Review: Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre

Review: Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the MacabreHalloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre by Paula Guran
Released by Prime Books on 11 September 2013
Genres: Horror
Pages: 380
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781607014027
Source: Won

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The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of the past, the more we've come to love Halloween - the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favor of the bizarre, the "other side" is closest, and everyone can become anyone (or anything) they wish... and sometimes what they don't. Introducing nineteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrate the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays.

I won this book in a giveaway on Wendy’s blog Wensend, and I had been excited for this book for a while! I love Halloween, and I really like scary stories, so this book was perfect for me. It took me a while to actually finish the book, because I didn’t want to rush it, I wanted to read one story at a time, and not finish the book in a couple of days or so. Even though this book consist of several short stories, I will review and rate the book as one.

There were a couple of stories that I really liked, such as “The Mummy’s Heart”, “The Halloween Men” and “For the Removal of Unwanted Guests”; but there were also some stories that I didn’t really like. One of them was “Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still”, I actually tried to read it – but couldn’t get myself to continue, so I skipped it and went over to the next story.

In the end, I enjoyed this book a lot. Most of the stories were well written, though sometimes I had to read several passages twice to understand what it was saying (I still don’t get what “Thirteen” was about).

I do wish some of the stories had been longer, made into actual standalone books (like “The Halloween Men”, mainly because I like Maria V. Snyder as a writer).

If you want to read a nice book with Halloween stories, I certainly recommend Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre!