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More Scary Kisses

More Scary Kisses

Edited by: Liz Grzyb
Published by: Ticonderoga Publications
Page Count: 262
ISBN-10: 0980781329
ISBN-13: 978-0980781328
Where to buy:
Indie Books Online, Amazon, and other fine book retailers

Publisher’s Comments:
Seventeen stories from some of Australia’s brightest talents, complemented by fantastic tales from the US and UK.

More Scary Kisses promises vampires, aliens, fairytale princesses, parallel universes, voodoo, werewolves, wizards, phantoms, dryads and cherubim.

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Tonight our faithful Minion Heather Royston is going to talk about the sequel to Scary Kisses – More Scary Kisses. I am preparing some difficult trivia questions for our 13 Days of Halloween contests, so please excuse the brevity of this intro. I will now leave you in Heather’s capable hands. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

I’ve been looking forward to reading “More Scary Kisses” since I finished the first volume awhile back and I’d been saving it for awhile. I finally got to crack it recently and was quite excited at what goodies it would hold. The introduction only fueled my excitement. Editor Liz Grzyb’s words about how she put the first book together and how she felt about the stories mirrored my own feelings. I dug right in with high hopes.

The first story, “Berries and Incense” by Felicity Dowker took me a bit by surprise. I had to go back and read the first two paragraphs to make sure I was reading it right. Once I understood that yes, this girl seems to be mostly tree, it hooked me in. It’s a story of pain, love and betrayal. I found myself hurting for the tree girl just as much as she hurt for herself. It was a fantastic opener.

“Matchmaker” by Dayle A. Dermatis had a lighter tone and was a perfect follow up. This one had a parallel universe as well as magic and some delicious sounding food. I was glad to be reading that story during dinner! The bones of the story were a common tale, but setting it in a world where you can take a vacation to the land of “1001 Arabian Nights” set it apart.

The next two stories were about vampires, the first “Snake Charmer” by Carol Ryles was a new and rather interesting take on vampirism and the next “Philomena and the Blonde God” was a more whimsical take on it and set me to giggling every few paragraphs. The giggling continued on though “Dances with Werewolves” by Frank Summers, it was just full of pop culture references and nerdy awkwardness.

The next few stories were all good as well, they ebbed and flowed and kept me entertained well enough until I got to “Frostbitten” by Kirstyn McDermott. This was the only story in the book that I didn’t care for. Not because it wasn’t well written or not a good story, it absolutly was. It just wasn’t my fare, a bit too erotic for my tastes really. However even the little bit of negativity I felt was washed away by “The Dark Night of Anton Weiss” by D.C. White. It was just full of mentions of Lovecraft and Poe, and the character of Terry Parkinson “Occultist and Roofer (generous rates for pensioners),” though a bit stereotypical, had me in stitches. I had to sit for a few minutes to allow the fit to pass and continue on.

The next stories were all pleasant reads, they had ups and downs but I enjoyed them all thoroghly. But then I got to “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker” by Martin Livings and Talie Helene, and the world had to stop for a bit. I was absolutly enthralled by this one. It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It wasn’t quite about ghosts, but spirits. Spirits of love, music, a better time. This one took my breath away and when I turned the last page I got choked up, not only because the story was over but because the book was as well.

Final Thoughts:
“More Scary Kisses” did not have quite as many stand out stories as the first book, but each one had something special. I sincerely hope that Liz Grzyb puts out more in this series because I call first dibs on them. My opinion of paranormal romance has definitly been rewritten. I give this book 4 out of 5 tentacles.

Heather Royston, Minion (Reviewer)

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