Her Mourning Portrait and other Paranormal Oddities by John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan
Published: February 2018
Her Mourning Portrait and Other Paranormal Oddities by John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan is an anthology of short stories encompassing romance from a different angle.
First, I’d like to thank both the authors, and Cemetery Gates Media for providing with an advanced reading copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
A brief synopsis of each of the stories follows:
• Her Mourning Portrait tells the tale of a dying woman who has a second chance when her husband paints her portrait.
• Side by Side explores the quandary of a second marriage burial plot. This was good (NOT that I want to be buried beside my first husband).
• Lady of Cayuga Lake has a couple on the last legs of their marriage, finally encountering something that they can both agree on. Loved this one!
• The Lost Cache centers on a husband’s love of geo-caching. Unfortunately, his wife does not share his hobby. Really good!
• The House on Pearl Ave shows the owner a vision of a red-haired woman, who he is compelled to discover more about.
• With These Rings, I Thee Dread is the story of a young couple who give each other promise rings, but the jealousy of the young man and his glowing ring has dire consequences. Really liked this one!
• Mr. Green’s Passional takes a man’s passion for interbreeding rare plants to a new level. Good!
• Her, He, and a Corpse Makes Three tells the tale of a young couple who work in a funeral home, and when her ex-boyfriend ends up on the table, it seems romance may not be dead after all. Liked this one!
• Play It Again, Sam makes you wonder if new technology that could send you back in time to change your actions could actually change your future. Sam finds out it isn’t quite so cut and dried.
• Beyond a Blood Moon follows a young man who tries to locate his young girlfriend who went jogging in the middle of the night, only to be accused of her murder.
In addition to the above short stories, we are treated to two excerpts from two other books published by the Brhel and Sullivan team.
As always, these authors write interesting stories with a twist. This was a fun, fast and entertaining read! Although I am not a romance reader, these stories were more in the dark fantasy/paranormal and “out-there” fields, which I enjoyed immensely.
Overall, just a great bunch of short stories.
Read: February 2018
About The Authors:
Long-time friends and horror writers, John Brhel and Joseph Sullivan co-wrote this book, as well as others. They founded their own publishing house, Cemetery Gates Media, in Binghamton New York.