monster in The Good Part or inventing the sort of treat even Willy Wonka never dreamed of in Friar Garden, Master Samuel, and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints, Lanham's deft prose enchants as it unsettles. Highly recommended!
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