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  1. 5 out of 5

    Gerard

    Given that I have spent the last two years gorging on post apocalyptic books I thought it was time for a break and so I chose to read Haunted: 11 tales, these tales all infer a connection to Ghost Hunting. Many of us have seen this on TV and normally revolve around a few guys with tattoos jumping at the sign of moth; I was interested to see what writers would do with the genre. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised; this is a great anthology by a group of writers which were largely unkno Given that I have spent the last two years gorging on post apocalyptic books I thought it was time for a break and so I chose to read Haunted: 11 tales, these tales all infer a connection to Ghost Hunting. Many of us have seen this on TV and normally revolve around a few guys with tattoos jumping at the sign of moth; I was interested to see what writers would do with the genre. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised; this is a great anthology by a group of writers which were largely unknown to me before and I will certainly be buying books from some of the contributors. The whole anthology flows really well with no real repetition. If you are fan of Ghost Hunting in particular you will see characters that are similar to your favourite TV show hosts and if you are not, then these stories are loosely connected enough that you can take them as just ghost stories, so I can recommend it for both sets of fans. The stories here are intelligent and cleverly crafted and as such they do not result having to stoop to gore and sex scenes but they do have enough jumps and turns to keep most people interested. I would recommend this book for readers from about the age of thirteen and up, but I will stress that it is aimed at the adult market. There were not many negatives to this collection but here is what I have: On the subject of English accents (please take note all would be authors), the audience is intelligent enough that an accent can be imagined, writing the text in some would be 1890´s Victorian style that did not exist outside of the movies is both inaccurate and annoying. All of the short stories had enough flesh on them to make you want to get to that last paragraph and find out what is the conclusion or in some case what the hell is going on. Here you have a good mix of the protagonist wins, draws and then a couple of OMGs! The few stories that were stand out for me were Immaterial Witness, where an arrogant hunter becomes the villain and What’s the frequency, Francis? This, despite the aforementioned accent problem, is a really good story with a superb final line twist and really sets the bar and tone for the whole book. The Angry Stick closes the anthology with a great tale of a hunter haunted by his own jealous ex-girlfriend that has a conclusion which I never saw coming and closes off with finality for both that story and the whole book that left me with a very satisfactory feeling. The editing is sharp and the flow of stories is good throughout. I like to be able to digest a story after reading it but found myself turning to read the next story, so whether you like the genre or if you fancy a break from the latest glut of average books then I can highly recommend this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    If you're tired of all the vampires and werewolves overrunning fiction these days, how about a nice bunch of scary ghost stories? This collection has a wide variety of ghost hunters in it... those who proceed foolishly, those who proceed scientifically, and those who have questionable motives. Very refreshing! If you're tired of all the vampires and werewolves overrunning fiction these days, how about a nice bunch of scary ghost stories? This collection has a wide variety of ghost hunters in it... those who proceed foolishly, those who proceed scientifically, and those who have questionable motives. Very refreshing!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    A diverse selection of short stories, even for a niche as specific as ghost hunting. As with most anthologies, some really resonated, and others not so much. Although the stories themselves were quite different, I found the offerings by Richard Dansky and Bill Bodden the most atmospheric.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Goldin

    Perfectly cromulent ghost stories; you might even say brutal. However, the stories seemed to me more about 'the twist' than about atmosphere or spookiness. Your mileage might vary - these are some great story tellers. I think these particular stories just weren't for me. Perfectly cromulent ghost stories; you might even say brutal. However, the stories seemed to me more about 'the twist' than about atmosphere or spookiness. Your mileage might vary - these are some great story tellers. I think these particular stories just weren't for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Skyla

    Great collection of short stories. All were well done, though I think my favourites were Beaverson's, Wendig's, Sizemore's, Dansky's, and Dubose's. Great collection of short stories. All were well done, though I think my favourites were Beaverson's, Wendig's, Sizemore's, Dansky's, and Dubose's.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rehear

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Crabtree

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason Sizemore

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Liked it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  12. 4 out of 5

    Manda Collis

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alison

  19. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Beaverson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simone Peruzzi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Kumar

  25. 5 out of 5

    CJ Jones

  26. 4 out of 5

    J

  27. 5 out of 5

    My crazy book

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frances

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jess Hartley

  31. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  32. 4 out of 5

    Preston DuBose

  33. 5 out of 5

    Alana Abbott

  34. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

  35. 4 out of 5

    Starry

  36. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Birchfield

  37. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Kintner Gunderson

  38. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  39. 4 out of 5

    Foxglove Zayuri

  40. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Lorée

  41. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  42. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  43. 5 out of 5

    Carol Darnell

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  45. 4 out of 5

    Anna Edmundson frese

  46. 5 out of 5

    Tj Tobin

  47. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  48. 5 out of 5

    B. Dingus

  49. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Beaverson

  50. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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