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The shadows grow long in the crisp autumn air, and soon, the summer will be a distant memory. In the dim light of a fading sun, the night has returned to reclaim its own.

From hayrides, corn mazes, Jekyll n Hyde, warped games, witches, demons, and death personified, Autumn Nights: 13 Spooky Fall Reads brings together the very best in chilling tales to hear under a harvest moon.

This audiobook is for those who get excited about Halloween and crisp fall weather (and yes, even pumpkin spice lattes). Are you the type to dream of windy nights and tumbling leaves even while summer days stretch on? Do you want scary bonfire stories with doses of humor and twists on classical tales? This collection is perfect for you.

These 13 plus one bonus spooky short stories originate from the talents of 14 impressive new and published authors. Each twisted tale glimmers with a different sinister face of autumn to bring new chills to your spine.

©2019 Cass Kim (P)2019 Cass Kim

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Loved it

Though with many short story books it’s usually a mix up of decent and not so great stories but with this one I truly enjoyed just about all of them there was only maybe one or two I didn’t get into that much, ninety percent of it was very good. I would definitely recommend this title to anyone looking for selection of spooky stories and side note none of the stories relied on heavy gore or sex. Just simply spooky fun tales. I was given this audio in exchange for honest review for free and I would definitely use a credit for it , well worth it.

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Great for October!

At my request, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was so happy to get the chance to listen to this book during the month of October, though it would still be great any time of the year. It really put me in the mood with a spooky vibe. I can be pretty hard to please when it comes to short story compilation books, especially when they’re supposed to be spooky, but I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. I can think of two stories I didn’t particularly care for, but it wasn’t that they weren’t good. Their setting and subject just weren’t of my interest, and therefor they lost it. Overall I think this is great book! And I would love to find some others that can match its standard. Will be listening again when next October rolls around. Definitely worth the credit or the money! Get it!

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Spooky but not scary

This collection of stories was a pleasant surprise. They had just the right amount of fall/halloween spookiness without keeping me up at night. Like most short story collections there were some stars and some duds in the bunch but most were good enough to keep me listening. Many seemed to lean toward YA so be aware if that's not your thing (lots of dysfunctional teenage relationships lol). The narrator did a great job, despite many of the stories being from a female perspective (he does a great popular/snotty teenage girl voice). Overall, really enjoyed this! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Great collection!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I love short story collections. This one did not disappoint. While there were some in here that were not to my liking, it was due to my own personal taste rather than anything to do with the stories themselves. I love Halloween and fall itself so this really put me into the spirit of the season. I suggest to everyone who likes short stories to get this book! It is definitely worth it!

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I highly recommend this to horror fans

Wow, what a gem! I especially love these collection type books from different authors because each story will be something completely different than the last. You never know what to expect. This book did not fail at keeping me on my toes. Sure, some stories are better than others. But I can honestly say I genuinely enjoyed the vast majority of the stories and that's something I can't say about most of the collective horror books I've read. If you like grown up creepy, original, sometimes funny, many times shocking horror stories, then I highly recommend this book! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great collection

This appealed to the child in me who still loves halloween Lots of variety and pretty safe for most ages my 15 year old also enjoyed it Well narrated and spooky fun so why not treat yourself I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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My Last Collection

