Thursday, March 10, 2011

Book Review: The Samhanach by Lisa Morton

The Samhanach by Lisa Morton
98 pages
Bad Moon Books
Novella series

I am huge fan of Lisa Morton already, and I becoming a big fan of Bad Moon’s novella series. Morton is a three time Bram Stoker award winning author, her first novel “The Castle of Los Angeles,” made my 2010 top ten list and I have been a fan of Morton’s very solid short stories for years.

She is also the author of two non-fiction books about her favorite Holiday – Halloween. This novella is about Halloween and who better to write it. Spanning 300 years of Halloween and Scottish folklore this is the story of family curse, every one hundred years on Halloween night a monster seeks revenge on McCafferty clan. In 2010 Mother Merran McCafferty looks into the family’s history to see if she can avoid the curse.

Morton brings her amazing depth of Halloween folklore to this complex story. When I say complex it’s amazing just how much story is tightly packed into the page count.

That is something I noticed about the last two Bad Moon novellas I reviewed (Jade by Gene O’Neil and Blood Spring by Erick Williams). All three books I read on flights, and they were perfect plane reads. You can get the whole story in one sitting, perfect length for a short flight. The books are not cheap, but keep this in mind, Bad Moon is an independent press putting out works by authors who fresh, they are worthy of your support.

Another home run for Lisa Morton, fans of Halloween fiction should not pass this one up. Picture a copy and read it on Halloween night!

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