Graves Grove isn’t your ordinary town…
Nestled within the folds of the Canadian Rockies, Graves Grove probably isn’t the picturesque place you’d like to stay for long. Peculiar things happen here. The citizens seem normal superficially—they function well enough. But each one is deeply disturbed, wrapped in secrets and neuroses which drive them to strange behaviors.
And then there are all the missing children. And why is everyone afraid of that sycamore tree?
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is an anthology of stories taking place throughout the history of this mysterious town, from its founding to its future. Read them…if you dare.
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About the Author
Kelsey Keating moonlights in the realm of writers, weaving tales of adventure, fantasy, and romance. A student of media, Kelsey considers acting a hobby, critiquing movies a calling, and riding unicorns through rainbows a daily expectation. Driven by her love of Fantasy, Kelsey's novels reflect the wonderment imagination can dream up.
Matthew Howe has worked in the film industry in just about every position imaginable. He's shot documentary series for networks such as Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Those gigs led to opportunities to actually write the shows. In addition, he has written and sold dozens of feature screenplays.His first novel, Waypoint, was published in 2016.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is a perfect anthology for the Halloween season, or really any time of the year. This was a great read for right before bed. I could finish one story if I was tired, or read a few more if I wasn’t ready to close my eyes yet. Each story was unique and had a sense of dread or horror, but still tied in perfectly with the rest of the stories. The way the editors, J.S. Bailey and Kelsey Keating were able to pull together all the stories from all the different authors into a cohesive story is amazing. There are some central characters, including the sycamore tree, that flow throughout the entire book. As well as some characters that you only read about once. This worked well, except for one story involving the vampires. It left me hanging and there wasn’t a conclusion to it in the book. Not that every story needs a conclusion, but this was so wide open that it needed something more, or perhaps to be taken out of the anthology. While a lot of the stories are eerie, there are some funny ones. The reason behind the bronze statue’s clothes changing daily was amusing. And when you find out more about, Cooper, the dog that belongs to everyone and no one, there is a heroic twist that gives you a bit of hope for the village of Graves Grove. Graves Grove would be a place that I would enjoy visiting, but with some Holy Water, a machete, a gun, a stake, silver bullets, and a platoon of Marines.
This anthology clearly is an anthology. Still, the writers did a very good job in consistency. The details of the characters that came up in more than one story all fit together, and all stories together do not build, but grow the complete picture of Graves Grove and it's sycamore tree. I am glad that I could enjoy the view and spookyness of this little Canadian town. It seems that I, unlike many, was able to leave. At least, let's first find out if I can get it out of my head too. Perhaps I'm mentally as stuck in Graves Grove now as the inhabitants are physically.
Man oh man oh man....I loved this book! The story of a little village settled by a madman and his followers in an isolated valley in the mountains, told in vignettes as the years and the decades go by. The story told by the founder Samuel Graves, by the residents of Graves Grove, by visitors, by creatures and monsters that live or pass through there and by those who had to deal with all or any of the above. Graves Grove's two icons are the bronze statue of Samuel Graves, which somehow changes it's clothing (also bronze) every single day and the giant sycamore tree by the elementary school, the roots of which provide an ideal play area for the children even while the tree gives so many people the creeps. Speaking of the children....the town bulletin board has photos of children dating way back into the 1800's, hundreds of children that have all mysteriously gone missing and were never found. The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove winds through the mind of these characters as they experience the strangeness of this little village. Each chapter, by a different author and told through the eyes of a different character, gives us just a little taste of life in Graves Grove through many era's and it all comes together in the end. This book would make a wonderful mini-series. I really hope to see it on the screen some day. #netgalley #TheWhisperedTalesofGravesGrove
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove is an anthology of dark and scary short stories with a difference. When the creators of this anthology called for submissions, they stipulated that all the stories must revolve around the mythical town of Graves Grove, a small town in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. The town was unique in many ways in that it appeared to be a nexus or a meeting place for all sorts of paranormal activity, be it vampires, fairies, shape-shifters, ghosts and demons. The town itself has a collection of odd-ball and off-beat characters, but nothing defines Graves Grove as much as 1/ The bronze statue of the town’s founder, which somehow seems to changes its clothes on a daily basis; 2/ A giant sycamore tree that dominates the town park and is the centre of many of the rumours and stories about Graves Grove; and 3/ A history of missing children, on a regular basis spanning over a hundred years. All this makes for an intriguing set of stories from a number of authors, including: J.S. Bailey, E.D.E. Bell, Mark Andersen, Matthew Howe, Travis Perry, Kelsey Keating and Dakota Caldwell, plus many more. The concept of writing a series of short stories, across time, centred on one small town is an interesting one and one that did work. With many of the principal weird characters and situations already set in place by the editors, it allowed the authors free license to stretch their imaginations and, indeed, that is exactly what they did. The Sycamore Tree, which dominated the entire premise, was a central theme in almost all the stories, with the authors coming up with many and varied ideas as to what the tree was capable of, what it harboured beneath its roots, and what weird and wonderful creatures actually lived near or inhabited the tree. I found the variety of the writing to be especially refreshing and, in actual fact, many similar themes appeared in different stories from different authors. As with any anthology, some stories stuck in my mind and resonated more with me than others. Three particular favourites of mine were: Where’s Matheson Lam by S.R. Betler, Fairy Troubled by Catherine Bonham, and Magick by D.M. Kilgore. If you want something different in a short story anthology, then The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove may well be right up your alley.