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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Emporium of Superstition: An Old Wives' Tale Anthology is an anthology collection of fascinating short stories in the suspense, mythology, folklore, fantasy, and adventure subgenres. There are twelve superb authors featured in this anthology, including C. Vonzale Lewis, Elle Beaumont, Candace Robinson, Jessica Cranberry, and Marlena Frank, to name but a few. In this enthralling collection, we explore the darkest tales from “the old wives”, for example, the dangerous shadow creatures that we are warned about as children and the powerful gods that watch over our every move. What results is a fascinating anthology that gels together beautifully in the sweet spot between cautionary tales, horror, and fantasy.
For fans of the likes of Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and Darren Shan, there’s an enjoyably macabre beauty to the works presented in this fine collection. I particularly enjoyed the fact that they weren’t just short stories done in one punch but mini-novella constructions that allowed you to get sucked in with different chapters and scenes moving the story forward to its (often gruesome) conclusions. A particular favorite of mine was the multi-layered chilling narrative of One Last Breath by author Elle Beaumont, which had the gory scenery of human remains juxtaposed with wit and a pithy gothic spirit which I really enjoyed.
Every author and every story in the collection is well worth a read, edited, and presented to the highest possible quality, and there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy in the pages of this unique grimoire of tales. Overall, I would highly recommend Emporium of Superstition: An Old Wives' Tale Anthology for all dark fantasy and folklore fans seeking several new wonderful authors to discover.