HORROR STORIES, by Alan Toner, self-published, e-book, Â£1.94.Â www.trueghoststories.co.uk.
Reviewed by Stewart Horn
Many modern horror authors try to avoid what they see as the old clichÃ©s, and tend to focus on more subtle, psychological horrors.Â So itâ€™s nice to get a collection like this and touch base with some old friends.
Here you will find vampires, living waxworks, revenants, lots of ghosts, a haunted telly, and some EC-style revenge tales.
The stories are all fairly short, neatly plotted and written in an accessible style.Â It reminded me of the R. L. Stine books I used to read to my kids, so I suspect Mr. Toner had a YA audience in mind.Â That said, there is some violence, some creepy stuff, and a few sexual references, but nothing that should faze an average modern 12-year-old.
An enjoyable, fun and respectful take on some classic horror themes.