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The Eclective: The Haunted Collection [Kindle Edition]

Alan Nayes , Emma Jameson , PJ Jones , RG Porter , M. Edward McNally , Shéa MacLeod , Tara West , Heather Marie Adkins
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"Empty Vessel" by M. Edward McNally: Captain Wil has command of his own ship, the respect of his crew, and his wife is expecting their first child. But at sea, the winds always become calm just before the storm breaks.


"The Smell of Death" by Tara West: Maggie's unusual powers bring new threats to her already troubled childhood.


"Safe" by Emma Jameson: In Victorian London, a grave robber makes a nice living off the dead, until he opens the wrong crypt.


"Soulfully Sweet" by Shéa MacLeod: As if helping the living isn't enough of a pain in her divine hindquarters, Branwen (former goddess of love and beauty) is stuck helping the dead on All Hallow's Eve.


"May I Go Play?" by Heather Marie Adkins: Micah inherits a southern mansion where ancestors long dead relive their violent deaths. And now, they want company...


"Blehdward, the Vampire who Couldn't Sparkle" by Pj Jones: Blehdward desperately wants to fit in with the cool vamps. If only he could learn how to sparkle.


"Franscesca" by Alan Nayes: Break a promise to a feiticeira and you will live to regret it.


"Soul Eaters" by R.G. Porter: Kaitlyn never believed in the existence of other worlds. Now she's in the middle of one where humans aren't the hunters but the hunted.

The Eclective is a group of authors dedicated to the premise that The Story is The Thing, and classifications of genre are mostly a matter for bookshelves. While the following stories share a "Haunting" theme, they might variously be filed as Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy, YA, etc., or anything else. Our idea is that the story itself is more important than whatever label somebody feels like giving it, and by bringing our work together in collections like this one, we hope readers may find a story they might like. Even if it is not in "their" genre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunwalker Press; First Edition edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GI8K5O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough 6 Jan. 2014
By Tania
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The problem with short stories... There just too short. You start to get a feel for the characters and the story ends. Some in the collection were okay and I would try the authors in the future while some weren't.

If you fancy a quick read then this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 10 April 2014
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Usually when you get an anthology with different authors, you get a few good, a few ok, and a lot of crap. This, properly edited, good and excellent stories, no crap.
Well done guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 28 Jun. 2015
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Great reads thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great variety! Great stories! 18 Oct. 2012
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my fourth collection from The Eclective also. I enjoyed it a lot.

"Empty Vessel" by M. Edward McNally is about a ghost ship. It has a lot of the superstitions from the old sailing vessels with which you are familiar if you have read any of the historical novels that had ocean travel or commerce in them. It is one of those stories that love to scare you by sticking in your mind and popping back into your consciousness when you go below deck in any sailing vessel - much as the old gothics do for basement and old piled up attics.

"The Smell of Death" by Tara West tells us of the paranormal abilities of a young girl. She can see ghosts and feel the energies that children are aware of but that we talk ourselves out of believing in by the time we are adults. However, it is a story that ends well - which is important to me because so many stories leave you on a cliff so that you will buy the next story.

"Safe" by Emma Jameson is set in 19th century London and is told by a street urchin who has moved up in the ranks to grave robber. It does get graphic but it is an excellent story.

"Cupcake Goddess: Sinfully Sweet" by Shea McLeod has Halloween, trick-or-treaters, ghosts, the passing of a century, and decisions to be made. It kept my attention and I think it will keep yours also.

"May I Go Play?" by Heather Marie Adkins - If you have little ones and believe that disembodied spirits can cause real trouble in our world - especially in old houses where there has been tragedy before -then this story will scare the crap out of you. Well done, Heather!

"Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle" by P.J. Jones - I'm not really 'into' vampire stories (I've read my share) but I can say that it is good a story as most I have read.

"Franscesca" by Alan Nayes is set in 20th century Brazil. It is about a 'witch doctor' and the young lover who did her wrong. He was a sculptor and a chunk of blue marble figures prominently in the story.

"Soul Eaters" by R.G. Porter is an excellent story and I was quickly engrossed in it. I do wish I had known up-front that it was just the lead-in to a book. P.G. has excellent powers of description and puts them to use here.

Overall, I can definitely recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted reading 24 Oct. 2012
By Ann M Eilers - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of stories are not all ghostly or haunted per se. A lot of them had a Twilight Zone or Ray Bradbury feel to them. Not my usual genre of reading but a nice taste of something a little bit different.

