Halloween Carnival, Volume Two - Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 2 - Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James, Brian James Freeman

With Halloween right around the corner, let's get right into this collection.



Mr. Dark's Carnival - Glen Hirshberg



A Montana ghost story thats got some nice creepiness. David is a college professor that teaches a class that explores folklore and his favorite part of the course is the folk tale of Mr. Dark's Carnival. For many years, it has been rumored that the mysterious carnival pops up in a rural setting and only a few select people get chosen to attend. David has never met anyone that has personally been to the carnival and doesn't believe it truly exists until he gets his ticket. A great ghost story that has a murky ending.



4 out of 5 stars



The Facts in the Case of My Sister - Lee Thomas



David's estranged sister, Joyce, is in the hospital from an "accident". The prognosis isn't good and David has doubts that her injuries were from an accident. When Joyce and he were kids, David taught himself how to do magic tricks from a book he got. Joyce was always his willing audience and participant. Now, David pulls out a trick from his past to learn what really happened to Joyce.



4 out of 5 stars



Mischief Night - Holly Newstein



Willard had a good life, a loving family and wife, and looked forward to his retirement. He was never a drinker after growing up with a nasty old drunk for a father. In what seemed like a harmless way to celebrate his retirement, the bottle grabs ahold of Willard and doesn't let go. On Mischief Night, Willard meets a troubled teen that stumbles into his basement. Can one man's bad decisions help alter the path the youngster is headed down?



4 out of 5 stars



The Ghost Maker - Del James



Halloween has it's own set of scares when you're a mob hit man. You have to be on your toes, even if you're the grim reaper. Great voice that makes for a fun read.



5 out of 5 stars



The Pumpkin Boy - Al Sarrantonio



Jody is a latchkey kid for half an hour every afternoon until his mom gets home. He knows he's not supposed to be outside and he follows that rule. Until, one day, he sees the Pumpkin Boy walking past his window and he can't believe his eyes. For police detective, Len Schneider, Jody's disappearance is bringing back old, haunted memories that he's been trying to lock away for 18 years. What started out as a promising novella, fell flat for me with the ending.



3 out of 5 stars



Overall, a nice little collection with mostly hits than misses. Well worth the time.



4 out of 5 stars