Title: Urntold Tales of Horror and Dread: A Scary Short Story Collection
Author: JB Lovet
Page Count: 114 pages
Rating: 4 / 5 ✨✨✨✨✨
This short story collection aims to bring you a chill with the compact tales included. Aimed at the horror fan who in this frightfully busy world may struggle to find the time to read as much as they’d like to, this book is intended to sate that appetite for dread in the spare moments between the genuine terror of a schedule that is too full.
It’s no secret that I love short story collections; working 4 jobs, having a blog, running an Etsy, and even just existing gets pretty busy sometimes, and it can be hard for me to find the time to devote to an entire thick book the same way I used to. Because of this busy lifestyle, my recent reads have been pretty short in nature, from novellas and flash fiction to collections like this one.
I hadn’t heard of the author before, and when they reached out to me to review the book, I will admit to being a little hesitant. I never want to waste anyone’s time, and I’ve had someone in the past become very aggressive because I didn’t get to their book fast enough for their liking, so whenever I get a message or email from someone I’m unfamiliar with, I try to really evaluate if I think the book and situation would be a good fit for me. In the proposal email, the author mentioned that the reason they were drawn to the short story format was because of a busy life as well, which I absolutely relate to. Ultimately, I decided that JB Lovet’s collection sounded like one I really wanted to read, and they sent the book over to me pretty soon after.
Upon seeing it, I was glad I’d made the decision that I did – I love the cover design so much! It really ties in with the first story, too, and yikes! Once I got to reading it, all it took was the first story to draw me in and get me hooked – it was so good! Each story was different from the last, and the way they’re written gives the characters their own distinct voices for each one, which isn’t easy to do in a collection like this.
This collection has a little bit of everything, which is great for those like me who love a lot of different things in horror. Spooky dolls, monsters, crazy killers, tragedy, folklore, the works! My favorite stories are below, and there are actually a couple of bonus stories at the end of the book that aren’t part of the main collection, but are still worth reading ’cause they’re also pretty good!
+ The Tooth Fairy and Its Forms Across the World (Pg 1)
+ Dedushka’s Gift (Pg 7)
+ Prank Calls (Pg 54)
+ There’s Pirate Treasure in the Lake (Pg 89)
Overall, this may have been one that slipped under the radar when it was released this past January, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to hop on the Urntold Tales train. I’d definitely recommend grabbing a copy – it’s available as an ebook, or a physical book, on Amazon!
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