Book Review: 13 Wicked Tales of Witches by Avrin Kelly

Whether it’s around Halloween time, or one of the other 11 (boring) months out of the year; you are going to love these 13 stories from Avrin Kelly…

Dear Reader,

I present thirteen stories to horrify you, make you question existence, and even those around you. Thirteen tales of treachery, magic gone wrong and spells done right. Stories about people, just like you, who had a run-in with a Witch…or who are Witches themselves. 

You don’t know who the villains are until the end. You won’t know who the monsters are until they strike, but isn’t that the best part about horror?

The unknown?

If you are feeling particularly brave, I encourage you to explore the uncanny world of Witches, with me as your guide. Snuggle down with this creepy read, and come with me into the depths of wickedness and strange magic. To a place where nothing is ever as it seems, where the danger could be lurking in the shadows behind you or right beside you, in the light.

Thirteen tales of terror; every one of them involving a Witch…

–A handyman recalls the horrifying details of a job he wishes he’d forgotten.

–An overly curious English teacher gets way more than she bargained for when she sets out to solve a mystery concerning her next door neighbor.

–A Witch out for revenge on an unfaithful lover, finds he may have beaten her to the punch.

–A veteran cat burglar underestimates a wealthy old woman in the dead of night.

–A young handyman tells what happened when he went to work with his father one Saturday afternoon.

–A Warlock in college is having issues with his unruly doppelganger. 

–And more…Read “Thirteen Wicked Tales of Witches” and treat yourself to some twisty, turny (is that a word?) Halloween frights!!!

Signed Sincerely,

Your Guide

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I really enjoyed this short story collection. When I think of horror, I want to read about monsters or evil people. Some of these witches were pretty dark, right up my reading alley.

Ms. Burgess’s Pets:

Sam and Little Frank were plumbers who answered a call to an old lady’s home. Flour was all over the floor as they worked. My favorite line: “Honestly, at that point I just figured she was a little senile. And who could blame her? She was out here in the country all alone, all the time.” I enjoyed the twist regarding “pets.”

The Flags in Barrymore Village:

13 years old Ducky and Isaac watched the Witch Flag hang. Suddenly, very bad weather arrived in town. The story was full of suspense with the boys being locked in a basement for sinister purposes. My favorite lines: 1) “You should always be cautious in Barrymore Village. This place is not Mayberry.” 2) “It’s not snow.” Ducky sniffed the air, his face contorting into true horror. “It’s bone.”

Ajax:

This was one of my favorite stories. I loved the twist at the end. Cam was being bullied and wanted revenge. His cousin was psycho. My favorite line: “You wanted revenge, right?” I nodded. “How better to get that than to wash the smiles right off their faces.”

The Stick Lady:

This was very short. An old lady hung sticks from top of a tree. My favorite line: “It was the first of many emails I’ve received as of late. This is easily the least disturbing one.”

189 Martin Lane:

This was one of my favorite stories. A burglar climbed into a window of an old lady’s house to steal from her downstair’s safe. It was an eerie and chilling scene when she confronted the burglar. She was badass! My favorite line: “S-s-stay away from me.” I whispered, inching away from her. “You’re a monster.” I’d seen what was in her safe. I knew I was in over my head. I wish the author would’ve revealed what was in the safe.

The Crossroads:

The opening sentence: “Blood gushed from my side where Norman had stabbed me” hooked me right away. Two ex lovers faced off with witchcraft. I liked the twist at the end.

Neighbors:

This was one of my favorite stories. Red rain water flowed into a couple’s yard. They got it tested and figured out it was human blood from the neighbor’s yard. It was creepy (in a good way) how Ms. Aster stood naked, glancing at their cameras. There was great tension between the married couple. I cared about the characters. This was a depressing story; that witch was vicious! My favorite lines: 1) “She didn’t move. Didn’t blink. Didn’t flinch.” 2) “Yet.” I added. “She hasn’t hurt us yet. That blood came from somewhere…”

The Burrstreet Witches:

Viana was the head witch with 12 in her coven. I loved the twisty ending. My favorite line: “All thirteen of them were horrified.”

Night Owl

This was one of my favorite stories. Clarity was suspicious of her gorgeous coworker Suzette. An owl was stalking Clarity. A creepy owl! I was sad that Clarity’s fiance had died. The story was eerily spooky. Well done to the author. The villain was truly a villain. My favorite lines: 1) “The entire time, I felt like someone was watching me. Like something was watching me.” 2) “The elevator’s interior lights flickered off, abandoning me in total, suffocating darkness.”

Twine:

The story started with the reveal of a real live zombie gerbil. The little sister brought things back to life with a string, with bad consequences of course. I loved the twist of the little sister. I never saw it coming. I wish the ending would’ve shown if the main character (brother) escaped or not.

Fetch:

A fetch (or doppelganger) was trying to kill a guy in college. No mirrors or reflective surfaces were allowed in the guy’s apartment. A guest accidentally left his cell phone on the couch, so craziness happened. My favorite lines: 1) “Don’t worry, just say the word.” I told him. I sounded more confident than I really was. 2) He rolled his eyes and got to his feet. “Sorry,” he mumbled as he rubbed his head. “Almost dying will give a person an attitude sometimes.”

