Sunday, June 3, 2018

[Book Review] Strange Tales in Fiction and Fact by Richard Howard

Book Review of Strange Tales in Fiction and Fact by Richard Howard

Strange Tales in Fiction and Fact by Richard Howard is a beautifully written collection of short stories that will totally captivate you.

I had previously read, and loved, Tales of the Lost by Richard Howard. So when the author offered to send me this collection, I was ecstatic! Unfortunately, my life got insanely busy with my two jobs, wedding planning, staying on top of my honest review requests that were already on the calendar, my two book clubs, and general everyday life things... So quite some time had passed before I was able to pick it up.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Strange Tales in Fiction and Fact by Richard Howard

Ghosts, vampires and the afterlife merge with the forces of nature and symbolic archetypes in these twelve highly original short stories that run the gamut from darkness and death to innocence and hope. While rooted in this world, they reach into the beyond with the mystical insight of parable and myth that touches something deep within the unconscious.

A quick note:
I LOVE when authors who send me a book for an honest review do things like this! Thank you, Richard!

My thoughts:
This collection was so much fun! There were a number of stories that I really loved and already cannot wait to reread. The entire collection was so beautifully written.

I took my time reading this one so I could properly digest each tale, and I am so glad that I did. This collection just screams for a reread!

Here are my rating breakdowns and quick notes for each short story:

The Temple of Lior
Woah, what a story! I really enjoyed the building anticipation to see how this one was going to play out.

Storm Child
LOVE this one!! It was so suspenseful. I was really rooting for Eleanor and my heart totally broke for her. This was my favorite story of the collection!

Elegy in Red
Oooh! What a fun twist! This was a quick one, but such an action filled short!

The Messenger
I was getting so anxious to find out why the messenger was there! But I think I may have missed something with this one...

Unfortunately I didn’t get this one. Guess I had better reread it soon!

Stars and Crystals
Loved this one! Such a sweet and interesting tale!!

WOW! Heartbreaking, terrifying, and so bittersweet.

Moon Prophecy
I think I missed something in this one as well, but I really liked the beginning.

Last Rites
I’m always a sucker for vampire stories! This one was so spooky!

The Prisoner
WOW! I was feeling bit claustrophobic reading this one. And that ending!

Lovely!! What a fun and fantastical tale about love!

Tower Song
What a fun tale!

Strange Tales In Fact ~ An Autobiographical Note
What an honest and beautiful section. I really appreciate the author giving us a glimpse into his life. I also really loved learning where some of these stories originated! What a great way to end the collection!

My favorite passages:
Just because we might not understand how, doesn't mean it cannot be.

Thunder crashed and rolled across the countryside like ocean breakers, crackling sharply just as it seemed most likely to recede.

Believe in the love that you have chosen and no harm will befall you.

My final thoughts:
I would highly recommend this short story collection if you like slightly mysterious tales with a strong dose of the paranormal. As I read each story, I was totally sucked in. While I didn't want many of them to end, I was also excited to dive into the next one.

Thanks for reading!
I've gotta read some more paranormal books soon! Do you have a favorite? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

To learn more about Richard Howard, check out his website here!


  1. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

  2. The autobiographical note sounds like a really nice touch. I'm glad to hear you loved most of these stories! Thanks for sharing. :)


  3. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one. I love the "believe in the love you've chosen" quote. How pretty. Kind of sounds like a perfect quote for a wedding or anniversary :)

  4. I usually do not gravitate towards short stories, but I recently read a few and changed my tune. I will keep this one in mind for a future read!

    1. Same here! I used to struggle with them so much, but now I love them!

  5. I'm not a huge fan of short stories. I love the description of the "Thunder crashed and rolled" passage.

  6. Other than one or two stories which you didn't love (which is normal because it's a collection) it sounds like you loved all the rest! I am glad you could adore another collection of his!

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    1. Definitely! My ratings for shorts stories are typically ALL over the place. I've been reading some collections that are mostly five stars recently though, and I'm loving it!

  7. That sounds very good! I should really start reading more short story collections. :)

  8. This does sound good! I love it when authors send nice little messages along with their books!

  9. Short stories aren't usually my thing but I have to admit these sound pretty enticing based on your review :)

    1. I used to have such a hard time with short stories, but collections like this have quickly become my favorite genre!!