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FantasticLand: A Novel By Mike Bockoven – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FantasticLand: A Novel
By Mike Bockoven
5 out of 5 stars

The book FantasticLand: A Novel by Mike Bockoven is a story that will both shock and keep you reading until the final page. It is a book that is chilling and one I couldn’t put down. It is written in the form of interviews with those who survived after a hurricane ravages Florida. In the aftermath a group in the park FantasticLand tell a tale that is sure to unnerve anyone who reads it. It is a horror novel that tries to find answers to questions of what went wrong. They had enough food and water. They had a survival plan. Why the chaos? This is a story that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. It kept me reading far into the night to finish it. The atmosphere runs the gambit from pure terror to relief and indifference when those who survived finally were rescued. The author does an amazing job of bringing the characters and the situations that they faced to life. I felt like I was right there watching everything that happened. Don’t miss out on a story that gives you a glimpse into the psyche of the survivors and the actions taken by those who were there when they were rescued.

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Erin Wolf

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology 5 stars.

This collection of horror and paranormal is perfect for any time of the year in my opinion, but especially fitting around the spooky time of the year. Based around Halloween and/or All Soul’s Day, this set is so eclectic, you will not be disappointed at all. While I had my favorites (a girl who grows up in a funeral parlor, a carnival in purgatory, strange happenings in an eerie motel, a necromancer), all these stories are quite good. They are all written so well and each one is very unique from the next. These authors obviously have such wonderful imaginations and I will definitely be following up on some of the new to me authors.

If you like things that go bump in the night and things this side of normal, I highly recommend this set. However, you may need to leave the lights on and ignore that noise in the other room…

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Angela Hayes

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Soul’s Day Box Set: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme Anthology is a superb collection of stories from 19 talented authors. As the title would suggest, all the stories have a bit of a spooky, darkish theme- cleverly woven to give all the chills and thrills. The stories are all very quick, easy, and enjoyable reads. Each individual story has its own unique ‘personality’, feel, and individual identity to the collection, and each one definitely brings its own ‘flavour’ to the whole- but all manage to blend together into a cohesive collection, complimenting the other stories, and providing a dynamic and memorable read.
There are so many things to like about this collection- from all the wonderful paranormal elements, and all the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night- Necromancers, demons, shifters, Nephilim, ghosts, soul collectors, and so many more Halloween inspired characters. All Hallow’s inspiration brings murder, violence, action, adventure, drama, romance, suspense, intrigue, secrets, magic, danger, horror, voodoo, historical, and so much more to keep you spellbound!

The Anthology contains:

-My Dead Life By: Erin Lee

-A Hallow’s Eve Jinx Part II By: Judith Holstrom

-Dead Men Rising By: Amber Garr

-Cursed (The Shifter’s of Salem) By: Ashlee Sinn

-Daughter of Darkness (The Ebony Angel Book #1) By: L.L Hunter

-Drained By: Monique Singleton

-Revenant (Part One) By: Majanka Verstraete

-Karma Karnival By: Aubrey Wynne

-Night Ranger By: Stephanie Ayers

-The Root of all Evil By: D.M Wolfenden

-Finders Keepers (An Almost Gothic Love Affair) By: Maggie Tideswell

-Shh… By: Sian B. Claven

-Dungeons and Demons (Part Two) By: Kayla Krantz

-The Guardian’s Nightmare By: Yvette Bostic

-Hidden in the Dark By: Brandy Nacole

-Jilted By: Azaaa Davis

-Still Breathing In My Dreams By: Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

-Chimera By: Lea Cherry

-Little Golden Locket By: Scarlet LeClair

 

This is definitely one of the most interesting anthologies that I have read. All the stories are entertaining, intriguing, and well-rounded. The book contains the work of some authors who I am familiar with, but also has a lot of stories by authors writers are new to me. So, this book has been a fantastic introduction to these new (to me) authors- as well as allowing me to catch up with the work from authors that I know and love.
You may have noticed that I have read quite a lot of anthologies lately, as I am enjoying the diversity of stories that can be found within an anthology, and appreciate that I can enjoy many stories that all have a common theme and inspiration.
There are 19 superb stories from 19 talented authors. What better way to spend a day than curled up with a book that will keep you entertained with plenty of thrills and chills.

Thank you to all the contributing authors!

 

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Tausha Treadway

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology. All I can say is you better hold on to your britches! This anthology will have you sleeping with one eye open and you won’t want to put it down until you are finished. One of my favorite books was Karma’s Karnival and it was hair raising. Its the story of Ellie who is sweet and lovable so you don’t want anything bad to happen to her but this is a horror collection. I also loved the history because it made me feel like I was really there making it even more creepy. Each story is full of demons, mystery, murder and horror so fun to read on a dark rainy night. I promise it will make the hair on your arms stand up and you will feel like you aren’t alone. Amazing scary anthology.

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This boxset is filled with new to me authors with some amazing stories! If you need a bump in the night story or anything to help keep your spooky loving heart content, this is for you. 19 authors, 19 stories and each with their own twists and turns .
I can’t pick just one to talk about as they all snagged me in some way, i highly recommend these!

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a compilation of tales of the paranormal and horror variety, it is all themed around All Hallows Eve, or Halloween to most.

The stories in this set range from the view of death from the viewpoint of the living in a mortuary, a haunted house which kills those who enter it in a gruesome manner to a necromancer making tough choices in order to survive.

It also includes the romance between a shifter and a witch in a town surrounded in danger and intrigue where revelations can become life threatening and a teenager in need of training and aid is coming out of hiding and discovering that she is more talented she thought and also more dangerous, but will she be able to juggle life’s challenges or become the danger everyone fears?