I’m not a fan of those who create the Goodreads, Audible, Amazon pages without listing all the authors and the stories they wrote. I think this is my last time I'll listen to a collection of short stories as I find the majority aren’t my cup of tea, whether they’re boring, make no sense, etc. The narrator did an awesome job! I’d listen to him again. “Bloodlines” by Sage Roberts 3/5 The only author who isn’t listed on Goodreads. This was an interesting story, although I found the ending disappointing. The first mistake I found: “He dragged a gleaming silver nice [knife] across her palm.” “Fade to Black” by Amanda Stockton 5/5 “Magician’s Weekend” by Martin Shannon 1/5 I was annoyed. 1. The protagonist was unable to say anything to the “nerds” when/after they arrived at his house to play their game. I get he had a headache but, at the same time, he had all these inner thoughts and outer actions going on. I guess it was hard to believe that with all the random things his apprentice was asking/telling him that he’d been unable to talk at all. 2. His apprentice and his friends didn’t realize there was something wrong with him? 3. We’re told the protagonist is a magician, can do real magic. Yet he never did any magic and other than the creatures, there was the random “brain rat” that attacked him, leaving no information as to how the brain rat came about/operated. Yeah… I wasn’t feeling it. “Hannah and Gregory” by Jacob Faust 1/5 I had so many questions. It was similar to the Hansel and Gretel, obviously done on purpose per the title, the kids getting lost, the witch, the unique house she lived in, her being pushed into the oven, etc. I’m just not a big fan of “remakes.” Mistakes I found: “He fired back,” was spoken after Hannah told Gregory to shut up. Or “'You’ll make a nice appetizer to your little mate,’ he purred.” The cat was female. 1. How old were these kids? 2. Baba Yaga was going to use the fairy king to find treasure? She was a powerful old witch; going after treasure wasn’t working for me. 3. Gregory heard the witch talking when he entered the library, yet she was unable to hear him knocking books and shelving down? 4. The cat took the map back from Gregory, who ended up yelling at the cat, and for whatever reason, “Gregory cursed himself for yelling.” Why? It’s not like he’d been quiet. 5. Hannah went into a room and, like the one Gregory had gone in, heard the witch calling out to her thinking she was the cat. It was the exact same thing she’d said to Gregory. That scene was confusing. 6. Why did Hannah hide behind the stove, when the witch stated she knew she was there? 7. At the end, they decided to give the treasure map to their stepmother. Could any reader see her going treasure hunting? I couldn’t. 8. How did their father respond when they finally got home? I wish there would have been more at the end. “The Teller Tree” by SM Rose 1/5 It was funny when I got to this story because maybe two audiobooks back, I’d listened to a collection of stories and there was one very similar to this one. Again, similar to the last story, this was a take on Little Red Riding Hood. Not a fan. One line I found funny was when the girl saw the woodsman in the woods the second time around, she realized he had an ax… that was used to cut trees. Something about that line had me thinking “Obviously the ax was for cutting trees down… he’s a woodsman!” While Roger cut the tree down, it revealed secrets, yet there was no reaction on his part. When the protagonist told the tree’s story, she had to “rearrange” it so she wasn’t telling the exact same story. How had the tree’s story gone when it was just like the protagonist’s life story? The most questioning part of the story was the big reveal at the end. The protagonist was bisexual? A lesbian? When there was no romantic/sexual thoughts or anything toward her female best friend. Sorry, but no. “From Hell” by Tara Jazdzewski 4/5 Finally a good story! I wish it would have been longer. “Constellation Boy” by Dixon Reuel 3/5 I found the idea of all inhabitants being gone leaving Death to just wait for more to come to be very interesting. This was the first story so far in which the black cat had a very teeny role… and wasn’t even feel but a stuffed animal. While the idea was neat, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. It was bleh. One mistake I found was “He also initialized the embryo growth programmed.” “Soul Sisters” by Mandy Lawson 2/5 NO CAT! This was the only story in which there was NO BLACK CAT at all! How did it even end up in this batch of stories? Obviously that was one of the themes between them. I liked the story up until the big reveal that the protagonist was sisters with the killer. I was like “What?!”. It left me feeling as though the author wasn’t sure how to end the story or what the twist would be until she was near that part of the story. It was a letdown for me. 1. What the age difference between the girls? 2. How had she found out she’d been adopted and who her real parents were? “The Witches of Nine” by Meg Holeva 2/5 I felt a little lost with this story as there wasn’t much backstory. When the officers showed up at their house to inform them of the mother’s death, that had to be the most insensitive “we’re sorry for your loss” I’ve ever read/heard. I wish it had been longer. 1. So Kolby’s father was an alcoholic? Why? 2. Her mother was deployed, as in the military? How long had she been gone to where the house is falling apart? Years? How did she die? 3. There was a part when her father stated he needed to keep his promise. About what? 4. What was Kolby going to be doing as a witch? I found it questionable that Kolby thought of the fairy king’s acquaintance as both a beautiful woman and a hag. A mistake I found: “Kolby scritched behind the feline’s ears.” “Dawson’s Farms” Matthew Cesca 4/5 I found the female protagonist to be annoying. For example, she saw the scarecrow and the direction it was pointing, looked away, then back at the scarecrow to see it pointing in a different direction. When her boyfriend noticed as well, she acted like he was the one imagining things. When the scarecrows “introduce” themselves, their open mouths were described as being like maws.” Using “maw” seemed questionable given they didn’t have teeth, or a real jaw, just a dark, empty (or straw-filled) hole. One mistake I found was when one of the protagonists thought, “It was starting to get hungry.” “Location Number Twenty-Three” by Alana Turner 3/5 This was an interesting Pokémon story. “A Witches? ” Nicholas Graham by 1/5 This was boring. 1. Why was the “Goddess,” who most would think of as being female, referred to as “it,” and “their”? 2. What was the purpose of the story taking place in the future when there was nothing futuristic about it? Magic was real yet none was performed. One mistake I found - “Trying to break her sister’s habit of always assing her for advice.” “My Own Dark Way” KA Miltimore by 2/5 Again, another remake, if you will. In this case, combining Jack and the Ripper with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was interesting. Otherwise, I felt the story was boring. Dr. Jekyll cutting off the one woman’s tragus was not believable. Does the author know what part of the ear the tragus is? How would a bottle have only cut that part? It’s tiny! Two mistakes I found were “I found myself back to house,” And “'Mad dog’, he spat violently.” It was a female character that spat. “Courting Death” by Edison Crux 4/5 I wanted to give this story 5-stars but there was a timeline issue. The reader is told the protagonist and her friend have been friends for two years. When she referred to dating Death, it had taken place before the friends met. Yet, Death had been at the bar for a week, depressed about “the girl,” while not collecting people who should have died. How the two-year/one-week mistake wasn’t caught was strange. 1. One of Death’s friends commented about how no one would have wondered why an eighteen-wheeler would come flying down the highway on a clear day stood out to me. Why would have that been questioned? Why would it have mattered if the day were clear or cloudy? 2. Is there a famous cat called Miss Fortune? This was the second story in which the name was used. 3. A person being decapitated by a weedwhacker? No. 4. If Death couldn’t be around Stephanie that long without causing death’s, how had the cat only gotten sick? How had Stephanie not died? A mistake I found, “He whipped away a rogue tear.” It was a female. 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Spooky without being gory.

