Review: Southern Haunts – Edited by Alexander S Brown & J.L. Mulvihill

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My review today is of the book Southern Haunts. 
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Synopsis:

Southern Haunts (editors Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Mulvihill): From the shadowed realms of the paranormal comes 16 chilling tales that dwell in the South and Southwest. Resurrected in your very hands are stories that will make you laugh, ponder, and shiver as the reader is introduced to spirits that are humorous, saddened, and vengeful.

From 16  authors, learn of haunted homes, buildings, landmarks and roads where restless entities from beyond the grave desire acknowledgement amongst the living.  Become acquainted with the aftermath of an eclipse that awakens the dead in a Memphis cemetery, see what horrors dwell in the woods at Hell’s Gate, learn the dark secrets of Sidney’s Cotton, and dare to travel down Ghost Road.
These and many other tales are sure to keep you awake as you are introduced to what makes the South and South West so unique…. History and GHOSTS!!!!!So, sit back, dim the lights and prepare yourself to face the spirits that walk among us.
Featured stories and authors in Southern Haunts:
Windsong Levitch – “Interview for a Ghost Hunter”
H. David Blalock – “An Eclipse Over Elmwood”
Richard Parks – “Sydney’s Cotton”
Jason Hughes – “Ghost Road”
Herika R. Raymer – “Cal’s Cutoff”
Diane Ward – “The Shack”
Roland Mannn – “Haints”
L.S. Nadler – “You Will Come to Meet Your Demise”
M.R. Williamson – “Hell’s Gate”
William R. Eakin – “Maddness”
Roman Merry – “Wellspring”
Kalila Smith – “The Bequest”
Miguel L. Viscarra – “The Cleansing”
J.L. Mulvihill – “Bath 10″
Angela Lucius – “Nightmares at Moccasin Bend”
Alexander S. Brown – “The Top Floor”

MY REVIEW

4stars

All my life I’ve been a lover of the unknown.  May it be space, intelligent life on other planets or more earthbound unknowns such as poltergeists, telepathy, haunted houses or ghostly spirits.  For those of you like me, you will truly enjoy this book of ghostly stories.

A mixture of funny, serious, scary and crazy stories, this book had me intrigued from the beginning to the end.  I found the switch up 0f the stories and their tones to be quite refreshing and non-distractive.  There are so many different books out there about ghosts you may wonder “why this one?”  My response is, “why not?”  It’s enjoyable, the stories aren’t as rigid and straight edged as others making it fun and worth your time.

So you wonder, with such a great review, why only 4 stars?  Even though I loved the stories, some of them just needed a bit more smoothing of the rough edges.  The story itself was good, but the path was a bit jagged.  A little more polishing would bring this book up there in the ratings.  Other than that, I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mixture of ghost stories.

Editor Bios
Alexander S. Brown
Alexander S_ Brown
Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008. His first book, Traumatized, is a short story collection that has received rave reviews from horror fans throughout America. Although, Brown began as a horror author, he has recentlypublished two young adult steampunk tales, which can be found in the anthologies, Dreams of Steam 2: Brass and Bolts, as well as, Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His poem, “Maters” was later published in the magazine, Midnight Screaming Volume 3, #4. Brown says there are more works on the way as he plans to write a series of novels chronicling the lives of residents in a town that is damned.  Eventually, he will pen a fantasy/horror trilogy.
J.L Mulvihill
J L Mulvihill is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa, published through Kerlak Publishing.  Other stories J L has J_L_ Mulvihillwritten and had published includes, Chilled Meat, a steampunk thriller, found in Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology; The Leprechaun’s Story, a steampunk urban fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells.  A Real Dragon and Magic in The Ozarks, found in Memories and Dreams published by The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, AR; Jen’s Spicy Crawfish Bisque, found in It’s All about Food with a Mississippi Twist, published through the Clinton Ink-Slingers; and The Proud Oak, published through the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.
 
J L Mulvihill has written several articles for Examiner.com as the Jackson Literature Examiner.  She is also an event’s coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower, a volunteer organization of authors and artists who promote their own publications while lending a hand to other writers and artists.  J L Mulvihill is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group, and the Java Jotters. 
J L is currently working on her second novel, Elsindai, as well as her young adult steampunk series, Steel Roots, and an anthology project with horror author Alexander S. Brown entitled Southern Haunts.  She also continues to write short stories in the fantasy, steampunk, horror, and sci/fi genre, as well as poetry inspired by her life in Mississippi.  She has also been known to Karaoke from time to time when she thinks no one is looking.            
 
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