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Thirty Scary Tales (Illustrated): Horror Stories
 
 

Thirty Scary Tales (Illustrated): Horror Stories [Kindle Edition]

Rayne Hall , Jamie Chapman
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Thirty creepy, atmospheric stories by Rayne Hall.

The horror in these stories is spooky, creepy, unsettling and sometimes disturbing. It is not very violent or gory; however, the stories may not be suitable for young readers without parental guidance. PG 13.

This book is a compilation of volumes 1-5 of the Six Scary Tales books. It includes the acclaimed stories Burning and The Bridge Chamber.

All stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, collections and anthologies. British English.

Stories in collection include:
The Devil You Know, Greywalker, Prophetess, Each Stone A Life, By Your Own Free Will, The Bridge Chamber, Only A Fool, Four Bony Hands, The Black Boar, Double Rainbows, Druid Stones, Burning, Scruples, Seagulls, Night Train, Through the Tunnel, Black Karma, Take Me To St. Roch's, Turkish Night, Never Leave Me, The Colour of Dishonour, Beltane, The Painted Staircase, I Dived The Pandora, Terre Vert and Payne's Grey, They Say, Tuppence Special, Disturbed Sleep, Normal Considering the Weather, Arete.

This is an illustrated edition with artwork by illustrator Jamie Chapman.

About the Author

Rayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, ezines, collections and anthologies. After living in Germany, China, Nepal and Mongolia, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books. Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Magic, Writing About Villains,) are bestsellers. Recent books published in e-book format include: "Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel) "Six Scary Tales Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4" (quiet, creepy, atmospheric horror stories) "Six Quirky Tales Vol. 1" (humorous fantasy stories) "Six Historical Tales Volumes 1, 2" "The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World" "13 British Horror Stories" and many others. Books for writers: "Writing Fight Scenes", "Writing Scary Scenes", "Writing About Villains", "The Word-Loss Diet", "Writing About Magic" (more books coming soon) Rayne Hall is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies: "Scared: Ten Tales of Horror" "Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts" "Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates" "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires" "Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft" "Spells: Ten Tales of Magic" "Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies" "Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance" and others. About the Six Scary Tales collections: These stories are suspenseful, atmospheric, creepy, unsettling and sometimes disturbing. They contain little violence and gore. However, they may not be suitable for young readers. Rayne's website is here: http://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4736 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Scimitar Press (16 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGFCS32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet) are bestsellers.


Recent books published in e-book format include:
"Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel)
"Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2, 3" (mild horror stories)
"Six Quirky Tales Vol 1" (humorous fantasy stories)
"Six Historical Tales Vol 1"
"The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World"
"13 British Horror Stories"
and many others.

Rayne Hall is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies:
"Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
with more titles coming soon.

The "Six Scary Tales" Series:
The stories in these book are mild horror: suspenseful, creepy and disturbing.
They don't aim to gross out the reader and contain little or no violence and gore. However, they may not be suitable for young readers. Many of these stories have been previously published in other books or magazines.

British English: All Rayne Hall's books use British words, spellings, grammar and punctuation. If you're allergic to British English, avoid them.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/

YouTube "Ten Random Facts about Rayne Hall" (2 minute video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXv4EisfqvQ

Contact Rayne Hall on Twitter
@RayneHall follows back writers and readers. http://twitter.com/RayneHall

The author portraits are by the artists Fawnheart, Leah Skerry and Kuoke.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 30 Tales of Varying Degrees of Disturbance 26 Oct 2013
By Mitz
Format:Paperback
This is a well-written collection and a couple of the stories - 'By Your Own Free Will' and 'The Bridge Chamber' - were disturbing enough to stay echoing in my mind for hours afterwards.

Disturbing - that is the word.

If this book had been called '30 Disturbing Tales' it could have got a 5-star rating from me. I can't say more than two of the stories actually came close to scaring me. It's polite horror. Don't get me wrong, I am no fan of gore, torture-porn or similar hard-core horror, but the stories in this book seemed to stop too far short of visceral to be really scary. it doesn't evoke that feeling of 'other', that atavistic feeling that makes you afraid to read it alone at night.

So, expect to be disturbed rather than scared and you'll have a wonderful read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty Scary Tales 13 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**Gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review**

I originally didn't know what to say for this review when I first finished the book. I enjoyed it, I just didn't know how to word what I wanted to say, but here goes:

When I settled down to read this book, I was a little apprehensive as I am not a horror fan. I'm not really fond of blood and guts and gore and I am fairly squeamish - I close my eyes at the bloody bits when I am watching "Bones" on TV LOL. Regardless, I started to read.

