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READ KINDLE À Halloween Carnival Volume 2 õ Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James, and Al Sarrantonio bring the ghouls of the most haunted night of the year to life in a chilling collection of stories curated by master of horror Brian James Freeman MR DARK S CARNIVAL by Glen Hirshberg Halloween is than just a holiday in Clarkson, Montana it s a tradition passed down through generations Only this year, the ghosts of the past may just be a little closer than usual THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MY SISTER by Lee Thomas When David was young, he believed in magic In fact, he wanted to become a magician himself But meddling in the forces of the mind has consequences beyond what an eleven year old can see MISCHIEF NIGHT by Holly Newstein Cabbage Night, Goose Night, Devil s Night they re all the same Before the treats come the tricks It s all in good fun until someone gets hurt THE GHOST MAKER by Del James When people need to disappear, I make them vanish The catch I ve always got to be on guard because that knock at the door may not just be a little monster looking for candy THE PUMPKIN BOY by Al Sarrantonio When boys start going missing, Detective Len Schneider is determined to make it right But his partner knows that there are worse things out there than a dead kid This is the second in a series of five anthologies that will be released next month, in time for Halloween Like the first volume it contains 5 short stories which are perfect for Halloween reading or any time of year when you d like to enjoy a little bite of horror and dark fiction My absolute favorites were the first 3 Not that the others weren t good but I have previously read all of Al Sarrantonio s Orangefield books so should you and this one is just not dearest in my heart.The Ghostma This is the second in a series of five anthologies that will be released next month, in time for Halloween Like the first volume it contains 5 short stories which are perfect for Halloween reading or any time of year when you d like to enjoy a little bite of horror and dark fiction My absolute favorites were the first 3 Not that the others weren t good but I have previously read all of Al Sarrantonio s Orangefield books so should you and this one is just not dearest in my heart.The Ghostmaker by Del James was just not my type.Living in a small town where local legends abound I live in the same town as the real Conjuring house my favorite story had to be MR DARK S CARNIVAL by Glen Hirshberg in which everyone has heard of the infamous carnival that is rud to appear only on Halloween but none of them has ever attended Stories about it abound, but there are no first hand accounts of what really goes on there Perhaps it is just a myth and doesn t really exist This year Professor David Roemer is about to find out THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MY SISTER by Lee Thomas wasof a psychological mystery suspenseSomething horrible has happened to David s estranged sister We don t know what, only that he is called to rush to the hospital, where slowly we learn how events from childhood led to the suffering of today.MISCHIEF NIGHT by Holly Newstein When a man in an alcoholic stupor goes to investigate a noise in his basement what could possibly go wrong A solid 5 stars to each of those 3 stories and highly recommended for all fans of dark fiction.I received an advance copy for review It had moments I really liked, but fell a bit short for me personally compared to the first volume I will still most likely continue, because I love having spooky short stories to read leading up to Halloween The first story was the longest and slow to get moving, but ended up being my favorite in the book The stories are clever and well written, but didn t spook me as much as the first volume which falls to personal taste A couple of them wereunnerving cautionary tales than scary stor It had moments I really liked, but fell a bit short for me personally compared to the first volume I will still most likely continue, because I love having spooky short stories to read leading up to Halloween The first story was the longest and slow to get moving, but ended up being my favorite in the book The stories are clever and well written, but didn t spook me as much as the first volume which falls to personal taste A couple of them wereunnerving cautionary tales than scary stories I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group Hydra, thank you My review is honest and unbiased. Like most collections of stories, this one included both hits and misses for me The first story was my favourite.Mr Dark s Carnival by Glen Hirshberg Professor Roemer loves exploring the myths surrounding Mr Dark s Carnival with his freshman class each year Everyone in eastern Montana knows the legend but while everyone claims to know a person who knows a person who has experienced the Carnival, no one has known the truth firsthand Until now.I really enjoyed the growing sense of dread Like most collections of stories, this one included both hits and misses for me The first story was my favourite.Mr Dark s Carnival by Glen Hirshberg Professor Roemer loves exploring the myths surrounding Mr Dark s Carnival with his freshman class each year Everyone in eastern Montana knows the legend but while everyone claims to know a person who knows a person who has experienced the Carnival, no one has known the truth firsthand Until now.I really enjoyed the growing sense of dread as I read, where the anticipation of the scare was half