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Dead Reflections by Carol Weekes

Dead Reflections (edition 2013)

by Carol Weekes

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Title:Dead Reflections
Authors:Carol Weekes
Info:San Mateo, CA : JournalStone, 2013.
Collections:2013, Read but unowned
Tags:early reviewers, fiction, thriller, short story, collection, tpb, 2.5, reviewed

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Book Info: Genre: Horror anthology
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of horror
Trigger Warnings: death of children, spouses

My Thoughts: This is the real thing, people. This is horror the way horror is supposed to be done. By reading this anthology, you will develop new and interesting phobias, as well as have old ones enforced. Fear of mirrors, carnivals (and carnies), stormy nights, old wells. There are also a couple very interesting poems about autopsies and dead bodies. This is the perfect book to put you in the mood for Halloween this year. I'm actually quite amused that this book was released in February. As the author says in the afterword, she has a very bent sense of humor. And so do I.

If you like horror—and I mean real horror—and are looking for something appropriate for the season, this book will give you the thrills, chills and creeps for which you are searching. Really enjoyed it.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this e-book from JournalStone via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: One novel, five short stories, two poems, this collection holds a looking glass that unhinges reality in the wee hours; roads that hold with needful, unloving arms; the miasma of damp, autumnal leaves that cling to your heels and follow you home, promising the whisper of darker things still yet to come as your eyes begin to close.

Yes, this is horror, the creeping kind, the kind that lingers and sticks like tombstone mosses, promising cold, dark, ethereal depths. You will face your darkest reflections in the stories bound between these pages. May you delight in the shivers. Don't forget to look over your shoulder; while you do, you won't be watching the shadows to your periphery, or what waits just ahead in the nebulous dim, its teeth sharp, its intention deadly. ( )
  Katyas | Oct 17, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I rather liked this little collection, especially the short novel. I thought it an interesting twist on the haunted house theme - the "ghosts" lived in a house accessed through a mirror in a little-used bathroom. Rather neat, and very creepy.

I guess you can tell that, for me, the novel was the stand-out in this collection. I'm not big into poetry, so I'll let others give a fairer review on those, but the short stories were also fun. ( )
  randirousseau | Sep 12, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I really enjoyed this collection of horror stories. Technically, this book contains one short novel, five short stories, and two poems. All of these were very well-written and drew me in immediately.

The collection starts off with the novel, Dead Reflections, which is a creepy story of an old house with a very mysterious mirror. The whole atmosphere is so foreboding and chilling that I couldn't help but want to know what happened next. I found myself rushing through the novel to find out the ending. My only qualm was that the main character was a child, and I'm usually not a fan of books centered around kids.

The short stories were all very different from each other, but they were all extremely interesting and some of them were very haunting. One thing I quickly realized is that Carol Weekes doesn't believe in happy endings. They all set up an atmosphere of fear and mystery, and I really enjoyed reading all of them.

Another successful book by Journalstone. Carol Weekes is a great new addition to the horror genre. ( )
  jadestar31 | Aug 26, 2013 |
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I received "Dead Reflections" by Carol Weekes through Library Thing early reviewers as a EBook.

After a few issues having it load onto my ereader (read, phone) The collection of stories ended up being a great distraction to an afternoon of sitting in the ink chair.

Several short stories all in one. Mix of Horror Story & Poems. I enjoyed it enough to want to read it a second time at a later date, and prop it up on my bookshelf. ( )
  AngelFrankie | Aug 1, 2013 |
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I received "Dead Reflections" by Carol Weekes through Library Thing early reviewers.

"Dead Reflections" is a collection of one novel, five short stories and two poems. The first story "Dead Reflections" is about the Parker family and what happens to them when they buy an old house for a cheap price. Turns out there was a very good reason why the house went for cheap price. The beautiful old house has a violent past and it's past (dead) owners don't want to leave. The evil owners have a very unique way of holding on to their old house and using the new inhabitants to their advantage.

The first story, Dead Reflections is about a family who moves into an old house. I enjoyed this story very much. Even though it frightened me to death. I identify with the wife in the story. I love large, old houses. I would definitely move into a house like the one in the story, if the price was right.

"Autopsy" is an extremely detailed and gory poem about autopsies. This poem actually made me feel sad.

"Smoke and Leaves" is about a father and his young son who go to a carnival and meet a very creepy, evil carny man. After reading this story I will never let my children go to a carnival!

"Weather System" is about a father and son watching as a severe thunderstorm invades their lake house. The little boy is frightened of the storm. The father is also worried and scared. This is because his wife and daughter are caught in the storm.

"Cadaver Extremis" is a poem about cadavers and how frightening they can be, especially when they come and find you in the dead of night.

"Black Limousine" is about the town of Tayside and what happens when a black limousine comes to town. When it appears in front of a building, someone ends up dying.

"The Wishing Well" is about a family that finds a cistern on the property of their old farmhouse. When the father sees something,or someone frightening come out of the cistern, he knows it is evil He calls the real estate agent to learn about the past of his farmhouse. When the former owner comes to talk, he learns about her evil husband. He learns the reason why the cistern is a morbid version of a wishing well.

"The Umbrella Man" is about the evil that can lurk in the rain and what kind of chaos it can cause.

I enjoyed reading "Dead Reflections"
The novel "Dead Reflections" was by far my favorite of the book. I love reading stories about spooky old houses. This story had an interesting new twist.

This book overall has a great selection of macabre and old fashioned horror stories. ( )
  pixiedark | May 31, 2013 |
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Old Superstitious Belief It is thought when a death occurs within a house, that all mirrors must be covered, lest they capture the souls of the living. To look into such a mirror is to become as one with the dead.
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