I have really enjoyed listening to these short stories. There’s a little bit of everything spooky without being all blood and gore. I love the idea of using up and coming authors to create a book for a good cause. It’s a win win for everyone I’m really looking forward to the next in the series. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Exactly what you think it is

This is a good selection of short stories all with autumn as their commonality. Perfect for something non-committal or if you just want to invoke the feeling of fall.

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Collections are always tough

It's always tough to review collections -- and it's even harder when the stories are from different authors. On the whole though, I'd have to say that most of the stories were consistent in two ways: they had a black cat with a notched ear.... and they fell into the disappointing category. Many showed promise only to just end or ruin it (in my view) in some other way. While they can all be classified as YA, some of the authors wrote in a way that can appeal to all audiences IMO. "Bloodlines" - This was one getting really good, and then it just suddenly ended. Looking at the Amazon listing, it looks like this story is from a universe that Cass Kim created, so I guess that's forgivable, though it would've been nice to know there was more. “Fade to Black” - I honestly don't even remember this one. “Magician’s Weekend” was another really entertaining one that seemed to be part of a larger universe. It ended in a pretty fulfilling way though, so kudos to the author there. “Hannah and Gregory” felt way too kiddy and, well, pointless. “The Teller Tree” - another cool one that could have used some more writing. “From Hell” - Another one with lots of build up and a rather lame ending as payoff. “Constellation Boy” - Really cool one. Though I would have liked to hear more on this story, the author probably could have ended it a bit earlier than they did. “Soul Sisters” - interesting concept, but shallow and definitely YA in nature. Felt like an RL Stine short story. “Witches of Nine” -- cool concept that has potential to go places, but ended rather abruptly, leaving you with a bunch of world building and buildup that goes nowhere (maybe it does in another story?). “Dawson Farms" -- really cool one. Heavy YA tone to it and the author does way too much "explaining" at the end, but it was still a good concept with nice execution. “Location #23” - this one riffs off of Pokemon Go and Wizards Unite to create a tale that's actually kind of creepy. Would love to see this one expanded into a larger story. “A Witch’s Ken” - meh. lots of ideas, but a bit of a mess overall. The narrator struggled with this one a bit too. ”My Own Dark Way” - a new take on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as well as Jack the Ripper. Forgettable IMO. Courting Death” - This was a pretty touching tale and well-executed. One of the best here IMO. The narrator by the way did an amazing job -- through the good and bad! I was provided this audiobook free by Cass Kim in exchange for my honest review. There's some misses in here, but the hits really bring the other guys back up.

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A great story wither you read or listen to it

I only got the audio book yesterday but it was so good that I listened to it straight away it was wonderful it has 13 stories in it and each was better than the last and there is one little thing that is added to every single story but you will have to either read it or listen to it to find out what that is but if you like lots of good stories in one bundle then you will love this.