Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Urban legends, modern folklore, ghost stories or campfire stories, which ever you prefer to call them all have a common theme. A message wrapped in a story made to scare you or warning or sorts. Do parents tell you these stories to protect you or them? How will you know unless you disregard their warnings? Black dog is just this kind of story, involving teenage kids throwing all caution out the window. Czarny Lud was also this kind of tale, but meant to keep little kids in line. Amityville Beach was one of my favorite stories. A woman mistakes a boy at the beach for her own. I thought the ending was solid and took me by surprise. A Morning Fog, I learned is a common folktale, and it was an exceptional story. It leads you in one direction and has you thinking situation ‘A’ is happening but in reality it’s something else entirely. Friendship Dead and Buried is a great story and told with such authority I was convinced of the outcome. But I was the victim of a great misdirection again, well played! The Big M was a story I could get behind and really dig. Occasionally someone gets what they deserve and you can’t help but love it. Two visions 1984 was so cool and twilight zone like and I loved the twist and complete turn around on the main character, not all good deeds come with a reward. The last train home was another fun tale that in the end surprised me. Corpse Cold had a good variety of stories and was a fun read. If you like urban legends then you’ll probably like this collection.
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media
Release date: December 16, 2017
They take place on desolate highways, in a dark and lonely wood, in ordinary neighborhoods just like your own. Tales of everyday people caught up in indomitable situations. Dread-inducing moments with an air of plausibility–while you hope to god they aren’t actually true.
John Brhel, biography
Hi. My name is John Brhel. I write fantastical stories about demons, ghosts, magicians, and regular ol’ Joes. I’m the co-author of two books, Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop and Tales From Valleyview Cemetery, with my good friend Joe Sullivan. With Joe, I am also a co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media, a publisher of rich fantasy and horror stories. I am currently working on new stories with Joe, as well as my own novel.
When I’m not writing fiction, I work full-time as a communications manager at Binghamton University, where I manage social media, publish press releases, write magazine articles, and a whole bunch more. I also use all of these same skills as a freelance copywriter, as which I have experience writing content for everything from consulting firms to tech startups to rock bands and more.