13 enchanted horrors, 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?
My Take: The is a deliciously dark collection of 13 short stories, all with a super natural element.
The first story, Soul Survivor, is actually a page long poem that sets the creep factor nicely.
Next we enjoy a short story, "The Puppet Master" that dabbles in Romani myth and legend. "No Returns" is an unexpected short story with a dark twist at the end.
"Wade, Haunted" is a longer short story/ cautionary tale with a dash of naughty.
"Season of Change" which is one of my favorites, takes a look at neighbors.
"On the Ninth Day" is a clever piece based on the Norse God Odin. "Strike a Pose" is about the victim of a creative killer. Dark, twisted, and fun.
"A Child Lost" looks at the world of Pixies.
"The May Queen" plays on the ancient tradition of the May Pole. "The Chair" is a morbid look into the world of an electric chair. "Tears of a Sinner" is a dark look into arranged marriage.
"What the Sign Saw" is one of the longest pieces, and is a dark love story that I also really enjoyed.
"The 13th Year" wraps up the tales with a unique view into the lore of vampires.
If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, then I think you will enjoy this modern take on the dark, macabre, and supernatural. I know I certainly did. You can get your copy of The 13: Tales of Illusory on Amazon, or at any of these retailers.