Empty Vessel by M Edward McNally was one I enjoyed. I had previously bought a book by this author but have yet to read it. Based on what I've read with this story, I have hopes it will be a good read. Even though I could see where this story was going, I found it to be eerily entertaining.

The Smell of Death by Tara West was another one I liked. This one I could see being a longer story or the prologue of a full novel.

Safe by Emma Jameson was particularly creepy. While not a zombie story, it was close enough to give me the willies (I don't like zombies). I agree with another reviewer about the feel of the tale. A bit of a mash of Dickens and Poe. Very well done.

Cupcake Goddess: Soulfully Sweet by Shea MacLeod was more a fable or morality tale than a scary story but still a good read. I would like to see the main character used in a full novel.

May I Go Play? by Heather Marie Adkins was a good mash up of what I will not say so as not to give anything away. Did not see where the story was going until the end. And having read other books by this author, I can say this is a good example of her storytelling style.

Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle by PJ Jones made me laugh. She is one author I have been interesting in reading and now I think I have to.

Franscesca by Alan Nayes is the introduction to a longer story. I had trouble getting into this one. That being said, I am interested to see where the rest of the tale leads.

Soul Eaters by RG Porter was an enjoyable read. I would have liked to see a little more meat to it.

A very diverse collection of spooky stories. Some I liked, some I didn't think I was going to but did anyway, and some I would have liked to have been longer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Decent Short Stories in this Collection 23 Aug. 2013
By G. M. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of spooky short stories by eight authors. The first story is "Empty Vessel" by M. Edward McNally. It is a short story about a ship stumbling upon a ghost ship and what happens afterwards. It was a well written plot, but not really my cup of tea. That doesn't make it a bad story.

The second story is "The Smell of Death" by Tara West. This story revolves around a little girl with a special gift. Because of this gift, her and her mother have trouble finding a permanent home. The story starts with the mother meeting a potential employee and continues with events happening in the house at that time. My only complaint with this book is the story could really evolve into a novella or even a novel. While the short story has its beginning, climax, and end, I would have really loved to see this in a much longer version. All in all, it's still a well written story and enjoyable read.

Next is "Safe" by Emma Jameson. This is another one that really wasn't my cup of tea, but others would probably find it enjoyable. It centers around a young boy who makes his living robbing graves. Like the previous two stories, it is well written and has a beginning, climax, and ending.

What follows is "Cupcake Goddess: Soulfully Sweet" by Shea MacLeod. It is a short story about the Goddess Brandwen and her constant stalking by a ghost. Even though it is a short story, I enjoyed it.

"May I go Play?" by Heather Marie Adkins is next. As with the previous short stories, it is well written with a well thought out plot. This is another one I can see as a novella or full novel. Another enjoyable read.

"Blehdward, the Vampire Who Couldn't Sparkle" by P.J. Jones, is a tongue-in-cheek stab at the sparkly vampires of "Twilight" fame. The main character doesn't sparkle and is an outcast from the ones who do. At the end of the story, we learn what is behind the sparkle. A cute read.

"Franscesca" by Alan Nayes is a short story set in Brazil in 1928. It revolves around a female witch doctor. She fall in love with a sculptor who cheats on her. What follows is Franscesca's revenge along with tying her soul to a block of blue granite stone. This short story gives a little background into the novel "Girl Blue" by the same author. This short story has me interested in reading the novel.

The last story in this collection is "Souleaters" by RG Porter. While out shopping, Kaitlyn is sucked into another dimension through a fountain. She connects with other humans in this dimension and they look to find a way out. The ending had a surprise twist which I loved.

All in all, this was a nice little collection of short stories that has introduced me to new authors I will consider following. What I loved the most about this collection were the little blurbs about the authors at the end of each short story. They were wacky and funny. If nothing else, this book is worth the read, just for those!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elective the ahunted collection 11 Jun. 2013
By MicheleAnn Oboyle - Published on Amazon.com
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i loved this book . i couldnt put it down . each story had me not wanting to put the book down my favorites was soulful sweet, may i go play
blehdward the vampire who couldnt sparkle and soul eaters but all out together each story brought me to different worlds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant Believe It's Free 21 Mar. 2014
By savsmom - Published on Amazon.com
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Eclective is right, that it is, delightfully, spookily so! I was surprised at the array of styles but even more surprised at how good they were. Scary and fun!
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