Autumn Harvest: A Celebration of Halloween and the Macabre… brings together all the fun things that may have scared you as a kid about Halloween while taking those stories a step further by adding a new dimension that will horrify and sicken you as an adult.
In this creepy and dark humored anthology consisting of a dozen or so short-fiction pieces and the Novella, “A Pumpkins’ Halloween” you will be catapulted back into the world you remember as a child where ghosts, vampires, zombies, all kinds of boogeymen were real. You will also experience a new form of terror as an adult in reading these stories because many of the villains that these tales encompass could be easily pulled right out of the headlines.
Mark Kasniak has definitely hit another home run with this work, which is a collection of short stories and a novella all themed around Halloween. They are full of surprises and twists and macabre dark humour which keeps it entertaining and thought provoking. Each story is well-written and self-contained, but they all contribute positively to the overall volume.
It is profane and has cursing, but not overly much, and it never really dips too far into the pool of grotesqueries. I enjoyed reading about Jack-O-Lanterns telling stories to each other about Halloween while trick-or-treaters went on their merry way, but I think my favorite story was about wondering what’s in the food.
Everyone has had an experience where they are about to tuck into a meal and suddenly it occurs to them that what they are about to eat doesn’t look entirely appetizing, or doesn’t necessarily look how we might have expected. This can be worrisome for some, and this story really drives this fear home in a frightening way!
Creepy sums it all up pretty well, and if you’re looking for a frightful way to spend a few nights, then this might be just what you’re looking for! Highly Recommended!
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