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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Not Just Any Old Ghost Story,,, by Steve Vernon [4 stars]




From the Description:

Tommy has come home from the city to visit his Dad for one last time. He is determined to get to the bottom of all of the secrets that his Dad has kept for hidden behind a smokescreen of storytelling and charm.

It turns out that some secrets are best left untold.

NOT JUST ANY OLD GHOST STORY is a quiet little story about coming home and ghosts that you can never escape and a love that never dies. It is a story that will take you to the very heart of storytelling itself.

"If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." - BOOKGASM

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we are lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar, CEMETERY DANCE

"This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." - Edward Lee, author of THE GOON and HEADER

It seems like every time I read one of Steve Vernon's Sea Tales I get hooked on his writing style all over again. In this story you get to meet a family that doesn't really know how to talk to each other. The tales of their lives are told in stories of a haunted shore that prove you don't need blood and guts in a story for it to be scary. Just like the young man in the story I was hooked before I knew it. An insidious little ghost story! A solid 4 star read.