Holiday Fear

February 2, 2018

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Six independent tales of murder, mayhem, and madness are on the menu this holiday season.

As the last notes of “Auld Lang Syne” die away, a world-weary man, suffering from more than road rage, takes to the streets. During his drive, he recognizes his newest enemy: a homeless man who slighted him earlier. As a result, the driver runs him down and commits the city’s first homicide of the New Year. Elsewhere, a woman realizes that the Devil just might be in the details of a hellish contract offering a century of perpetual youth. Farther South, a man begins a birthday road trip. Unfortunately, an unscheduled stop in a not-so-friendly small town has disastrous results for this giant of the highways.

In addition, a family ventriloquist act goes awry as the maniacal puppet has plans of its own. Later, as Thanksgiving approaches, an infomercial promises a deal too good to be true, unless you’re an undertaker. Finally, a man decides that he is not going to be put upon by his spouse; so, he disposes of his murdered wife’s body in a way Edgar Allan Poe would be proud of.

These six holiday-centered tales are perfect for those less enamored by the holidays.

 

REVIEW

A well-crafted collection of dark fantasy tales

By Piaras on February 2nd, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)

Author Fred Golczewski weaves a collection of unique and fascinating dark fantasy tales, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints intriguing and action packed supernatural stories in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, all the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.

The stories had every element good stories should have; exciting plots, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the stories, and that’s something I look for in a good book.

The book synopsis gives a sneak preview: ‘As the last notes of “Auld Lang Syne” die away, a world-weary man, suffering from more than road rage, takes to the streets. During his drive, he recognizes his newest enemy: a homeless man who slighted him earlier. As a result, the driver runs him down and commits the city’s first homicide of the New Year. Elsewhere, a woman realizes that the Devil just might be in the details of a hellish contract offering a century of perpetual youth. Farther South, a man begins a birthday road trip. Unfortunately, an unscheduled stop in a not-so-friendly small town has disastrous results for this giant of the highways.

In addition, a family ventriloquist act goes awry as the maniacal puppet has plans of its own. Later, as Thanksgiving approaches, an infomercial promises a deal too good to be true, unless you’re an undertaker. Finally, a man decides that he is not going to be put upon by his spouse; so, he disposes of his murdered wife’s body in a way Edgar Allan Poe would be proud of.’

Now, if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again. I similarly enjoyed THE FARE, also penned by this talented storyteller.

It was difficult to pick a favorite from this collection, but if I had to it would be VALENTINE’S DAY (HEART AND SOUL). The main protagonist, Robin Banks, insisted that her soul was not for sale. However, the Devil himself was in the details of a ‘hellish contract offering a century of perpetual youth.’ Longing for her dead husband, her wish became a reality and the couple met every Valentine’s Day. As she had only two daughters, she had a powerful yearning to be impregnated again. But this time she wanted a male heir to continue her husband’s legacy. The story unfolds in such a way, that I was absolutely clueless right up to the very end. It was very cleverly executed.

If these books are anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Fred Golczewski in the future. I would definitely recommend this book and would love to see these spooky tales adapted for the Silver Screen. I honestly think they would each make a great movie in their own right.

This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The stories flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a mesmerizing journey!

It’s one of those books that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Fred Golczewski in the future! I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I write and live in Georgia. I like to write in as many genres as possible. I am now in the process of writing a private investigator series.

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