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Theme: Paranormal Adventures


Featured: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See by Anna Yeatts

  • Hauntings by Laura E. Price
    Some leave only shadows behind.
  • I Promise by Liz Colter
    Grief is more powerful than death.
  • The Woman on the Bench by Stephanie M.Lorée
    What is seen in the dark.
  • No Body by John P. Murphy
    Secrets never stay buried forever
  • A Cold Welcome by Floris M. Kleijne
    The past has a way of catching up.
  • Extra Innings by José Iriarte
    Sometimes goodbye isn’t the end.

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Theme: Aliens

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Queen Mab by Brenda Anderson, When the story plot unfolds, we see the malevolent nature of the fairy queen. I enjoyed the flash of 'reality' with the Tunguska event, and of course the sweet revenge Hugh set in motion...”

Volume 2, Issue 12; Theme: The Fae

Reviewer: Yolanda

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“In Sweet Home by Alex Gorman, aliens have taken over the world. Perversely, they are fond of dressing their slug-like shapes in human clothes and enjoying tea parties. These aliens are the worst kind of Evil Overlords, or the best depending on your perspective.”

Volume 2, Issue 11; Theme: Revolution

Reviewer: Cyd Athens

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The Silhouette and the Smoke by Richard Baldwin, is the story of a pair of lovers in a tribe without verbal language who are taught to speak by a bear... A sweet, sad story of innocence lost, that found me grieving even for Chief, whose first use of speech was to create the tribe's first lie.”

Volume 1, Issue 12; Theme: Native American Folklore

Reviewer: Stevie McMichael

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And When Innocence Falls to the Floor by Damien Walters Grintalis, Amelie confronts the horror and finds peace. Remembering doesn't make her happy, but the knowledge allows healing. She leaves the crumbling house and gets on with her life. Brutal images and a believable character. I enjoyed this. Well done.”

Volume 1, Issue 8; Theme: Fractured Fairy Tales

Reviewer: Sherry Decker

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