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Roma Gray has swiftly and suredly become a favorite author. She has a rare ability to write powerful short stories, stories with heart, with soul, and a sharp knife to cut them out of you by the end of her tales. I have said this before; good short stories are hard to write. It takes a lot to make you care about something in a short piece of time, and she seems to do so effortlessly. I think I have read just about everything she has done, and I have never seen something that was "just ok" or decent. Everything she has done has been excellent, well crafted, and full of heart.
So, it should be no surprise when I rave about her Celebration of Horror. The only negative thing I have to say is that there are only five stories in this collection. I really want MORE. Each short centers on a particular holiday, and I think the best was her unique interpretation of vampires on Easter. Just plain killer. I will say that she doesn't drown you in blood and gore. Nope. Most of the horror is what goes on in our own hearts and heads, and that is the only medium she needs to put a chill down your spine. Sincerely, get this book and enjoys a budding master of the written word while you can, you will be glad that you hopped on the train early.
Ooops, almost forgot to commend Mr. Self for his fine narration skills. As far as I know, the man has done all of her works, and deservedly so. He really conveys the deeper subtext of her stories, and knows how to build up the suspense, before driving the hammer home. He is easy to understand, and follow (although he will take you down some dark paths). Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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This collection of Holiday stories is going to cause nightmares. Intense stories of hate, and fright, and horror.
A fun listen.
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