If you’re looking for a wonderful read for the autumn or Halloween season, then look no further than Autumncrow by Cameron Chaney! This collection of heartfelt and terrifying tales are perfect to curl up with on a chilly day with your favorite warm fall beverage.
While I was reading, I had just a peppermint tea that I was sipping on, but boy do I wish I had a Sinners Cider instead! When I am able to get my hands on some cider, I may have to re-read!
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Autumncrow by Cameron Chaney
Each of these tales were so wonderfully written. Even the acknowledgment section was lovely and organized in a perfectly Halloween-themed metaphor that was very clever!
Cameron’s writing style just flows so well! The description is vivid but doesn’t stray anywhere near going overboard, so it really lets the reader fill in the rest of the scenes with their imaginations. He creates characters in a way that will either draw you to feel protective of them immediately or feel a little wary of them.
I loved that the main common thread in this collection is that all the tales happen in or around the town of Autumncrow. But one other element that makes itself know is the “follow me in,” which was included in most of these stories. I though that was a really interesting element that really added to the lore of the town that seemed to draw people in and keep them there.
Here are my quick thoughts on each tale-
Follow Me In – 5 Stars
Poetically written and heartbreakingly beautiful! What a tale to kick off this collection!
Pumpkin Light – 5 Stars
I loved that this was a story within a story! Another sad but also lovely tale about a woman determined to see her husband one last time.
Burnt Brownies – 5 Stars
Absolutely terrifying! Fire is a big fear of mine so this one really spooked me! Not just the candles being lit or the fireman… but what comes next. Yikes!
Frost – 5 Stars
Oh my gosh! I loved how this tale flowed. This poor kid.
Saving Face – 5 Stars
Oh man… when there are stories that tell you to stay out of the forest, you should always listen! And that ending!!
I Have No Mouth and I Must Feed – 5 Stars
God mannequins are so creepy! I loved how tense this tale was! And yet again, that ending!
CRYP-TV – 5 Stars
Okay, if I had to pick a favorite from this collection, it would be this one! I love that this tale begins with a dare that goes much further than just entering a crypt to be spooked on Halloween. This is such a wonderful tale!
There Are Monsters Here – 5 Stars
I have a full review of this one from the ebook that was released, click here to check it out!
My Final Thoughts on Autumncrow
This entire collection was such a wonderful read! It’s very rare that I find a collection where each story is a five star, and I’m so excited that this is one of them!
I highly recommend checking this out if you enjoy horror that ranges from the emotional real-world horror, to the full-out terrifying.
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