Just Shadows by Tara Fox Hall
Publisher: Bradley Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
From the murky depths of a summer lake to the echoing halls of an insane asylum, evil lies in wait for victims. Innocents might escape by a hair’s breath, if they’re lucky. Then again, they might not. The shadows are waiting. Dare you step into the darkness and be judged?
Do you like being scared? If you do, this short story collection full of horror stories, many with wicked endings, might be your cup of tea.
This author was a new one for me and her writing grabbed me from the first story. I was not expecting such frank, uncensored evil in a very short story. Her descriptions take you into the story and hold you right there until you have to see how she handled the tale.
The stories range from tales about the end of the world, to monsters in the closet, to tales of vampires and life threatening situations. They are very succinct and succeeded in getting my attention quickly. Some stories could have been fleshed out more and contained more detail, which would have spaced out the horror and made the endings more of a shock. Still this author can write a good, edge-of-your-seat tale with a scary ending in amazingly few words.
Ms. Hall takes your worst nightmares and makes them come true on these pages. R. L. Stine writes “scary” stories for young adults, but I prefer this author’s style. She makes them sound believable even though you know they are fantasy. They are subtle, but grab you by the guts.
If you wish to share this with a young adult, I’d recommend it’s a mature young adult who won’t have nightmares. And, if you have nightmares, you might not want to read it either. True fans of the type of book that makes you hide under your covers will enjoy this anthology.