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{Review} At the Cemetery Gates: Year One by John Brhel & Joseph Sullivan

{Review} At the Cemetery Gates: Year One by John Brhel & Joseph SullivanAt the Cemetery Gates: Year One by John Brhel, Joseph Sullivan
Published by Cemetery Gates Media on 10.27.16
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural
Pages: 117
Format: eARC
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A horror/paranormal short story collection inspired by urban legends, folk tales, and anthology TV shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

Twin brothers enter a funeral parlor as a gag and end up uncovering a sinister operation.

A mysterious illness plagues a small town and a college student seems to be the only one trying to stop it.

A girl's time-lapse photo project reveals an intruder from the cemetery that shares a fence with her backyard.

AT THE CEMETERY GATES: YEAR ONE is for fans of urban legends, manifestations of the macabre, and strange twists of fate.

At The Cemetery Gates: Year One is a collection of 14 short stories. Most of them feature cemeteries-if not actually set there, they’re at least mentioned.

My favorite story of the bunch was An Epistle From the Dead which was a macabre tidbit with a touch of poignancy to it that really brought the story home.

Pictures of a Perpetual Subject was also a poignant tale with a haunting outcome that I won’t soon forget.

The remaining stories were all good, but not outstanding. These are the types of tales to be told around a campfire at night or at a sleepover. In fact, I think they’re perfect for those types of scenarios. Seasoned horror fans used to hard-core scares might come away slightly disappointed, but I believe the average horror reader would find these tales satisfying.


*Horror After Dark was provided a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is it!*

About John Brhel

John Brhel is a writer of fiction from Binghamton, NY. He is the co-author of two books (“Tales From Valleyview Cemetery” and “Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop”), a vampire hunter serial titled “Rita’s Midnight Rides” and numerous short stories.

About Joseph Sullivan

Writer of horror tales (Tales from Valleyview Cemetery; At the Cemetery Gates: Year One), occult fantasy (Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop), explorer of urban legend (upcoming Route 12: The Legend Trip) hiker, songwriter, and co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media. Sullivan’s long-term writing goal is to combine his love of poetry, the American novel, and Upstate New York into one cohesive work of fiction.

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