Old Hag Syndrome:

Eric talked to a shrink because a witch kept attacking him in his sleep. His life was out of control and everyone thought he was crazy. Gaining strength, the witch started haunting Eric and Barry in the daytime. Barry was already committed to an insane asylum. Eric was being threatened with the same fate. I was a little confused by the ending.

Low Gravity Charms

A warlock was supposed to be a guide on a spaceship. The crew got attacked by an outside force.

The Truth About Wildwood

This was one of my favorite stories. A coven of witches lived in the middle of the woods. I loved how the main character was talking to us, the readers. It made the story seem more real. I enjoyed the twist of the main character and Henry. My favorite lines: 1) “I’m not ashamed to say I was scared. I’d rather be out here in the woods by myself than make a decision concerning my future. What an idiot.” 2) “She shook and cowered away from me. Embarrassed. Confused. Horrified.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

My Interview Turned Into a #Horror Story!!!

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I had the pleasure of being a guest on Avrin Kelly’s blog. Wicked Shorts features her quirky, horror short stories. She really impressed me. Instead of just doing a standard interview, she wanted to turn my Q&A into a horror story. Welcome to my first collaborative effort. Avrin was a rock star, writing and revising 95% of everything.

Here’s an excerpt of Glass Witch:

The dark, three story house loomed overhead as I stood in the property’s driveway. Droplets of water fell from above, threatening to undo the curls in my hair and the makeup on my face.

I propelled myself out of the rain and up the steps. The old wood creaked under my heels as I glided to the tall front door and unlocked the house.

Today was a huge day.

I couldn’t believe my good luck.

It was my very first interview for Wicked Shorts: a blog I hosted about speculative fiction, weird fiction and horror and the person I was interviewing was quickly becoming a personal hero of mine.

Yawatta Hosby was a strong, impeccably well written author of thriller and suspense novels. She was the real deal, and she’d be here in less than ten minutes.

To continue reading, please click: Glass Witch/Yawatta Hosby (Interview).

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 1 of #DecTheShelves

I’m a huge believer in authors supporting other authors. There’s a cool Twitter challenge I couldn’t pass up. It lets me support authors, and my kindle gets to download awesome books. Win, win. What’s the challenge you ask…

#DecTheShelves

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December 1-December 25, a group of us are buying 1 book every day. Authors post their buy links to the hashtag #DecTheShelves, then we choose what we want on our kindle or any other ereader. The Twitter challenge is hosted by @MelanieAThurlow.

If you’re an author on Twitter, send us your buy links!

Being so excited on Day 1, I bought two books instead of one 🙂

Some people can fly. Some can see impossible distances. Some can change their appearance, control the elements, or run at incredible speed. 

Charlie Ferris can kill with a touch.

Contrary to what the superhuman government believes, Charlie has no dreams of world domination or mass murder. Neither does he wish to pretend his powers don’t exist. He wants to use his abilities for good, but how? As the immortal years pass, Charlie fears that villainy is the only option for the master of death.

But when an undying army appears at their doorstep, the superhuman authorities have no choice but to call on a professional killer.

Charlie wants to believe that this is his chance to prove he’s a good guy, but sparks fly at every encounter. When harassment mounts and prejudice backs him into a wall, The Ferryman must decide what is more important: a good reputation…or goodness?

Whether is’s around Halloween time, or one of the other 11 (boring) months out of the year; you are going to love these 13 stories from Avrin Kelly…

Dear Reader,

I present thirteen stories to horrify you, make you question existence, and even those around you. Thirteen tales of treachery, magic gone wrong and spells done right. Stories about people, just like you, who had a run-in with a Witch…or who are Witches themselves. You won’t know who the villains are until the end. You won’t know who the monsters are until they strike, but isn’t that the best part about horror?

The unknown?

If you are feeling particularly brave, I encourage you to explore the uncanny world of Witches, with me as your guide. Snuggle down with this creepy read, and come with me into the depths of wickedness and strange magic. To a place where nothing is ever as it seems, where the danger could be lurking in the shadows behind you or right beside you, in the light. 

Thirteen tales of terror; every one of them involving a Witch…

–A handyman recalls the horrifying details of a job he wishes he’d forgotten.

–An overly curious English teacher gets way more than she bargained for when she sets out to solve a mystery concerning her next door neighbor.

–A Witch out for revenge on an unfaithful lover, finds he may have beaten her to the punch.

–A veteran cat burglar underestimates a wealthy old woman in the dead of night.

–A young handyman tells what happened when he went to work with his father one Saturday afternoon.

–A Warlock in college is having issues with his unruly doppleganger.

–And more…Read “Thirteen Wicked Tales of Witches” and treat yourself to some twisty, turny (is that a word?) Halloween frights!!!

Signed Sincerely,

Your Guide

What books are you looking forward to reading in the near future?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby