Tales from a Talking Board

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When I think of Ouija boards I think of The Exorcist which is the first horror movie I can remember seeing. Linda Blare crab walking down the stairs scared the crap out of me when I was in first grade. As a horror fan, I have read William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, seen the movie countless times and watched plenty of movies where this little board has been a central character bringing doom, gloom and angry spirits. At one point I was listening to a podcast which mentioned spirit boards which then led me down the rabbit hole of the internet for a couple of hours reading about the history of spirit boards and victorian clairvoyants. Really interesting stuff if you ever have any time to read about them. But I digress…

I’ve not read many anthologies so I did not know what to expect when I sat down to read this little gem of a book.  As with all anthologies there are short stories which surround a central theme, in this case the talking board.

What I liked: I truly enjoyed how different the stories where. The editor Ross Lockhart did a great job gathering stories with different points of view. Each story was very different from the story before it. For me this was a pleasant surprise.

What I didn’t like: I enjoyed the majority of stories. However, there were a few that I did not enjoy for different reasons.

Star Rating: 4

My thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this but I was pleasantly surprised and I am looking forward to reading a couple more anthologies edited by Ross E. Lockhart, specifically Eternal Frankenstein.

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