Book Review: Halloween Season
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one of my favorite covers right now. Incredible work from @lynnehansenart 🙌🏻 Also big thanks to @erinalmehairi for getting me a copy, and congrats to @lucyasnyder and @rdspress for putting this out into the world! Ok, now on to the review!
SUMMARY: One of the best things about Halloween is you don’t have to be yourself. So go ahead and try on a new mask or two … you may discover hidden talents as a witch, a pirate, a space voyager, a zombie fighter, or even an elf. This is the perfect collection to celebrate the season of the dead or to summon those heady autumn vibes whenever you like. You may even find a couple of tales that evoke a certain winter holiday that keeps trying to crowd in on the fun. In the worlds within this book, every day is Halloween!
So I’m a little conflicted here. On one hand Lucy Snyder is a great writer. Her writing voice is so strong, and every story exudes a style that is whimsical, engaging, and very approachable. There’s also a pleasant variety of genres here, from cosmic horror to dark comedy to science fiction and fantasy. The stories that are really good are a lot of fun to read.
On the other hand, not every story really worked for me. Typically they would begin with furious activity but then fall flat by the end. Also, and this may not be a qualm for some, but in a collection that would appear so Halloween-centric there are very few stories that actually involve the spookiest of seasons in any meaningful way. And the inclusion of two Christmas stories felt…wrong.
Overall it’s an uneven group of stories, as collections tend to go, but there’s certainly much worth reading. In fact with such a wide variety there’s probably something here for everyone! Certain stories I’d even like to see as full novels!
“Visions of the Dream Witch”
“What Dwells Within”
“In the Family”
Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
If you want to learn more about Lucy Snyder and her work then check out her website (https://www.lucysnyder.com/) or follow him and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lucyasnyder/) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LucyASnyder).
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