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October 9, 2013




Rayne Hall
Illustrated by Jamie Chapman 

Cover art by Nadia Boskovska
13 British Horror Stories
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 4, 2013)
 (from Goodreads)
Thirteen tales set in Britain, penned by Sussex horror author Rayne Hall and illustrated by Essex artist Jamie Chapman. Atmospheric, unsettling and creepy, these stories will tingle your spine and send shivers across your skin.

The stories included in this collection are: Take me to St Roch's, Seagulls, Never Leave Me, Double Rainbows, Scruples, Through the Tunnel, The Devil You Know, I Dived the Pandora, Four Bony Hands, Beltane, Druid Stones, Burning,Only a Fool.

The horror in these stories is spooky, creepy, unsettling and sometimes disturbing. It is not very violent or gory; however, the stories may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance.

Cover art by Nadica Boskovska. Interior illustrations by Jamie Chapman and others.

I love a good horror story and this book has 13 of  good creepy stories. They are quick reads, between 5-20 pages each. At the beginning of the book the author tells how she gets her ideas. I enjoyed this a lot.  She spends a lot of time and heart into her writings.  She says in the front of the book that she doesn't find ideas, they find her,  I liked that. My favorite part was where she spent a night in a cemetery to get the feel for her writings.The author did a wonderful job of describing characters and locations felt that these weren't horror, horror, but scary and eerie.  A few will put chills on your arms. The author introduces the main character with background and then does her magic with the adventure that scares but isn't so bad that you'll have nightmares and be looking behind your back. The stories aren't just about scaring you but putting the scare in a story.  I really liked THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.  A woman who meets a creature at the empty railway station after leaving her abusive boyfriend. You can just picture this distraught woman at the empty railway station and around the corner comes this creature.  That is a little creepy.  There are a couple of stories that have a twist of humor in them and will make you smile. She wrote some amazingly creepy stories that would be fine for middle schoolers to read.  They are not guts and gore.  Just good creepy  stories. the author has a talent of creating an atmosphere that puts you in the mood for the story and holds you there. I would recommend this book to anyone, probably 10 and up.  If you are a light horror, creepy, and eerie story lover than this is a good book to read.  Go get a copy and watch out.  Some are 
C R E E P Y!!!!!!!!! 

I gave this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of 13 BRITISH HORROR STORIES from the author, Rayne Hall for my unbiased review.

I would give the cover 4 STARS.

Rayne Hall
Portrait by Fawnheart
Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction, some of it quirky, most of it dark. She is the author of over forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet) are bestsellers.
Some of Rayne Hall's Books
 Six Quirky Tales - Fantasy - Rayne Hall
ColourDishonourStormDancer RayneHall SamDenmark30ScaryTales RayneHall Horror Xteve Abanto13BritishHorrorStories RayneHall NadicaBoskovska

1 comment:

Rayne Hall said...

Thanks for reviewing 13 British Horror Stories. :-)