Title: Tales from a Talking Board
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester, J.M. McDermott and others
Editor: Ross E. Lockhart
No. of pages: 228
Genre: Horror, Short stories
Publication date: October 24th
Date read: March 21st 2018
Can we speak with the spirits of the dead? Is it possible to know the future? Are our dreams harbingers of things to come? Do auspicious omens and cautionary portents effect our lives?
Edited by Ross E. Lockhart, Tales from a Talking Board examines these questions–and more–with tales of auguries, divination, and fortune telling, through devices like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and stranger things.
So dim the lights, place your hands upon the planchette, and ask the spirits to guide you as we present fourteen stories of the strange and supernatural by Matthew M. Bartlett, Nadia Bulkin, Nathan Carson, Kristi DeMeester, Orrin Grey, Scott R. Jones, David James Keaton, Anya Martin, J. M. McDermott, S. P. Miskowski, Amber-Rose Reed, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Wendy N. Wagner.
First I just want to say how much I love the cover – it’s such an original way to use the cover!
Now onto the review of the stories. This anthology had some really good ones in it, but unfortunately, not all of them were hits (or even came close) to me. Of the fourteen stories, I only genuinely loved about five. The others I can’t even remember properly by now and one, “Spin the Throttle” by David James Keaton, I just skipped after being confused for about three pages (hate to do that though!).
I expected all of the stories to be about the use and dangers of Ouija boards. Most of them were, but there were also a couple of stories where they didn’t use a talking board, but instead another way to communicate with the “other side”. Besides that, I expected this book to be way, way, creepier than it was. Or maybe I’m just getting used to being creeped out? Who knows!
The stories I loved were “Grief” by Tiffany Scandal, “Questions and Answers” by David Templeton and “Haruspicate or Scry” by Orrin Grey. These just had a good structure and story in general that the other stories lacked, in my humble opinion. The story that creeped me out the most was the first one “YesNoGoodbye” by Kristi DeMeester, but unfortunately that didn’t necessarily mean I liked it. It was what I expected from this anthology though, and that’s what made it a good first story.
All in all, I didn’t really look forward to picking this book up to read, but there were some stories that I’d like to reread in the future!
* This book was included in The Nocturnal Reader’s Box of December *