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{June 12, 2013}   {Review} Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us edited by Alexander S. Brown et. al

17655874From Goodreads: From the shadowed realms of the paranormal comes 16 chilling tales that dwell in the South and South West. Resurrected in your very hands are stories that will make you laugh, ponder, and shiver as the reader is introduced to spirits that are humorous, saddened, and vengeful. From 16 authors, learn of haunted homes, buildings, landmarks and roads where restless entities from beyond the grave desire acknowledgement amongst the living. Become acquainted with the aftermath of an eclipse that awakens the dead in a Memphis cemetery, see what horrors dwell in the woods at Hell’s Gate, learn the dark secrets of Sidney’s Cotton, and dare to travel down Ghost Road. These and many other tales are sure to keep you awake as you are introduced to what makes the South and South West so unique…. History and GHOSTS!!!!! So, sit back, dim the lights and prepare yourself to face the spirits that walk among us.

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I really tend to shy away from reviewing anthologies because I feel like it’s so hit or miss, especially when there are multiple authors throughout, but I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher, and who doesn’t love a good ghost story?  So, of course, I read it.

Now, as I said before, anthologies can really be hit or miss, especially when there are a large amount of contributors, which is the case with Southern Haunts.  In all, there are about 16 different authors, while means 16 very different stories and writing styles.  That being said, keep in mind that some of these stories are sure to be a real hit for you as the reader, and some might not do anything for you, so definitely don’t take this review as the end all in terms of whether or not you’ll read the anthology. 

Overall, I thought this anthology was very well written and put together, but the stories didn’t really do much for me as the reader.  It wasn’t what I was expecting. I wanted chilling ghost tales that make me ponder and want to visit where they originated, but in many of these stories, I personally didn’t feel like that was the case.  And, while some of these stories read like actual stories, some others read a little like histories of the places themselves, which is okay, but didn’t draw me in as much as I wanted them to.

Truthfully, there are some really good stories in here, and there are some decent ones, and, of course, there are some I just could never get into.  So, if I had to rate the anthology overall, I’d say it’s about two and a half stars on my scale, but individually some stories rank way above that, so… try it and see what you think.  You never know, you might just love them all.

2.5 stars

I recieved a copy of this anthology from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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