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Review: The Gathering Dark edited by Tori Bovalino

As you resident scaredy cat, I was a bit nervous about The Gathering Dark – but I made it out alive! This folk horror and folktale anthology is thrilling inside and out. There’s plenty of fear, but also hope – where you can find it. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Urban legends and folktales are given new life in this collection of 13 spine-tingling stories from a stellar line-up of critically acclaimed authors.

A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten.

Hauntings, and a variety of horrifying secrets, lurk in the places we once called home. Written by New York Times bestselling, and other critically acclaimed, authors these stories shed a harsh light on the scariest tales we grew up with.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I’ve been excited for this anthology ever since it was announced. I’m a huge fan of Tori Bovalino and so I was so excited. Plus this contributor list is truly full of my favorites. I love how anthologies provide you opportunities to read your favorites and discover new ones. While this one is like 99%favorites already, I did love the spark of discovery. The Gathering Dark is full of haunted spaces, shadowy corners, and suspense.

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These stories examine the themes of needing to move on versus to see what’s around us – to fight for our future. Not everyone is going to make it out alive. The Gathering Dark is full of ghost stories, haunted stories, and cautionary tales. Because there’s sometimes something scarier waiting for you in the dark. Overall, if you love the authors or like folk tale horror – you have to pick this one up! Find The Gathering Dark on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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