Four contemporary spooky short stories:
So what happens after you die? Do you go to heaven, or hell? Or do you go to a special place fashioned just for you based on the life you'd lived in the real world? Based on how you treated people? What you did to them?
And do ghosts exist? Do they roam the earth and plague the living, persuade them to do things they shouldn't do?
Two brothers and their tale follow; their journey through life and death.
Do you believe in ghosts? Some do.
Running with the Train
Sarah has always been lonely. Searching for a love she's begun to believe will never come. Her family and friends depend, need her, but they can't give her what she wants. True, eternal love. Like the wolves have.
So she goes on an adventure of a lifetime to the Grand Canyon; rides the train from Williams to the South Rim and sees these huge wolves running alongside in the evening twilight; scurrying unbelievably below on the Canyon's ledges among the trees. She's told there are no wolves but she hears their haunting cries. No one else sees or hears them. Just her.
Has her loneliness made her crazy?
The Banshee and the Witch
What would you do to live forever, stay young forever? To find true love again?
And if you were a white witch with the magical powers to make it happen...and the secret of how to do it, would you?
So when the banshee comes calling for you one rainy dark night you'll do what you have to do to get what you desire the most. More time.
Too Close to the Edge....
Artist Penelope had been looking forward to going with her husband, sister and brother-in-law to see the Grand Canyon...even though she was terrified of heights and, when she got there, couldn't bear to get too close to the edge. She watched people balancing on one foot, acting foolish, taking photos, oblivious of the death waiting below them. It scared her.
Especially when a woman relates a story of a small child that fell into the Canyon the day before. Over the edge.
Then she sees a young girl go over the rim and no one will believe her.
For there was no child that had died - that day anyway.
Was she seeing things that weren't there, or was there another explanation?
©2012 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Spooky, creative, and original
The woman on the train.
The woman on the train. Haunting.
The title says it all. Spooky. That is a very specific word in the genre. Not Horror (violent), not a thriller (high action), but spooky (haunting atmosphere).
Love this book, love the author. Performance was also excellent.
These stories are far from spooky, what they are is beautifully crafted tales. I loved every moment of the journey. Ms Griffith is a wonderful storyteller who enchants with every word!
The Ghost Brother jumps around and keeps you guessing. It starts of quite jarring but quickly brings you up to speed. There were several different routes it could have taken, such a delightfully twisted tale.
Running With the Train is an all too short story. I would love to see this expanded and find out what happens after the leap!
The Banshee and the Witch is a bittersweet journey through a woman's extended lifetime. Again not spooky but a lovely tale.
Too Close to the Edge, this one was a bit spooky. I was all a tither to see what the outcome would be!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Wendy Tremont King,who is great. She has a wonderful tone and really suits the stories. She helps weave the tales around you and pull you inside the enchanting words. A perfect pairing of reader and story!
The stories are not really spooky or scary but they had delicious twists and turns. I loved them and found a couple far too short. I can only imagine how great they would be with more detail! I am eager to read more of this gifted storyteller!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.
I would recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys ghostly tales or spooky stories to share with friends.
I listened to it on a rainy afternoon which was the perfect atmosphere.
My favorite story was the Witch and The Banshee. Of all the stories it seemed the most complete and I would enjoy revisiting it, perhaps hearing more.
Each of these spooky stories has its own virtues.
Every one was satisfying.
She had the proper amount of emotion and fluctuation to keep my full attention.
I appreciated the variations in vocal quality she gave each character.
She gave them personality.
I would love to spend time with the Snarky cat!
There are several characters I could pleasantly have a quality conversation with and enjoy their company.
This was an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon.
I had intended to listen as I was doing household chores, but I really enjoyed the stories and the narration, so I sat back with a cat on my lap, a couple dogs at my feet, and enjoyed being read to.
Four Spooky Short Stories is a aptly named for 4 eerily read stories about dead people and wherewolves. The narraor, Wnedy King, has a greart voice for these stories--serious, a bit gloomy, a bit termorous. I would definiteyl recomend this book to a friend, although I didn't think the stories were that spooky.
I have read Kathryn Meyer Griffith before and find her to be a fine, smooth author. She wrote this equally well--I just would have named the book differently, perhaps.. Stories for a dark, dank night, as these stories evoked that image for me.
This book was worth the listening time. I listened on an evening walk and it heightened the sounds around me.
Ms. King does an amazing job with character voices. I could easily picture in my mind everyone of Ms. Griffith's well written characters coming alive in my imagination. Ghost BrotherVery well written. It kept me off-balanced and every time I thought that I figured this one out, Ms. Griffith threw another curve ball! Highly originally and beautifully written.Running with the TrainHaving been in the area around the Grand Canyon, Ms. Griffith artistically and acuritally descriptions one of the US's natural treasures. I felt like I was IN Yellowstone alongside the character. This one was predictable, and I admit to a little bit of disappointment after Ghost Brother's wonderful tale. It felt slightly rushed, as if Ms. Griffith was unable to devote the same energy level to this story as she had on the previous one. The Banshee and the WitchMs. Griffith bounced back brilliantly with this tale. Just when I had it all figured out - I found that I hadn't a clue to where she was heading with this particular tale. An enjoyable, spell-casting that left me satisfied at the end!Too Close to the Edge.... Another wonderful tale! While this story deals with one of many phobias that effect us, it was very written. I found this one to more directed at the female audience rather then in general. A wonderful piece.
Not as of yet, but if she's anything like this book - will have to hear some more.
Thank you kindly for a wonderful afternoon spent listening to this book.
I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The storie are short but very spooky. Great stories for halloween.
I enjoyed all 4 spooky stories.The story lines are scary enough. The narrator could have given more expression in her voice. All in all it was a good audiobook.
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No. Did not feel spooky to me and I did not care for the reader.
Overall their wasn't enough inflection in her voice in most of the stories. I could not "feel" the emotions the characters were trying to express. In horror emotion can be critical.
This was a decent collection of short stories. I think in the end most of them simply weren't to my taste. The author is good with descriptive phrases and could paint a scene with words. However I sometimes felt the dialog was lacking.
Of the four stories in the book the first was my favorite a creepy story about what the afterlife could be like.
The second was, to me at least, not spooky at all. It was simply the setup for a paranormal romance.
The third again seemed largely about romance but did have a little twist in the end that I enjoyed.
The fourth while involving ghosts and phobias just didn't strike me as spooky.
I think many people may enjoy these stories, but as for me I apparently need something a bit different in order to feel spooked.
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