The discovery of a dead body which looks like an ancient mummy is only the start of this violent and graphic story for those over 18 only and a woman on a mission to avenge the deaths of ghosts she can see attached to the living, but only after the questions she has have been answered, but how did she become like this and how does she get her answers? Only she knows that.

Next is the Karma Karnival but it isn’t all candyfloss and corn dogs, this is a Karnival with a twist, it is where those who have died learn where they will spend their death, but where this will be only the newly arrived Lord and Lady Karma know as they repent for Lord Karma’s sins .

It also contains the story of the Night Ranger as he waits to capture the last four souls he owes so that he can remove the curse placed upon him, but will he get them, or will another deal be struck in its place?

It’s Halloween night and Kris cannot sleep, but when she hears a scream ringing out and intruders in her idyllic home, can she and her husband survive the night or will these intruders be more than he can handle?

A woman has surgery to see and hear again, but as Halloween approaches, was this surgery the best idea, or will she be lost to her new world of sights and sounds? The woods at the edge of town seem to be the perfect place to play a game of dungeons and dragons, but will this group of boys survive the game when their Dungeon Master is an estranged classmate with a plan?

A forest guardian filled with spirits and a knight with magically powered swords clash, but does their future lie together and alive or separate and dead? Two sisters, MaryAnn and Ester enter the woods a night, despite the warnings of their grandfather, but when MaryAnn is taken from her, Ester escapes to run home and her grandfather, who retrieves MaryAnne’s body from the woods, but nobody believes how she died, apart from him, but why is she not able to mourn her sister and instead is still .fearful for her life and will the darkness now come back for her?

Theresa has it all, a booming following on social media, a job as an administrative assistant a clinic where she met her fiance, but on her wedding night, it all changes and s when her husband disappears, she has to uncover his secrets and save the life that she has built, but will she be able to do it? Irenna is an artist and that is all she wants to do with her life, but when she has to go on a trip with the worst person she can think of travelling with, her tormentor, she realises that their futures are bound in a way she she could never imagine, but in what way is what she has to discover.

Finally, a camping trip in the woods on Halloween sounds like a great idea to Raven and her friends, but that changes when they are being picked off one by one by something in the woods, but what is it that is hunting them and what happens to her friends once they disappear? All the while, another group of friends learn that they should have listened to the old ghost stories that people told them, but when they realise that they shouldn’t have taken the boat to the Island, it is too late to see how their lives would have panned out, but how this one day will change their lives, nobody knows, apart from the woman who is after them.

For a spine tingling and blood chilling box set, this one hits the mark, so what are you waiting for, dig in to these halloween themed tales for a worthwhile scare.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Erica Fish

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Karma’s Karnival by Aubrey Wynne is one of the books in the Soul’s Day Boxset. Let me tell you that all the books in this Halloween Anthology are amazing but the best one for me is Karma’s Karnival. I had to read this book in the middle of the day because I was a little scared of what was going to be coming around every corner. When you go to Karnival’s custom sideshow, you will always get a prize. It may not be the one you are thinking of but there is a winner. This sideshow is dark and you can see in your mind’s eye everything because of Aubrey Wynne’s descriptive writing. I highly recommend this story. The other books in this anthology are good too. The authors have come together with eye-opening horror and paranormal storylines in everyone. If you are looking for a spooky read I recommend all of these books.

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Kerry Carr

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this collection  of paranormal and horror stories. There is a collection of 19 stories by a variety of authors which means you can read stories by authors you don’t know and may find a new favourite.

One of my new favourites is Aubrey Wynne. Her story was really captivating. Its about a couple who die in an accident. The wife is set to go to heaven, however her husband is set to go to hell  for his deeds in life. With the help of his wife he is in purgatory and needs to redeem himself. Can he make up for his deeds in life? With the help of his wife can he redeem himself or is it too little too late.

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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Heather Lovelace

Soul's Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween ThemeSoul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Theme by Erin Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This anthology was a “fun” departure from the usual anthologies I find to read. Very well put together, the collection was cohesive and well publicized for the spookier time of year. If you enjoy paranormal, spooky reading, you will enjoy this volume. All of the authors contributed something I found interesting – and I found some authors that I hadn’t read before. I will admit that Wynne was an immediate pull for me as I’ve read several other works from her library. It was nice to see her step outside the genre I typically find her writing. Overall just a great story from Wynne and collection from the group.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Soul’s Day Boxset: Horror and Paranormal Halloween Anthology – Review by Liz Vrchota

Soul's DaySoul’s Day by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love a box set of themed books! Throw in the fact that it is my favorite theme, Spooky Season, and I am in legit heaven. I scooped this gem up as soon as it released and it kept me in the spirit of the spooky season all season long! I loved that some of these were new to me authors so now I have a list of new TBR’s to read soon as well as it featuring some of my favorite authors. (cause we all need a longer TBR right? LOL!) One of the stories that stuck out to me the most was Karma’s Karnival by Aubrey Wynne. This book was a thrill ride to read and I am anxious to see what its future will be with this new series from her. It has so many layers to it but honestly the scare was easy to enjoy. Who doesn’t love a good karnival? Throw in Purgatory and you have quite the adventure! I will share the names of the authors included below of the other reads, all are worthy of at least 4 stars if not more! This set is one you do not want to miss!

Erin Lee
Kristin Ping w/a Judith Holstrom
Amber Garr
Ashlee Sinn
L.L. Hunter
Monique Singleton
Majanka Verstraete
Aubrey Wynne
Stephanie Ayers
DM Wolfenden
Maggie Tideswell
Sian B. Claven
Kayla Krantz
Yvette Bostic
Brandy Nacole
Jennifer Fish-Ferguson
Lea Cherry
Scarlet Le Clair
Azaaa Davis

Review by @lizaileen
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