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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Grave Tales is a collection of short horror stories by D. L. Brown. The five stories in the anthology focus on graves and supernatural events. The tales center around a nature activist who still protects the trees after his death, a grave near a hill that holds no bounds of time, a mysterious tin box that lures curious minds and greedy souls, the ghost of a beloved pet, and a vampire-like chindi that follows a man after he goes on a paranormal expedition in New Mexico. Apart from their common theme, the stories are separate, so they may be read independently.
D. L. Brown has put together a fantastic anthology of supernatural tales. The plot of each piece is well-defined, and the tone is clear. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and their actions are consistent. Vivid pictures precede each story and reflect the main subject accurately, allowing readers to have a visual representation of the words as they turn the pages. The author includes interesting information, from a good cure for a hangover to the traditions of the Navajo people. Two stories move along a little more slowly than the other three, but they include a great deal of background information about the personalities and setting. Brown’s work covers multiple genres, so readers can expect horror, science fiction, magical realism, paranormal suspense, and a touch of romance. Grave Tales is a great book for anyone who enjoys eerie stories told in easily digestible portions.