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Creature features and ‘Ghost of a Dream’

September 26, 2012
By Amy Phelps (news@graffitiwv.com) , Graffiti

Go back to school with a supernatural twist in this new anthology with New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Mike Carey and Thomas E. Sniegoski in "An Apple for the Creature."

Jonathan Maberry, Donald Harstad, Marjorie M. Liu, Rhys Bowen, Amber Benson, Faith Hunter, Steve Hockensmith, Nancy Holder and Toni L.P. Kelner also contribute stories that bring school straight into the supernatural world. Whether its students learning more about supernatural killers among them, a student learning from a master teacher, a school professor getting a little help with a personal problem through magic, and more, all of these stories will thrill and entertain.

A few of my favorites were "Playing Possum" in which Charlaine Harris brings a new Sookie Stackhouse story to fans of the series and "True Blood." Sookie brings cupcakes to her cousin Hunter's class and accidentally gets caught up in a very frightening situation with an armed man in which she, Hunter, and a young witch may be the only ones able to keep the situation from escalating.

Another was "Spellcaster 2.0" by Johnathan Maberry, where an atheist student learns that while you may not believe in religion or the supernatural, there are still consequences to playing around in their realm, when his project accidentally unleashes an ancient evil.

Another one was "Low School" by Rhys Bowen, where a compound teaches children history and one teacher tries to add a bit of compassion to their lessons. The twist? The children are zombies who can still think and reason, but are still deadly!

I love anthologies because there is such a great variety and will many times bring the reader to a new author. They also provide quick stories from favorite authors to tide you over until the next book!

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New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green returns to his Ghost Finders series with "Ghost of a Dream.

JC, Melody and Happy Jack, the members of the Carnacki Institute charged with "Doing Something About Ghosts" are back. First there is the little matter of a missing train, a haunted station and a ghost who doesn't realize he is one. They've barely got that all sorted when they get their next mission - to investigate a haunting at Haybarn Theatre. Before they know it, they've uncovered ancient evil, a murder cover up, and if he's lucky, JC may even be able to find his girlfriend, Kim again. Too bad she's a ghost.

This series is full of crackling wit, snappy characters and more than a few scares. Here's hoping there's more adventures in store for the Ghost Finders!

 
 

 

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