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Tales from the Storm Vol. 1: A Collection of Horror Stories
by C.R. Langille
Steve is up to his eyeballs fighting the infected and the militia ARM. There are many new surprises for the hero as he encounters horrific new versions of the undead.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
The storm rages on, leaving death and destruction in its path. With the chaos comes strange tidings and wicked ordeals.
From C.R. Langille, author of the Dark Tyrant Series comes a collection of weird and horrifying stories spanning all across history: the Spanish Conquest; the Old West; present day; and even a desolate, apocalyptic future.
Haunted hotel rooms, mysterious, mind-bending spots, infernal cargo, and misplaced wishes abound in this collection.
This story is set in our world in an apocalyptic future. People live in a pioneer type fashion; such as using horses and use make-shift wagons. One of the main characters drives a “wagon” made of an old Ford pick-up bed, pulled by two plow horses. The people are superstitious. They are reluctant to enter buildings, because the shadows inside may hide unknown dangers. They shudder at rumors of large creatures living in the Dead Lake; a stinky, salty lake.
The tale opens with three men going to guard “the spot”. The spot is located in the center of a brick wall, and the people living in the area are concerned with it getting bigger. In fact, the watchers measure it every two hours. What the spot is – was not explained, but I wondered if it were a portal to another dimension. It has hallucinatory effects on those nearby.
As the story progresses, there is the discussion of infection. It is not clear if those infected turn violent or simply die. But the people check each other’s eyes for signs of infection after they exit a building or have been around the spot.
The ending is a mystery. An enjoyable short read. It had the “feel” of a Lovecraft tale.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the August issue.