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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon: Six Trick-or-Treat Thrillers is a short story collection written by Roma Gray. The author is a fan of the supernatural and has always enjoyed the macabre and the mystery of monsters and hauntings. As she explains in her introduction, she still experiences and enjoys the magic and spookiness that is Halloween, and she's glad she does. Feast on Fat Tuesday shows the Mardi Gras celebrations through the eyes of a vampire. And Then Everything Changed is all about Atlantis and the greatest discovery ever made by man. Each story is a separate entity, but all share the common theme of the supernatural and things that go bump in the night. The second part of the text is a collection of interviews with the characters in the short stories.
Roma Gray sets the stage magnificently for her short story collection of horror tales, Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon: Six Trick-or-Treat Thrillers. Her stories crackle with tension and atmosphere, and sometimes you can even hear a ghoulish chuckling if you listen carefully. I particularly liked her vampire in the first story. Gray's writing is smooth and polished, and the reader quickly gets involved with the characters in her stories. Each story stands alone and is complete in itself; however, the author, in a sense, continues each of her short stories in the concluding interview section. While I enjoyed the short stories, I found the interviews, and the directions to go to the interviews found at the conclusion of each story, to be a distraction that somehow lessened my enjoyment of the stories themselves. That being said, I'm recommending the short stories in Ms. Gray's, Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon: Six Trick-or-Treat Thrillers. They're fun and suitably spooky for a dark evening's delight.