Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Skeletons in the Closet by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Reviewed for Imajin Books

A variety of spooky short stories hanging in this closet. Some are intense, the stuff nightmares are made of, and some are much simpler, playing on the psyche. In reading these short stories, the first being a trilogy of terror, I felt that they increased in horror with each addition to the anthology. Cheryl Kaye Tardif wields her plots with a dexterity that creeps into our souls and lives on in our minds.

Ouija, one of the later stories, so touches home as to be both horrifying and comical in the same breath. So many have had disconcerting moments with Ouija boards and this is quite typical of some of the legends surrounding it. I think I enjoyed Ouija and Remote Control best of this little crop of horrors with their quirky touches of humour, but the final story will chill you to the bone in its delivery! A wonderful crop of terrifying nightmares come to life, emphasizing how we so often enjoy being scared that we go out of our way to have campfire ghost stories. Well, these should give you a enough to keep you going for some time. Enjoy the shivers and always look over your shoulder...you never know who or what is lurking around you!

Tags: anthology, horror, short stories, terror, black humour, psychological terror, psyche, Canadian author,

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