Author: Jeanne Grunert
Publication Date: June 2014
Book Description (from Goodreads):
An Ancient Gift and Other Stories is a collection of three “light” horror stories. These tales of the paranormal are akin to old-fashioned campfire stories – stories that offer a sense of the uncanny without the gore.
“The Glove” offers the chilling tale of a woman recounting how her grandfather’s prejudices – and gift for sorcery – terrorized a neighborhood boy. Is her son at risk, too? “Friday Night Visitor” features the old trope of a deal with the devil. But unlike fiddle contests of old, Rita, our heroine, must guess a riddle to unveil the identity of the visitor and save the guy she loves.
“An Ancient Gift”, the title tale, offers glimpse at a reluctant psychic. Anna and her sister Amy are charged with clearing out her grandmother’s house for the real estate agents when they uncover an unusually wrapped package in her father’s childhood closet, a deck of antique tarot cards. Did their father have the ancient gift of divination, and does one of the sisters have it, too?
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
This book contains 3 short stories that are creepy. I like the cover choice because it kind of gives me the willies.
All of the stories are well written and kept my interest although this is a very quick read. The title story, “An Ancient Gift,” is spooky and has a good ending. “The Glove” was about typical kids in a creepy situation and the ending was scary. My favorite was “Friday Night Visitor” which was a tension filled story but I liked the ending.
I definitely recommend An Ancient Gift and Other Stories. It’s a quick read but all of the stories keep your interest.
About the Author
Jeanne Grunert is an award-winning author, blogger, content marketing, entrepreneur, teacher, gardener, cat rescuer, and Cadbury chocolate aficionado. She’s the president of Seven Oaks Consulting, a marketing writing and writing services firm in Virginia, and of EquinArt Creations, a model horse hobby company.