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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Sorcerers, demons, angels, monsters, ghosts, witches, and much more ... Even More Tales Most Strange by Jeremy Hayes is a surreal and peculiar anthology of short stories. Vandegald’s Globes starts the collection, a tale about a sorcerer whose unique glass globes are very popular with his customers. When demands for the globes increase, so does his greed. It clouds his conscience, putting him in a situation that he could never have predicted. The Possessed is about a daughter of a lord who has been possessed by a powerful spirit. It’s a different kind of possession though, and readers will definitely love the twist from Hayes. Then there’s Lake of Evil, where one’s paranoia is unfortunately misplaced.
Even More Tales Most Strange is aptly named. The 23 stories vary but are thematically unified from start to finish. In Desperate Need of Praise slightly stood out for me compared to the rest. It’s about an actor’s last performance and I was pleasantly surprised that another character from a previous story, Detective Edward Kane, made his appearance. Despite the collection's dark theme, there’s also subtle humor that is deftly incorporated into the plots. Hayes’s writing style succinctly delivered each tale with an engaging narrative, vivid scenes, and memorable characters. While I was able to see how one or two plots played out, most are unpredictable. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure that horror and supernatural fans will be delighted with this varied collection.