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Into Dust And Other Strange Tales by [Keeling,B.M.]
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About the Author

Bernadette lives in Leeds, UK with her family and can generally be found either playing with her son or huddled over a laptop. Further information can be found at www.bmkeeling.com where she also blogs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012DP5GIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Has the writer been inspired for their title by the Mazzy Star song Into Dust? Either way, both pieces of work explore the brittle beauty and sadness of lost hopes and opportunities and if a book had a 'soundtrack' Mazzy Star is the one for this B M Keeling collection. The book totally reboots the short ghost stories of M R James into the 21st century. It's impressive how the writer manages to genuinely spook you as good ghost stories should do, but at the same time takes you to places that make you dwell and reflect upon the complicated, complex and messy stuff of life - and your own life. It's rare that writing within this genre contains such resonance, ambiguity and depth. B M Keeling has taken the simple old out of fashion ghost story and shaken it up. I couldn't recommend this more highly.
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4.5 stars

I am not generally a fan of the horror genre and, in fact, cannot recall ever having read a horror book before. As such, I was interested to give Into Dust and Other Strange Tales a try.

The book contains eight short ghost stories, each one a stand-alone tale, telling of despair, loneliness and the supernatural. The stories are subtle, timeless and chilling! In each case, the author takes a simple story and gives it a twist which renders each one a haunting tale that will resonate with the reader long after the book is finished.

I found that the apparent simplicity of the stories almost invited me, as the reader, to decide upon the fear-factor myself based on my own imagining of the tales. This caused each tale to not only spook me (as per any good ghost story) but also caused the stories to seek further into the depths of my consciousness, making me mull over the issues in the tales. The tales, whilst ghost stories, are more about the people involved than about the supernatural entities. On several occasions, I found myself flipping back through the pages to re-read sections of the stories. in case I had missed anything important!

I thought the writing was very good. Whilst being modern tales, the prose was reminiscent of the classic old-fashioned ghost stories. It was clear, precise and gripping, showing the reader the true horror of the tale without resorting to overtly terrifying language or cheap shock tactics.

The eight stories are entitled: The Final Soul; Rock Me Gently and I Shall Sleep; Into Dust; Red Carnations for my Love; Beneath the Brushwood; The White Wolf; Chasing the Tail; We All Go The Same Way Home. I think that my favourite story was probably the very first one, The Final Sole.
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A remarkable collection of short stories, each leaving you thinking and wanting more (and checking back through the pages for further insights). Reminds me of classic gothic ghost tales, but with a modern twist - the recognition of the everyday making the stories more spooky - particularly in recognisable locations, such as York and Leeds. A fantastic read and would recommend to everyone.
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I feel fortunate to have bought this on publication day and able to be among the first to sample the work of this startlingly good new author. The prose is crisp, fine and clear, the tales of both riveting, quivering and moving. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, anyone who likes a well written book and a good story.
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