I am stepping out of my comfort zone today with a collection of chilling short stories for you all. Many thanks to Jay Raven, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.
From malevolent medieval magicians to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.
Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:
- A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
- An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
- The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving a trace of violence on their bodies.
- Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
- A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
- A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost.
- The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
- A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.
If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…
I was somewhat trepidatious about joining the blog tour for this book. I don’t cope well with scary tales, and having read the blurb I was concerned that this would be a little much for me to deal with – sleep eludes me at the best of times, so reading a nightmare inducing book really wouldn’t help. Upon speaking to my horror loving friend KT Robson, I was persuaded that I would probably be okay. Good news! I was fine, I think partly because as a collection of short stories none were of the length required to really get under my skin and freak me out. Furthermore, I am actually really glad that I tried this book as I found that I quite enjoyed it, although I don’t think I’ll be reaching for the Stephen King books quite yet.
Game of Crones is filled with vivid imagery, with the author painting such a clear image of the landscape surrounding each story that you could actually feel that you were there. Achieving this at the same time as creating characters that you really cared about in each story in so few words is a true talent, and one that I wished I possessed. As the title of the book suggests, the author is a master of taking something instantly recognisable and adding their own twist to it. I particularly liked how this was applied in “Changeling” and “Suggestion of Evil.” Whilst some of the stories, such as “Prince Charming” made me chuckle to myself, others, including “By Royal Command” struck me as quite sad. For me, experiencing such a range of emotions in a collection of short stories is rare as I usually find that I have finished the story and moved on to the next before I have had time to form an opinion.
Game of Crones is a book that I would definitely recommend both to people who wouldn’t normally read short stories, and also to those who normally avoid the creepier books. This book is a great introduction to both, and is a great showcase of the author’s writing skills.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.
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