the fun Sometimes what remains unseen can be scarier, when you feel unbalanced as you wait for jump scare that may or may not be coming I had some unanswered questions including the significance of 3 7 77 and the fate of Robert Stepping into that foyer was like stepping into a coffin Worse, actually It was like walking completely out of the world The Facts in the Case of My Sister by Lee Thomas Davey is three years older than Joyce, his sister, and as a child she enjoyed being his assistant as he tried out new magic tricks Now he watches helplessly as she lays in a hospital bed I found this story predictable and while Halloween was in the background it wasn t the focus The monsters in this story are of the view spoiler human hide spoiler variety, which is scarier than if they d been pretty much anything else There are no monsters, Joyce They re just in your imagination Mischief Night by Holly Newstein When some kids decide to prank their assistant principal on Mischief Night it sets off an unexpected chain of events This story readas a cautionary tale and the story of Willard Cole is quite a sad one It didn t have the creepiness I d hoped for and didn t even really feel much like a Halloween storyIn Pennsylvania, the night before Halloween is known as Mischief Night Kids play harmless but annoying pranks, like throwing toilet paper into trees, soaping windows, and egging cars Occasionally lines are crossed, and what was annoying becomes malicious Sometimes even deadlyThe Ghost Maker by Del James A hitman reminisces about his introduction to a life of crime, does another job and gets invited to a Halloween party After stressing out about his costume he is ready to attend the party and before anything Halloweeny actually happens the story ends All Saints Day is when the Saints in Heaven and the good Catholics of this world share the strongest bond.It s also the one day I feel least comfortable doing what I do The Pumpkin Boy by Al Sarrantonio Creepy clowns That s all I have to say about thatUncle Lollipop loves youThemes of loss and grief play out in various ways in most of the stories Content warnings include view spoiler mention of alcoholism, child abductions, death by suicide, domestic violence, murder and physical abuse hide spoiler.Thank you so much to NetGalley and Hydra, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, for the opportunity to read this book Full review andon my book blog Actual Rating 3.7 starsTW Death, Suicide, Murder, Gun, Alcoholism, AbuseMr Dark s Carnival by Glen Hirshberg 4.5 starsA ghost story in Montana David, a college professor, teaches a class about folklore and his favorite part of the course is about the folk tale of Mr Dark s Carnival It s been rud for years that a mysterous carnival pops up and only a certain few people get chosen to attend He has never met anyone that has been to the carnival and d Full review andon my book blog Actual Rating 3.7 starsTW Death, Suicide, Murder, Gun, Alcoholism, AbuseMr Dark s Carnival by Glen Hirshberg 4.5 starsA ghost story in Montana David, a college professor, teaches a class about folklore and his favorite part of the course is about the folk tale of Mr Dark s Carnival It s been rud for years that a mysterous carnival pops up and only a certain few people get chosen to attend He has never met anyone that has been to the carnival and doesn t believe it exists, until he gets his ticket.I loved the story, the creepiness, the folk lore, the atmosphere, and the carnival The ending had me wanting to cry The Facts in the Case of My Sister by Lee Thomas 5 starsAt 11 years old David gets into magic and hypnosis, using his new found talent on his 8 year old sister Joyce Later in life Joyce ends up in the hospital from an accident that he doesn t believe was an accident at all This story was so heart wrenching and had me in tears David pulls a trick from his past to bring to light what really happened and learns that magic has consequences, even when ment for good, beyond what an 11 year old can see, and that sometimes, believing in monsters is a good thing It s all in the wording.Mischief Night by Holly Newstein 5 starsMischief Night in Pennsylvania some kids play annoying though harmless pranks TPing trees, egging cars But sometimes lines get crossed and things can get deadly Willard, an old man had a good life with a wife and kids Never drinking due to growing up with a nasty drunk for a father In his retirement he figures it s a harmless way to celebrate, but the bottle doesn t let go of him A troubled teen stumbles into his basement on mischief night Can Willard s bad decisions help the troubled teen on the path he s on This story also had me in tears.The Ghost Maker by Del James 2.5 starsYou have to be on guard when your a mob hit man, especially on Halloween Truthfully I liked it until the end only because I didn t get it.The Pumpkin Boy by Al Sarrantonio 1.5 starsJody is home alone, 5 years old, for an hour everyday after his babysitter leaves and before mom gets home He knows he isn t supposed to leave the house but he can t resist following a pumpkin boy A boy with metal for a body and a pumpkin for a head There sto it but I didn t understand it Other people do though so i m thinking this is a it s me problem and not the story.I loved 3 out of 5 stories and the other 2 I just didn t get personally but others have I definitely recommend this anthology and enjoyed it eventhan the first I do plan on picking up the other 3 too Thank you to Netgalley and Hydra for providing me with an e arc in exchange for an honest review.My Youtube Channel