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Thirty Scary Tales: Creepy Horror Stories by [Hall, Rayne]
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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", "Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novels", "Writing Dark Stories" (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" "Dragon: Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts" 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: 2474 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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I love short story collections and this is one of the best I have found on Amazon. As other reviewers have pointed out (and as the author herself indicates) this isn't gory, obvious horror but is more unsettling and disturbing than scary.

I really enjoyed the variety in this collection and I had to double check that they were actually written by one author. Some of the stories were set in the modern day, some in older times, and some in a fantasy world that I understand the author created for a full length novel. Some of them involve the supernatural and others involve horrors from the real world.

In the afterword, the author said she'd like to hear which stories we enjoyed the most and which we weren't so thrilled with, so here's my top:

By Your Own Free Will - A high-flying career woman and MENSA member visits a modern day witch for a love potion, and ends up giving away a crucial part of herself in the quest for love. Although there is very little 'horror' in it, it is one of the most disturbing short stories I've read. It reminded me strongly of another short story, Mr. Pull-Ups by Jack Kilborn, which is far more extreme and gruesome but sticks with me in just the same way.

The Bridge Chamber - A little girl tries to earn the respect of her bullies by taking them to a secret place she has discovered, but things don't quite go to plan. This is one of those stories that drops you right into the scene and has you thinking "good god, what if that was me?".

Seagulls - A young woman moves to the seaside and is constantly aware of a menacing trio of seagulls watching her every move through the window.
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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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**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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A book in the traditional form of good old-fashioned ghostly tales to send a thrill of chill down your spine. Stories are varied and easy digested in one sitting (no pun intended!). No gore, which for me is a bonus because I don't think you need gore to have a chilling story. One in particular rang a personal bell and I re-lived being stranded on a country train station outside of London after last train had left after I fell asleep on the train home!
The tales let your imagination join in and that, to me, is a great thrill but for that very reason, I don't read them before bedtime! Don't expect 'horror movie stories' but if you're a fan of MR James and that style, you will enjoy this book.

Thank you for introducing me to these stories, Rayne.
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