Review: Thirty Scary Tales by Rayne Hall
Thirty creepy, atmospheric horror stories by Rayne Hall.
These stories are 'quiet' horror, not overly violent and gory, although there are some graphic moments.
Please note: these stories have been previously published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies as well as in the Six Scary Tales collections.
I received this book via Tomoson and the author.
Now to me the stories weren't overall scary but they were a bit creepy. Out of all the scary tales I have to say I only had 2 favorites. The Bridge Chamber and Four Bony Hands.
The Bridge Chamber literally had my chest constricting being as it is a story of a couple of teenagers going in a tunnel but then there is no way out. Small space and with other people around not good for this girl right here. Now Four Bony Hands is a twist on the old Hansel and Gretel and it was one that I didn't even think about being a twist until the end.
Each story is unique in its on way, and I love how the author told us how the story came to be after we read each story. I think this book has a little bit of everything for everyone, so even if one story is not your forte than maybe another story would be.
Overall all the stories were greatly written and not too long so you didn't get immersed into the story only to be disappointed. You got the beginning, middle and the end all wrapped up into each story which is a good thing, because I don't like to read short stories only to be left hanging and wondering what else could happen.
Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction, some of it quirky, most of it dark. She is the author of over sixty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.
After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.
Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.
Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing Dark Stories, Writing About Villains, Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel, Writing About Magic, Twitter for Writers) are bestsellers.
Rayne Hall is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies:
"Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
"Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance"
"Dragon: Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts"
"Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk"
with more titles coming soon.
The stories in her Six Scary Tales series and the Thirty Scary Tales collection are subtle horror: suspenseful, creepy atmospheric, unsettling. Although they contain little violence and gore, they may not be suitable for young readers. Many of these stories have been previously published in other books or magazines.
British English: All Rayne Hall's books use British words, spellings, grammar and punctuation. If you're allergic to British English, avoid them. ;-)
YouTube "Ten Random Facts about Rayne Hall" (2 minute video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXR4T...
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