Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book review--Creeping Shadows by Alan Draven, Brandon Ford and Jessica Lynne Gardner

Creeping Shadows is an anthology of three short novels written by some very talented horror writers.

Vengeance is Mine—Alan Draven

A subject I have always been fascinated by—Jack the Ripper. Draven has taken the Whitechapel murders of 1888 with locations, dates, and victim names intact and retold the story from the killer's point of view. The killer gets a rush from killing and shows no remorse for his actions. It's an interesting and engaging story that gives a unique explanation for why the murders stop so suddenly and why the Ripper was never caught.

Merciless—Brandon Ford

This riveting and frightening story is based on true events in which a sadistic criminal kidnaps two teenage girls. This man has to be one of the most evil characters I have ever read. The things he does to these poor girls are unspeakable and what makes it all the more disturbing is that something like this could—and evidently did—really happen. Not for the faint-hearted, Merciless keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you praying for the girls to survive.

Sugar Skull—Jessica Lynne Gardner

Being a history buff, the Aztec civilization has always held a great interest for me. Sugar Skull is the story of a family secret entwined in the trappings of an ancient Aztec curse. The story has a mystical feel...kind of like a voodoo curse story (The Serpent and the Rainbow comes to mind). I really enjoyed the emergence of the story behind the ancient curse and there are some genuinely creepy parts too.

Creeping Shadows is a trilogy of novellas definitely worth reading, especially if you like a good scary story. This is a book to pull out every Halloween!

I am not including this book in any reading challenges because I started reading it in 2009.


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  1. Sounds interesting. Love stories about Jack the Ripper, but Sugar Skull sounds like it might be a little too scary for me. I'm a wuss when it comes to horror! *L*

  2. Hmmmm....I think I would want to read the 1st and the 3rd novellas. For some reason, stories based on true sadistic torturers creep me out so I tend to skip them. Thanks for the review, I will be on the lookout for this one now.

  3. Those novellas sound kind of spooky. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my post. I told my daughter that I was so proud of her but she said she didn't do it for that, she just felt compelled to help Christine.... kind of humbles a person...

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