I wasn’t sure what to expect when I managed to pick up a free eBook edition of Teresa Grabs’ Tales from the Haunted Wordsmith: A Short Fiction Collection at the end of May. When I got it, I wasn’t sure how long until I would read it until recently when I had finished one book and needed something easy to read. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I didn’t want one huge novel to get into. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up Teresa’s book and indulge in her tales.
Normally in story collections (no matter the length) there is a general theme. However in Grabs’ book it is a multi-genre collection. Thus it doesn’t really stick to one overall theme in the collection. In a way, that seemed to make it better for me as a reader. I wasn’t stuck with one constant theme in a time where I needed to read something I could just escape into and not get lost in complicated plot. I didn’t have to get involved in anything overly heavy here, yet at the same time there were tales that were rather though provoking. There were also some rather morbid moments, but honestly my horror loving heart has no problem with those.
The cool thing about this collection is because it’s multi-genre and it’s a short fiction collection, every time I went to read I found myself excited and curious on what I would discover and stumble into next. Truly, Grabs takes her readers on quite the variety of journeys. My only real complaint is that some of the pieces in the collection weren’t a little longer. That may be due to my own enjoyment and selfish desire to want to dive further into those particular stories though.
For me, this is one of those books that if the author offered signed copies on their site I would totally snatch one up. Unfortunately, Amazon is my way to go and thus I am happy to share I enjoyed it so much I purchased a paperback copy for my bookshelves. It arrives Monday, which makes me as a reader happy since I know this is a book I will visit again multiple times in the future.
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