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Lethal Lore by Monica Shaughnessy

Short and Sweet

Genre: Horror, Folklore, Short Story
Publisher: Jumping Jackalope Press
Date of Release: October 27, 2015
Pages: 89 pages
Format: ePub
Links: Good ReadsAmazon




Lethal Lore contains the broken remnants of folk tales, recast in blood. Four harmless legends–the jackalope, the doppelgänger, the lucky penny, the Green Children of Woolpit–become the stuff of nightmares in this collection. From campy horror to eerie gothic to nail-biting contemporary, each short story delivers a chill of a different kind. For fans of Twilight Zone and light horror (this isn’t slasher gore).

“Simple Math”
A mathematician on the brink of suicide meets his doppelgänger, doubling his troubles.

“Killer Jack”
A naïve Cajun bags more than he bargained for during a jackalope hunt.

“Hell Cent”
Good luck for one person is bad luck for another, as The Professor soon learns.

“The Bells of Bury St. Edmunds”
A servant girl exacts revenge after her brother’s death, unleashing terror on her medieval town.



I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Oh my goodness! This was such a trip down memory lane for me. The stories reminded me of a mish mash of Tales from the Crypt, Stephen King’s Creepshow and the Twilight Zone.

I have reviewed each story separately in order to touch on how each book read to me. Plus each should have it’s own spotlight.

Simple Math is about a mathematician who got into the world of gambling and in order to save his family, is willing to sacrifice himself. When a freak accident places him and his doppelgänger in the same vicinity of each other. Eventually you get to the twist in the story and I admit, I had to laugh a little. It was a bit obvious but the author explained it perfectly. It was very Twilight Zone-esque.

I know very little about jackalopes other than they look super cool. But in Killer Jack, I have learned that jackalopes like good whiskey and can murder men. Out of all the stories, this was my least favourite. Murderous bunny like creatures with a craving for hard liquor are on a scale of meh for me.

In Hell Cent, this was a tougher story. It was more of a psychological thriller for me. The other tales were more fantasy driven. This story focused more on this gender-less Professor who has become an outcast to society and their psyche unravels as they continue to pull murderous acts on people. I did enjoy this Professor underestimate their opponent/victim. Everyone makes a mistake sooner or later.

I had no idea of the tale about the Green Children of Woolpit. Quite the interesting mystery there. This tale was about the children surviving on Earth. The sister had begun to adapt to the foods while her brother refused to eat and thus died at the hands of a cruel monk. She begins to exact revenge on the monk in The Bells of Bury St. Edmunds. There is murder, rejected love affections and a girl determined to fit in despite her differences.

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy unique tales. Each tale was also backed with history and facts, which made the novel really unique, in my opinion.


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Monica Shaughnessy has a flair for creating characters and plots larger than her home state of Texas. Most notably, she’s the author of the Cattarina Mysteries, a cozy mystery series starring Edgar Allan Poe’s real-life cat companion. Ms. Shaughnessy has nine books in print, including two young adult suspense novels, a middle grade superhero novel, an Easter picture book, two cozy mystery novellas, and numerous short stories. Customers have praised her work time and again, calling it “unique and creative,” “fresh and original,” and “very well written.” If you’re looking for something outside the mainstream, you’ll find it in her prose. When she’s not slaying adverbs and tightening plots, she’s walking her rescue dogs, goofing around with her family, or going back to the grocery store for the hundredth time because she forgot milk.


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