Length: 137 pages / Published: June, 2018
Cover art and design by Cameron Trost
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An anthology for readers who love stormy weather, whether it be the thunderstorms of the tropics, the tempests of the Atlantic, or the blizzards of the frozen north. Seek shelter, batten down the hatches, and lose yourself in this short anthology of suspense, mystery, and terror, designed to be read in one stormy sitting while the wind howls or thunder bellows.
Absinthe for the Soul by Danielle Birch
Deep-Sea Fishing by Claire Fitzpatrick
The Murder at Karreg Du by Cameron Trost
The Bells of St. Clement's by Stuart Olver
Creep's Motel by Jeremy Hayes
And Then There Were Two by Pym Schaare
The Inimitable Livers by Mark McAuliffe
"Stormy weather. Mysterious. Weird. Twisted. Frightening. All are adequate descriptions of this anthology. The stories take place in stormy weather, but they are varied in tone and genre, from a traditional Sherlockian mystery to pure terror to the Twilight Zone.
All the stories were enjoyable, but among my favorites was the opening tale, Absinthe for the Soul by Danielle Birch about a lovely mysterious woman who appears at a writer’s retreat during a violent storm. Her effect on each of the writers in residence is mesmerizing. To me, this tale had echoes of Edgar Allan Poe.
I always love a good traditional mystery, and Cameron Trost did not disappoint with his Oscar Tremont story, The Murder at Karreg Du. Due to a fallen tree blocking the road during a storm, Oscar and his wife are forced to stop at a secluded inn. When a murder is committed, he jumps right in. A clever solution.
The Bells of Saint Clement’s by Stuart Oliver is an interesting tale of forbidden love between a teacher and her pupil. Twists and turns abound, and the theme of nursery rhymes adds an interesting background.
Creep's Motel by Jeremy Hayes. The title says it all. Suffice it to say that when there is a violent storm, one should always be selective about where they must seek shelter. This was enjoyable from start to finish, and, dare I say, a little creepy."
- Robert Petyo, mystery author
"Dark tales during a thunderstorm. I waited for storm season to arrive so I could get the whole sensory experience of this anthology - smelling the rain, listening to the thunder, flashes of lightning - and this anthology didn’t disappoint. My personal favourite was Absinthe for the Soul with its long, slow build...but each story grabbed me in its own way."
- Fiona, Goodreads reviewer