Autumn Nights: 10 Stories to Skitter Up Your Spine by Cass Kim

Autumn Nights: 10 Stories to Skitter Up Your Spine

Autumn Nights: 10 Stories to Skitter Up Your Spine edited by Cass Kim

Published: August 27, 2021

Source: Paperback, 274 pages

Summary: (from Goodreads)

Hot summer days fade, and the chills of autumn begin. Leaves wither and fall, trees lay barren, and darkness descends earlier each evening. While people seek shelter in warm, cozy confines, the hair-raising denizens of the night come out to play.

The hollow winds carry more than the skittering sounds of dead leaves…

Ten creepy tales that will leave you checking your windows and tucking yourself safely under the covers await in this book. Perfect for lingering evenings around the campfire, or golden afternoons with a blanket and warm apple cider, the third installment of the Autumn Nights Charity Anthologies is brimming with creepy crawlies.

Not only are the stories low on gore and safe for readers 16 and up, but your purchase will help your fellow humans. All royalties from this anthology will be donated to RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit that purchases bulk medical debt and pays it off for those most in need.

No family should have to choose between medical care and a home.

*These stories are intended to be safe reading for Young Adults and Adults alike, with no graphic/explicit violence or sexual situations. In this book, The Bitten Rush does have the trigger warning of addiction.

Each book in the series can be read in any order, as there is no relationship between the stories from one book to the next. Want to start with this one and help relieve crushing medical debt? Go for it!

Rating: 3.9/5 stars

Thoughts:

**I received a physical ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

This is my third year reading this anthology, and I am always grateful for the opportunity! I love these anthologies and I love the charity behind them! Scary stories for a good cause? Yes, please!

As always, I’ll list and give a mini review of my thoughts of each individual story.

  • The Skittering by Mallory Kelly

3/5 stars. This was odd. It didn’t feel like a fully formed story. There was little context. I wasn’t a fan, really, which is disappointing because I really liked this author’s story last year.

  • Dreamweaver by Jaecyn Boné

4/5 stars. This was a solid creepy story! I’m deathly afraid of spiders, so this one gave me chill bumps! Very much gives Halloween vibes.

  • Deathbed Confessions Aren’t Beholden to NDAs by Frank L Tybush V

4/5 stars. This was a well written story! I really enjoyed the first person narration. This one was pretty creepy! I wish there had been more at the end. I want to know what came of the lab!

  • New Life by Helen Whistberry

4/5 stars. This was super interesting! I could have read an entire story on it. Spiders are so scary, but somehow, not when they’re in a protective robot form. They reminded me of Iko from The Lunar Chronicles series. I liked this one!

  • The Sublime Desdemona Scarlet by Jacob Klop

5/5 stars. This was my favorite story so far! I really enjoyed the creepy, haunted theater setting. Again, a story that I would read as a full novel! 

  • Prey by Brendon Pohner

3/5 stars. This one had a lot of potential, but it was too wordy for me. The forest creeps me out, especially all the creatures in it. But for me, the spider storyline didn’t fit into this one. 

  • The Nest by Fay Lane

5/5 stars. This one is by far my favorite story! So very dark and creepy. It gave me goosebumps the entire time. I immediately went to follow this author because wow, what was a fantastic story!

  • The Bitten Rush by L.T. Ward

3/5 stars. This was very strange. I’ve said it a ton, but I really hate spiders, so this one just gave me the heebs. I totally understand the concept behind the story, which I thought was really well done. It was just a bit too much for me with the spider.

  • Pandora’s Attic by Jerusha René

4/5 stars. This one was really interesting. Very creepy and eerie feel to it. I liked the sister relationship. The whole story was very ominous and perfect for this book.

  • The Protectors by A. W. Want

4/5 stars. This just reminded me of a dog’s love that we don’t deserve and the ending just made my heart smile. The in between story was okay, not my fave, but the ending pushed it up a rating for me.

Overall, such a great fall anthology! Definitely check these out if you haven’t already!

Thanks so much, Cass, for allowing me to read and review this anthology again this year!

Thanks for reading! (:

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