If you fancy paranormal short stories, then you will love Suzanne Burke’s finely crafted exploration into the darker things that go bump in the night! Keeping with the fright and fears we’ve been rolling out through February, it is one that is definitely worth the read! Listed below is the review I have posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads, so check them and Suzanne Burke out!
5 out of 5!
Suzanne Burke’s collection of tales within “Mind-Shaft: Paranormal Anthology” takes readers on a whirlwind adventure through the course of short stories centered on the odd, the supernatural, and the maddeningly bizarre that will send chills down your spine and make you think twice about every sound you hear in the darkest of night.
Within the first couple of pages, readers will instantly realize that Burke not only wants you to explore the darker sides of the paranormal world but wants you to take a deeper look at what really scares people and what supernatural forces are at work behind the scenes of our own reality. Unforgiving and unapologetic in her approach, Burke rips down the curtain on casual haunts and commonplace spooky sounds of the night by displaying a more sinister approach to our normal versions of ghosts and ghouls by shining a dirty flashlight at our own foible emotions, a talent she masterfully details within each chapter.
Each section of her collection centers on a specific story offered up for inspection and each one comes with its own level of paranormal involvement. Be it touchingly bizarre, gruesomely bloody, or mentally unstable, Burke takes us on a ride through the darker side of choices, regrets, and really really bad decisions exposed in crafted handiwork that showcases her talent as an author. Each chapter, another journey, each foray into the world of paranormal, another chance to see how people’s lives can change in an instant when the icy finger of the supernatural world decides to tap you on the shoulder. The sections are short works of fiction, but each story holds its own and is reminiscent of Twilight Zone episodes of our past that, in some way, mated with a couple of airings from Tales from the Crypt. I can only assume that was Burke’s inspiration because as I read through her work I imagined each chapter and how well they would have been as episodes on television as her ability to bring you into her world leaves you wanting more in every way possible.
If you are a fan of paranormal, you would do well to dive headfirst into Burke’s, Mind-Shaft: Paranormal Anthology. The stories are short but powerful in their approach with each offering up a different take on the world of supernatural beyond our own. A touch of mystery, a splash of thrills, a handful of crazy, a kiss that is echoed through time, and a gallon of blood become effortlessly blended together into a collection that will gross you out one minute before making you smile the next. It will leave you haunted well after you finish, something tells me Burke wouldn’t have it any other way. Great read!