I have reviewed several books from author Rayne Hall, and with each new series of stories, I am more and more impressed with her talent.
In this book, Thirty Scary Tales, don’t expect to find stories filled with intense horror and gore. Instead, these are psychological thrillers. Stories that will scare some, but only mildly upset others, because as Rayne mentions, “Fear is personal. The same story may constrict one person’s chest and set their heart racing, yet send only a mild tingle down another reader’s spine” (Rayne Hall).
I like a variety of genres, and I have found that, even though these are not your typical horror stories, they do invoke a certain amount of fear. Especially the first story in this book, The Devil You Know. I think the reason that this story scares me, is because it reminds me of a life that I struggled to get out of, and that had hurt me for a long time.
The thing about scary stories, is that, they can be about very basic things, but if the reader has ever experienced what the writer is discussing, and if it was a negative experience, then those wounds can reopen and cause nightmares.
In that sense, I think that Rayne did an excellent job. Not all of the stories are ones that I can relate to, but my imagination is wild, and I can imagine just how scary some of those situations would be in the here and now. One example is the story Prophetess, The story of Cassandra, and how she had visions of the evils that would come…including the fall of Troy at the hands of the Greek Soldiers. I would be terrified if I had the ability to see what evils lie ahead.
There are 30 tales in this book, and 30 chances for Rayne to show you her talent, and she does a superb job. This book is great for anyone that loves to read, but I think it is suited best for young adults.
I recommend Thirty Scary Tales and you can get it on amazon for .99 (Kindle) or $11.69 (Paperback)