Genre: Horror / Short Stories
Synopsis: In an abandoned house, the ghosts gather. They argue, they laugh, and they tell their stories. Some tell their own stories, some tell stories they have heard elsewhere. Some of them are true, some are not. But each tale draws you closer.
One by one, the storytellers depart, until suddenly it’s just you and the narrator, alone in the dark…
200words (or less) review: With the night’s drawing in it seemed like the perfect time to pick up Thirteen Chairs.
This book is a collection of short ghost stories, each told by a different narrator. The book begins with a young boy finding a room full of ‘people’, each with a candle. Once they finish their tale the candle is extinguished and the shadows swallow that storyteller. As the evening progresses the boy becomes more enraptured by the tales while worrying about that story he should tell, because just like the others he too has a candle.
I loved the concept of this book and each story is different. None of the narrators are alike. As with any collection of short stories, some will speak to readers more than others. There were a couple I enjoyed very much while others I could have done without. None, I’ll found particularly unnerving to be honest.
Personally I’d probably recommend reading this book as bedtime stories, one at a time. Or maybe using this book at an event with different people reading different tales? I think that might be quite effective.