I really enjoyed these thirteen short horror stories by Ms. Mosier. One central theme throughout all the stories was that they took place in Arizona, but each had its own story to tell the readers. I won’t go into detail about each of the thirteen stories because my review will become quite lengthy, but I do want to mention that I had a few favorites when I finished reading it. Just to name a few – Hidden Canyon was one, Chimera was another. Still another was Old Billy. This book would be great to read any time of year, but considering Halloween is just a few weeks away made me enjoy this anthology even more. Great job, Ms. Mosier!
This collection of 13 short horror stories seeks to explore the eerie stuff, the subtle feelings we feel when something is not right; there are no vampires, witches or werewolves, neither is there much gore. Its stories are more Twilight Zone-ish. Otherwise, they are completely original and unpredictable. All of them take place in Arizona and frequently draw upon the local lore.
Just a tid bit about the first 5 stories:
Salazar's Flamenco Dancer - An art history major does research on a local artist and learns about a disturbing pattern of death.
Hidden Canyon - An Apache boy, Para-ah-dee-ah-tran, comes face-to-face with a terror his elders didn't tell him about.
Chimera - A Phoenix woman is tormented by sleep paralysis.
Old Billy - Peter recounts his youth growing up near a cemetery.
The Wind in the Hollow - Something is amiss on the Gottlieb farm and Jakob must contend with spiritual things he doesn't yet understand.
The remaining stories contain a mix of ghosts and monsters. Two are urban legends of my own creation. Maybe you will retell them. My question to you: Will you be one of my midnight guests?
*PG-13. A couple of f-bombs and one rape scene. Typo-free. Active Table of Contents. Zero advertisements. DRM-free so you can enjoy it on other devices.