My original rating for this book was going to be a four star one because I wasn't scared by any of the stories. I was able to read them without flinching, which disappointed me. I was expecting to find myself squealing in disgust or horror or something.
I changed my mind when I scared the bejeepers out of myself out by recalling one of the stories - "The Devil You Know" - whilst using an empty, unlit, public toilet one night about a week after I read the book.
My hubby was waiting outside on some benches so rationally I knew I was safe. However, whilst sitting on the toilet, my mind wandered and I started recalling this particular story. Remembering how "Lucie" felt whilst she tried to sleep on a bench on an empty train station platform, I found myself peering around and checking the top of the stall to make sure no eyes were watching me. I didn't feel at ease until I had hubby back in view and those public toilets were well behind us LOL.
That is what makes a scary tale good and that is why I gave the book a five star rating.
To me, if a scary, creepy story which I didn't really get creeped out at while I was reading the book, comes back and bites me in the ass, it deserves a high rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear is fun 19 Sep 2013
By Kay
Format:Kindle Edition
Entertaining and entrancing read. Rayne Hall is an amazing storyteller.

I read parts of this book while waiting for the dentist, and it's ideal for that. (Perhaps not so good if you already suffer from a fear of dentists). The stories are well-written and captivating so I could really get into them and forget about the lethally dull waiting room. I think they'd be great for train journeys as well.

The stories in this collection are well-written and varied. They have different lengths, different subjects, and different degrees of scariness. Depending on your personal fears, a story from this collection can leave you either a little uneasy, or full of dread.

The author often uses existing places as the settings. This adds realism to the stories and makes them easy to relate to.

A feature I didn't expect but did enjoy was that at the end of each story the author gives some information about how she came to write that particular story, and/or something about its background.

If you are going to make a long journey, or you expect to have to wait a lot (like at the dentist) this is the perfect book to take along!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great set of short stories 19 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As a kid, I loved horror stories. I can remember sitting in fear in my living room watching "Nightmare on Elm Street" and loving every minute. I can't say that I've changed a whole lot since then. I love a good scare now and then and although this book lacked the blood and gore of the stories of my youth, it has it's own brand of fear.

"Thirty Scary Tales" by Rayne Hall is a collection of short stores designed to instill a subtle fear into the reader. The stories aren't your traditional horror stories where violence and gore reign supreme. The author has created stories that appeal to the reader's personal fears.

All to often when I read short stories, I am left wanting more...more details, more character development, just more everything. This wasn't the case with these stories. The author has taken great care to make sure that each story is complete and can stand alone on it's own merit. I love how at the end of each story the author has included a commentary on each story.

There is a story here for everyone. My personal favourite is "Prophetess", which is the story of Cassandra from Greek mythology. When she spurned the love of the god Apollo she was cursed. She can see into the future, and would be compelled to tell the truth but never to be believed. The story focuses on how she uses this "gift" to a dramatic end.

Ms. Hall uses every day language to weave her stories and draw you into a world where your imagination and personal fears can take flight. The ending to each story is not always what you would expect. Ms. Hall has compiled a great collection of stories that are bound to put a little fear into the most fearless reader!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty scary tales
Thirty tales of eclectic tastes a collected of tales that scare make you angry, they surprise you and make you think
A very good read
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
skipped half of it so cant give an honest opinion
Published 15 days ago by jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a bad read.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal Goodreads Group)...

Rayne Hall's Thirty Scary Tales are more disturbing than scary. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Miss K. Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, atmospheric
I really enjoyed these stories, somewhat gothic but contemporary. Not reliant on gore, these stories are classic atmospheric, creepy tales,
Published 26 days ago by M. Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Great scary short stories! I particularly loved The Bridge Chamber (seriously disturbing!) Greywalker, By Your Own Free Will, Seagulls and Night Train - but they are all REALLY... Read more
Published 28 days ago by T. Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars Top read
Never read Rayne before. I'm a sucker for weird tales and this selection was right up my street. Easy reads, some short and some a bit longer they cover a wide range of topics,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of stories
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Some of my favourites were, The painted staircase, The Black Boar, I really liked the twist at the end of this one, By Your Own... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claire M. White
4.0 out of 5 stars not what i was expecting
While this is a fantastically written collection of short stories, it wasn't what I was expecting. The stories did not scare me and some were only mildly disturbing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. K. M. Rufus
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated, classic chillers
A treasure chest replete with dark, wickedly enticing gems, Thirty Scary Tales is a collection of short thrillers set against a melange of backdrops from medieval fantasy to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matt
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