Title: Hauntings: An Anthology
Authors: D. Apple, Judith Arnopp, K.S. Barton, Lynn Bryant, Stephanie Churchill, Kate Jewell, Paula Lofting, S.J.A. Turney, Samantha Wilcoxson, Jennifer C. Wilson
Publisher: Longship Publishing
Copyright: October 1, 2021
Format: E-Book, 282 Pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Anthology, Horror Anthology
Price: $0.99 [Kindle | KindleUnlimited], $12.06 [Paperback],
Chilling Tales that will take you through a labyrinth of historical horror.
You will encounter a tormented Roman general.
A Norse woman who must confront her terrifying destiny.
Meet a troubled Saxon brother, searching for his twin’s murderer.
A young nurse tries to solve the mysteries of an asylum for the insane.Down the passages of time to the Tudor age, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn wander through a haunted garden and elsewhere,
a lost slave girl is the soul survivor of a mass slaughter. These are just a few of the eerie tales which ensure that Hauntings is not for the faint-hearted.
Join us as 10 talented authors relate their historical horrors in this ghostly collection
With a foreword by the eminent author of histories of medieval women Sharon Bennett Connolly.
Hauntings is the perfect anthology for history lovers. In this anthology, ten authors write brilliant and bone-chilling stories that will be certain to shock and delight you. It marries together the best of both worlds: history and horror.
The stories cover different time periods, from the reign of the Roman Emperors up until the middle of the twentieth century. In their writings, these authors demonstrate their thorough knowledge of the time periods in which the stories are set. These delightful stories are well-written, fun, and steeped in all kinds of fascinating history.
I think my favorite story is S.J.A Turney’s “The Furies.” Set during the Roman Empire, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman general, is haunted by evil deeds perpetrated during his time in Britain. It was one story that immediately drew me in. From the beginning, the author does an excellent job weaving this elaborate tale with gorgeous prose. From the descriptions of ancient Roman life, the warped mind of Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, the haunted nature of his existence, etc. Needless to say, I was beyond delighted with this story. There was something quite chilling about it that remains with me long after I finished reading.
Another favorite story was Samantha Wilcoxson’s “Among the Lost.” Set in the 1920s, it tells the story of a nurse working in a mental asylum who begins to see a mysterious woman. It’s even more frightening when a patient starts mentioning the woman, Nurse Nancy. This story was perhaps one of the most terrifying! The author does a beautiful job setting the scene and amping up the tension. This definitely was one that kept me on the edge of my seat!
Another story I was very fond of was Paula Lofting’s “The Howling of Wolves.” Set during the 1050s, it tells the story of the grieving Wulfric who loses his beloved twin brother, Wulfwin, in battle. He soon starts to think that his brother was murdered. If that is the case, how can he exact revenge? This story was filled with all kinds of emotional angst and fascinating historical facts. The author does an amazing job bringing the characters to life while showing the reader what life was like during that epoch. I was delighted by this story.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Hauntings. All of the authors brought something new and unique to this anthology. I would recommend it to fellow readers in the future.
There was a dirge echoing through the house: a low, discordant moan. A non-melodious melody that made the hairs stand proud on the back of his neck. His skin turned ice cold. It was a sound he knew all too well, for all that it had been a decade since he’d heard it. After all, it had been a decade since anyone had heard it, for those responsible were all long dead, their homes and groves burned and torn down.
S.J.A. Turney, Hauntings: An Anthology