Last week a collection of spooky stories called Shiver was released by UK publisher Accent Press, in time for Hallowe’en. I’ve been gripped to the stories all weekend. Some are creepy, some made me laugh out loud, some are eerily atmospheric, but all of them are a great read.
Clive is in deep trouble when the special Hallowe’en game he promises to code for a scratchcard company proves beyond his skill. Desperate, he promises his daughter Rosalie will be able to solve the problem. Rosalie struggles all night but can’t make the program work, until a strange-looking cleaner offers to help – in exchange for one of the winning scratchcards…
Can you tell which fairy tale I’m retelling? How about if I give you three guesses…?
There’s a great mixture of tales in the collection. I particularly enjoyed French author Marie Laval’s Cemetery of the Two Princesses, which is set in Algeria. It’s a chilling tale, full of ancient magic and superstition, and just right for scaring the wits out of people over a camp fire.
Celebrating Hallowe’en with trick or treat-ing, pumpkins and fancy dress is an American tradition which has made its way across the Atlantic to Britain. What I really enjoyed about this collection of stories is the unique British take on this tradition that shows in a lot of the authors’ writing – going to the pub on Hallowe’en; buying lottery tickets at the corner shop; ghostly pirates in Cornwall; crime and murder in a small village.
Do you celebrate Hallowe’en where you live? What’s your favourite ghost story? If you have any questions or comments at all, I’d love to hear from you. And if you download and enjoy Shiver, please come back and let me know!