Monday, 17 January 2011
Sing Sorrow Sorrow
Chilling Tales for a Winter's Evening
review by Maryom
A collection of tales from various authors edited by Gwen Davies. All drawing their inspiration from the darker side of folk tales.
I'm not normally a reader of horror stories but found myself irresistibly drawn into these. There's something to suit all tastes from the mildly spine tingling to the out-right horrific (I soon decided these weren't stories to prop up and eat over lunch)
Tales of house demons, hags, temptresses, disappearing children, a keepsake box of the blood-curdling mementoes....Some set now, some in the past and others in strange future worlds.
My favourite though had to be the darkly funny tale, The Pit by Jon Gower, of a once-human creature lurking in the coal pits of South Wales and almost starved into extinction by Margaret Thatcher's anti-union policies!
Read them now, while nights are still dark and the wind gusts down the chimney, maybe if you're brave enough dim the lighting for that real shiver-down-the-spine feeling.
Maryom's review - 4.5 stars
Publisher - Seren Books
Genre - adult fiction, horror, fantasy
I've included this as one of the books of my British Book Challenge at The Bookette