“Spellbound: A Horror Anthology” is the fourth book in the horror anthology series – compiled by award winning author, Dan Alatorre, and featuring talents such as Robbie Cheadle, Geoff Le Pard, Dabney Farmer, and many more.
Like the previous anthologies, this short story collection is all about chills and thrills, with its horror stories playing upon the psyche and churning the stomach. There’s a little something for everyone in this collection – though it helps if you’re a horror fan – and bite-sized fiction is often the easiest to read when you’re pressed for time (as we all are these days). Though…you might want to steer clear of reading these chillers just before bed!
The stand-out stories for me in “Spellbound” are Robbie Cheadle’s “Death is About Choices” (a look at an Incan sacrificial ritual), Dabney Farmer’s “Bloody Feathers” (a tale of comeppuance, rage, and chicken feathers), and Betty Valentine’s “King of the Underworld” (a glimpse into a ghost’s dreary afterlife).
On the strength of “Spellbound” and the previous title, “Nightmareland”, I now call myself a devoted fan of the ‘Box Under the Bed’ series, and futher, can highly recommend this series to those who enjoy goosebumps, frights, and entertaining stories. Keep your eyes open for the next installment: Wings and Fire!