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{Guest Review by Mario Guslandi} The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories

by Martin Munro (Editor)
on October 6, 2015
Genres: Horror
Pages: 228
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"This book brings together some of the region's leading contemporary authors, from the anglophone, francophone and hispanophone Caribbean, as well as the United States and Canada, and constitutes a unique, transcultural anthology in which living authors evoke the dead, the undead and the dying, the ghosts that haunt their experiences and their works as modern writers of the Caribbean"--

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“Ghosts, monsters and supernatural creatures are not features belonging only to such places as the United Kingdom or North America, but lurk in every corner of the world. Thus, welcome to a new short story anthology exploring the dark side of Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and the Caribbean in general.

Editor Martin Munro has assembled fifteen tales – mostly original- penned by a group of the region’s most respected authors, addressing the topic of supernatural in one of the most haunted places of the Earth.

The book provides very enjoyable material for the dark fiction lover, adding that unique, exotic taste that the Caribbean geography can offer.
Among the included stories, most of which are of good quality, here’s my personal list of favorites.

“The Obeahman, Obeahed” by Maryse Condé, is a very dark fairy tale blending witchcraft and passion into a bitter, enticing tableau.
Patricia Powell contributes “Travelling”, a beautiful, dream-like piece of fascinating fiction featuring a young woman and her family ties.

The vivid, excellent “The Voyage of the Centipede” by Gisèle Pineau depicts, with a gentle but firm touch, a situation of mental illness and family hell.

“”Blue Crabs”” by Alake Pilgrim is an offbeat, surrealistic tale of dark fantasy, while “”Flavius and Wasa”” by Earl Lovelace is actually a splendid mainstream piece portraying a series of events taking place in the small world of a Recreation Club.

The highlight of the book to me is Lawrence Scott’s outstanding “The Wedding Photograph”, a sort of psychological noir, disclosing the secrets hidden in the memory of an old lady, linked to a sepia wedding picture from a distant past”


Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.

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