Just finished reading Shiver and I have to confess - I haven’t been as spooked since I saw Halloween in the cinema all those years ago. The nine short stories in Shiver are so varied, so strange and so chilling in their own peculiar ways, ways that sometimes carry the horror of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining yet other times are as playful as Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
Each of the nine is a gem and I would be here all day if I were to write a critique of each. But I must tell about three in particular that nearly had me hiding under the eiderdown.
The most extraordinary of these stories is The Haunting of Anne Chambers by Jane Risdon. This writer employs an ingenious device that was first used in the Gothic novel - telling her gripping tale in two time periods. John Fowles pulled it off in The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Risdon achieves it using so many twists that are all her own. A humdinger.
The Dark Night of Dawn by Caroline Dunford takes a TV dating show by the scruff of the neck and shakes it till it screams. I’m going to read it again when I’m feeling a bit calmer.
Cara Cooper’s Your Number’s Up tells what at first looks like a routine story of misfits Nasreen and Kevin and gives it the full treatment as only a consummate storyteller can. A rare pearl.
Colm Herron/author of The Wake (And What Jeremiah Did Next)
A thoroughly entertaining volume of short stories, aimed at Halloween. I particularly enjoyed "The Haunting of Anne Chambers" by Jane Risdon. Her story covered two separate periods of time, the past and the present, using the same characters. She managed to maintain the atmosphere of each of these time slots without making a slip in dress or spoken words.
Definitely a Five Star because I loved it. O.K. I was saving this for Halloween but thought I would just read one story, which lead to another and I finished reading it last night. Starting with a very funny ghost story to chilling spine-tingling ones it was unputdownable, simply that and at a bargain price. A real must for this time of year.
I loved every single story in this collection and not just because I have a short story in it. The authors contributing are all splendid in their own right, and have not failed to excite and entertain with their take on Halloween.
A good selection of short stories for Halloween. The Haunting of Anne Chambers and Dead Ringer were my two favourites. I believe The Haunting of Anne Chambers was author Jane Risdons first ghost story and I found it very intriguing and well written.
Because Shiver is such an eclectic mix of stories it really is a must-read. I have read it out of season but will re-read several of these when Halloween hits again! In particular I will be re-reading Jane Risdon's The Haunting of Anne Chambers. This story is a real page turner with depth. I got fully hooked once I got to know Anne for the strong character she is but with her affection and kindness. The switching in time kept me riveted - my tea went cold as I forgot about it I was so engrossed - always a good sign! I really loved it - I had goosebumps. Buy, buy!
This is a cracking little book, for lovers of halloween. Filled with short stores, all with the theme of halloween, but otherwise very different from each other. Some have a humerous take, some more "ghost, goulies and bats, but all extemely well written. Well worth reading.