Wednesday, October 23, 2013


When I think of Halloween certain words come to mind. Eerie, spooky, and zombies, just to name a few. The Holiday of Halloween has deep roots in many cultures and within those roots lies controversy. One element each hold in common - other than the obvious spirit theme - is superstition threading through the Upper and Under Worlds, Inner and Outer Worlds, or Heaven and H.E.Double Hockey Sticks.

So what better word to use for the title of a collection of short stories during Halloween?

Title: VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: Myths, Legends and Tales of Superstition
Publisher: Month9Books
Released: October 2013
I'd like to thank the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this anthology in exchange for an unbiased review.
Description: This is a charity anthology to benefit SPCA International. The stories are based on urban legends, myths, tribal tales and superstitions from around the world. My story is “Thirst,” which is set in the Riders world a long, long, long (long) time ago. It’s a Famine tale. And Death, of course; it wouldn’t be a Riders tale without Death.

COVETED! A MUST HAVE...for the Halloween Season.
Plus, it's for a great cause!

My Splats: a collection of spook-licious tales that will taunt, and in a few cases, tickle the fear bone in any reader.

Throughout each story, vivid word choices paint living pictures. Well-developed settings draw the reader even deeper into each small world, while diversity breaths life and uniqueness to each. Some characters speak volumes through quick-witted and sassy dialog, while others hold their secondary positions to enhance the tales.

At points, unexpected paranormal elements mix nicely with old England or a drab forest. Each text is paced nicely, filled with action, mystery, and a bit of BOO. There's even tantalizing serenity to some prose--a calm before a storm within an ominous journey. 

Lessons of love that could never, should never be, and some passions are just stronger than curses bleed throughout. Character growth takes a ride, and sometimes in unexpected ways. Intrigue is found among the stories, which are fairly quick and easy reads. A few even play on old tales, but all pull in ancient superstitions we all know.

About the Very Superstitious Authors:

Shannon Delany

Shannon Delany's newest novel, WEATHER WITCH (St. Martin's Press) is already available for pre-order (which both stuns and delights Delany)!
     Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through . 
     Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel has earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.
     The first novel in Shannon’s YA paranormal series, 13 to Life, debuted June 22, 2010, and was followed by Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals, Destiny and Deception, and the Rivals and Retribution (August 2012).
     Shannon has also debuted with interactive science fiction in her short story ("To Hel and Back") for Spirited: 13 to Haunting Tales (Leap Books) and will make her high fantasy debut with Month 9 Books' charity anthology titled Two and Twenty Dark Tales (October 2012, "Pieces of Eight" with musician Max Scialdone). 
     Shannon's new series (a steampunk trilogy titled WEATHER WITCH, also with St. Martin's Press) will launch June 25, 2013.
     Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Pab Sungenis

Born in the swamps of Southern New Jersey, Pab Sungenis developed a childhood fascination with cartooning and drew a daily strip for his own amusement for two years before realizing he couldn’t draw. He wound up in broadcasting, worked for numerous stations including WSBU, WOND, WMGM, WSKR, WBNJ, WWBZ, and WKTU. He describes his drawing ability as like that of “a mentally challenged rhinoceros on a Ny-Quil bender”, but thanks to the wonders of photo-manipulation and computer image editing, on February 8, 2006 he found himself creating The New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which has appeared ever since, first on, and now in online syndication with Pab Sungenis is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT. Website | Twitter | Facebook

Stephanie Kuehnert

STEPHANIE got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D.I.Y. feminist 'zines. After short stints in Ohio and Wisconsin, Stephanie ultimately returned home and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Forest Park, IL. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Jennifer Knight

Hi. I’m Jen. I am twenty-two years old and live in Miami, Florida with my family. I’m a lifelong lover of books, romance and anything even vaguely supernatural. Except zombies. Zombies scare me.
     I started writing in college after trying and failing to find a major. It was all I really knew how to do and since school was going nowhere, I threw myself into it. I wrote my first book in a matter of months and watched it go up in flames.
     Smoldering, but still determined to make this writing thing work, I moved on to something completely different. Werewolves! Love them. Who doesn’t? I wrote the first draft of Blood on the Moon in about two months, during which I locked myself in my room and thought about teeth and moons and kissing.
     I must have done something right, because Running Press bought my book and now you’re here reading this. I guess that means you liked the book. Yay! If I had a cookie, I’d totally give it to you. You deserve it.
     Anyway, now that Blood on the Moon is done, I’m writing the sequel. And also some other stuff that hopefully you’ll see one day. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults. 

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and their dog Mesquite. You can find Mari online at Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Michelle E. Reed

Michelle was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Jackie Morse Kessler

Jackie Morse Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a cranky cat and overflowing shelves filled with dolls and books. Now she’s in Upstate NY with another cranky cat, a loving husband, two sons, and overflowing shelves filled with dragons and books (except when her sons steal her dragons). She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and yet she’s never read any Jane Austen (with or without zombies). She also has a master’s degree in media ecology. (The living study of technology and culture. Which is cool, but she still can’t figure out how to use Tweetdeck.)

Jackie spends a lot of time writing, reading, and getting distracted by bright and shiny new ideas. (She just came up with a new idea right now.) She has a weakness for chocolate and a tendency to let her cat take over her office chair. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Dianne Salerni

DIANNE K. SALERNI is a fifth grade teacher by day and a writer by night. She's the author of YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks) and The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), and a forthcoming MG fantasy series, The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014). 

The Caged Graves is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead was the inspiration for a 10 minute short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In her spare time, Dianne is prone to hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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What's your greatest superstition? If you're not superstitious, why?


  1. Sounds like the perfect book for this month.

  2. Sounds like a great book. And awesome that Dianne and Mari contributed.

  3. Sounds awesome!

    Tweeted, of course!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. Month9 puts out great books. I can say that since my book with them isn't out yet. ;) I'm strictly speaking of their current and past releases.

  5. I don't have many superstitions, but I do feel compelled to "knock on wood" if I say something hasn't happened and I hope it won't.

    1. And doesn't it stink when you can't find any wood to knock on?

  6. There are a lot of legends to draw from. Other than knocking on wood, I'm not superstitious.

  7. Looks like a really fun read! Perfect for this time of year. I'm not terribly superstitious, but I do always think about jinxing myself. Does that count? :)

  8. I agree, Miranda! Thanks for stopping by.

    Natalie - Yes, love both their work.

    Shelly - you are always so sweet to do so!

  9. What a fantastic cause! Love this. I'm spreading the word and buying a copy! I'm slightly superstitious. You'll find me tossing salt over my shoulder, walking around ladders, avoiding sidewalk cracks, the whole nine yards. ;)

  10. What an awesome-sounding read for a great cause! But I honestly think the cover is just darn cute. :D

    1. I agree. But let's not tell the cat. Doo-doo, doo-doo...

  11. I was sitting here thinking, "Wait, I saw this one recently." Well of course I did. Dianne is in it! Yay! Can't wait to read it.

  12. Congrats on the anthology. Beautiful cover and such interesting stories.

  13. The anthology sounds like a great read. While I'm not superstitious (I used to be when I was a lot younger), I still enjoy reading stories about superstitions.

    1. I'm an in-betweener. Guess it depends on my frame of mind at the time. lol

  14. I keep saying to myself....Do not buy any more books until you have read the ones you've already read, but then I see a post and before I know it I'm buying another book. Thanks for the great review...


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