Celebration of Horror, Book 1

The Best of Roma Gray
By: Roma Gray
Narrated by: Terry F. Self
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries: all times to celebrate, all times to cherish...all times to fear!

In this book you will find a collection of Roma Gray's best horror stories, each one focused on these special times of the year. Find out why you should think twice before going to mom's house for Christmas dinner or venturing out into the woods on that camping trip. You might just decide it's best to stay home...assuming, of course, you are safe even there....

©2017 Roma Gray (P)2017 Roma Gray

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Really is her BEST!!!!

Roma Gray has swiftly and suredly become a favorite author. She has a rare ability to write powerful short stories, stories with heart, with soul, and a sharp knife to cut them out of you by the end of her tales. I have said this before; good short stories are hard to write. It takes a lot to make you care about something in a short piece of time, and she seems to do so effortlessly. I think I have read just about everything she has done, and I have never seen something that was "just ok" or decent. Everything she has done has been excellent, well crafted, and full of heart.

So, it should be no surprise when I rave about her Celebration of Horror. The only negative thing I have to say is that there are only five stories in this collection. I really want MORE. Each short centers on a particular holiday, and I think the best was her unique interpretation of vampires on Easter. Just plain killer. I will say that she doesn't drown you in blood and gore. Nope. Most of the horror is what goes on in our own hearts and heads, and that is the only medium she needs to put a chill down your spine. Sincerely, get this book and enjoys a budding master of the written word while you can, you will be glad that you hopped on the train early.

Ooops, almost forgot to commend Mr. Self for his fine narration skills. As far as I know, the man has done all of her works, and deservedly so. He really conveys the deeper subtext of her stories, and knows how to build up the suspense, before driving the hammer home. He is easy to understand, and follow (although he will take you down some dark paths). Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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I actually enjoyed listening to Celebration of Horror Book I written by Roma Gray and narrated by Terry F. Self. Did it deliver the horror, yes. The writing was top notch and suspenseful, and had pretty good narration. A interesting set of short stories overall, and look forward from more by the author.

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Horrific Holidays

I can always count on Roma Gray to write a great story, full of horror. These stories aren't bloody, gory horror, but rather more subtle scares. As always with Ms. Grays' stories, these stories deliver their scares in a more psychological way that leaves a lot to the reader's imagination.

The premise of each story is that the Holidays are actually a day of horror, not celebration. In this particular book, Ms. Gray examines Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day. I don't think that I will be looking at any of these Holidays in quite the same way after reading this book! If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the story about Easter because of the heart-wrenching nature of that story.

All of the stories have a unique take on horror even while incorporating well-known creatures like vampires and werewolves. The endings of each story are unexpected and add to the scare factor. I also enjoyed the Author's Notes after each story in which the author told where the story was first published and how it came about. I continue to be fascinated by author's imaginations and always enjoy knowing more about their inspiration.

The narrator, Terry Self, is perfect for this collection. His pacing and voices fit each story and his narration added a lot to my enjoyment of these stories. I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the author and chose to review it.

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I can't get enough Roma's stories

I'm not a huge lover of short stories, but I love Roma's. Actually it's a bittersweet love. She always leaves me wanting more. Her shorts are awesomeness, but I keep thinking "Roma, Roma, I want, I need more" and what can I say about Tony F. Self. He just adds to the awesomeness!! Perfect combo!!!

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5 big spooky ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Roma Gray has done it again!! Celebration of Horror, Book 1 is a great compilation of horror stories that will have you wanting to read/listen with the lights on. Ms. Gray's storytelling skills are remarkable and I cannot get enough of her writing.

In this compilation, you will find one story relating to Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day and two relating to Halloween. I enjoyed them all equally well and loved that you learned more about the story (why written, etc) at the end of.each segment. These are all great, creepy stories that will leave you looking over your shoulder at every little bump in the night.

Also, I loved the narrator, Terry Self. His voice and inflection while telling the story added an extra level of excitment. Mr. Self definitely would be welcomed around any campfire.

I would highly recommend Roma Gray to all. If you haven't tried any of her works, you really are missing out. Thank you again Ms. Gray for a truly frightful tale!

****Note - I receievd an ACX copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

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You will never look at Easter the same way again

This is an anthology from one of my favourite horror short story writers. Roma Gray’s imagination just scares me. This audio begins with the warning that celebrations are a day where we put an ‘x’ on the calendar and plan to enjoy the day with family and friends. But what if something bad happens that day?

My best friend died on Christmas Day, BTW.

As Roma Gray points out – life is random.

There are five holidays addressed: Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day. I loved Ms. Gray commenting that Valentine’s Day is “the most brutal holiday and that more people have a bad day rather than a good day.” In fact, she titles the story, “All Roads Lead to Hell”.

What could possibly go wrong?

If you have read Ms. Gray’s “Love Letters”, you’ll know that love letters are not always welcome.

Ruth is a nurse working in a nursing home. Most of the residents are quietly going off into that good night, accepting of their fate. Not Emily. The nonagenarian woman is fighting tooth and nail to stay alive. Even though the cancer has almost won the battle, Emily is not willing to give up. It isn’t until Ruth comes across Emily’s trove of love letters that she understands why the older woman is so terrified of death.

Since this is Roma Gray, there are elements of the supernatural, and of course, the very disquieting. If I were facing Emily’s potential fate, I would fight tooth and nail as well. And the ending was disturbing.

All the endings in this anthology are disquieting. If you never loved Christmas, ‘A T-Rex for Christmas’ is not going to change your mind. Halloween freak you out? An old house in Maine might not be the best place to stay during All Hallows Eve. Bad things are bound to happen.

These stories create a nice little collection and Ms. Gray promises there will be more. I can only imagine what she can do with New Year’s Eve and the Summer Solstice.

Terry F. Self does another great job bringing first the right tension, using volume, tone, and pauses in perfect combination to make a terrifying story. Horror isn’t my fave, but I will always listen to Roma Gray.

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What way to ruin a holiday!

These were fun shorts. My favorite was "Valentine's Day," which had a really interesting premise, and a Freddy Krueger-like feel to it. It could easily be a novel of its own; a surreal battle arena in the valley of death. I love it. Overall, I enjoy Roma Gray's crafty writing style, and these are a few good examples of it. Woe to thee, all you protagonists...

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The Holidays Will Never Be the Same

Who can take a joyous holiday and make it a thing of horror? None of than Roma Gray, of course. If the holidays are just a little too happy for your taste, read this book now!

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This Is Going To Cause Nightmares

This collection of Holiday stories is going to cause nightmares. Intense stories of hate, and fright, and horror.
A fun listen.

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Five Exciting Holiday Stories!

These are five quick horror stories dealing with holidays that are under an hour each. I love Roma’s writings. Hearing it on audio is great on a nice fall or winter drive in the dark. The narrator has great inflection and feeling in his voice. I better keep my door locked!

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  • Jeff
  • 09-20-18

I thought holidays were a time for celebration

Roma has a knack for the dark and not so subtle. so lets just get the garden tools out and kill a few people.