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The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween

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Publisher's Summary

The world's oldest celebration comes to life in The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween, an anthology that honors the darkest and strangest night of the year. Each story is designed to be intrinsically and intimately about Halloween - its traditions, its myths, and its effects - and they run the gamut from horrifying to heartbreaking.

Halloween night is the tapestry through which a haunted house, a monstrous child, a late-night drive to a mysterious destination, and other tales are weaved. Demons are faced, death is defied, and love is tested. And not everyone makes it out alive. The End of Summer has arrived.

©2013 J. Tonzelli/AuthorMike Ink (P)2014 AuthorMike Ink

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    Bob 10-14-14
    Bob 10-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I Love horror stories, ghost stories and Old Time Radio of all styles!

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    "Great Halloween Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Summer to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed.both versions, the reader did a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Because this book had 13 short stories, there were so many great stories, this entire book was fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Jay B. Scott – was your favorite?

    Probably the spirit of the old.man waiting to find out were he was going to spend his afterlife.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story about the uncle without children that carved elaborate pumpkins and took his niece and nephews trick or treating every year and then read them ghost stories and just spent time with them.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great book, from comedic tales, heartwarming and horror. This book has it all and makes you really get into the season.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Webb 11-02-15
    M. Webb 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I would have enjoyed it more"

    If it weren't for all the cursing. It adds nothing to a story and gets old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shari D. Adams Niceville, Fl 09-27-15
    Shari D. Adams Niceville, Fl 09-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Lukewarm Stories"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Generally better stories. This wasn't a terrible series and some of these stories really did stand out. In particular the story about the uncle who visits his nephews and niece every year, the young man who confesses feelings for the girl he works with, the Halloween Girl, and the one about the old farmer who allows some salesmen to make his land into a haunted ride every year. It's also not too difficult to get attached to the characters even in the subpar stories.

    However, most of the 'horror' stories were very repetitive. The same theme again and again of someone being haunted by a person they'd murdered in the near or distant past. There were even a few times when I found myself just being annoyed with the direction the author took his story in. For example, with the young man who finally confesses his love (no spoilers on how the girl reacts), the author randomly throws into the story a masked psycho coming into the store and stealing a knife. But it never plays out in any way, shape, or form. So why add it?

    All that aside, the horror stories were either repetitive, or just seemed to dawdle off into nothing. There could have been more variety, not relying on the theme that someone is being haunted by a person they either on purpose or accidentally killed. The majority of the stories didn't have much of a resolution either. In particular the haunting stories. They were just vignettes about something the character is experiencing, but nothing dynamic happens. The character doesn't try to change anything. They just say "this is what's happening and it's been happening for years, and that's that I suppose."


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had the same inflection most of the time. He sounded about as bored reading as I felt listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a TERRIBLE book. There are a few good stories in here, that made me go "awe" and even one that made me teary. And the author does do a great job of getting you emotionally invested in the characters. What can be frustrating though is when you're emotionally invested, and the character either makes no effort to change, or it results in a very lackluster climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CLOregon 07-07-15
    CLOregon 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Spooky Halloween Fun!"
    Would you listen to The End of Summer again? Why?

    Yes! It was a wonderful, spooky read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seriously creepy. The stories stayed with me for several days...and nights.

    What makes this book particularly creepy is that most of the scares are based on human nature and the problems we can create for ourselves and others. This book is very well written and the characters are real and complex.


    What does Jay B. Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It makes it feel like you are being told a story around a campfire.


    Who was the most memorable character of The End of Summer and why?

    The Halloween Girl of Coldsprings. So, so creepy!


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is an amazing read. It's Halloween for kids and adults. Not gory or violent, just very insightful and very effective at giving the reader nightmares!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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