This collaborative collection of short stories delivers on all cylinders. I knew what to expect from Joe Lansdale, but I didn’t know what to expect from his daughter. Kasey Lansdale’s voice and prose are on point. The collaborative stories blend well. Kasey’s future is bright in the horror genre, and hopefully, this collection is just the tip of the literary iceberg for her. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for readers.
Joe and Casey Lansdale, the father-daughter duo, creates a dark supernatural world that is both captivating and creepy. Each of Dana’s cases or investigations of the supernatural are hair-raising and spine-tingling. There isn’t a bad story in the collection. Each story brings something different to the table. The clever titles peaked my interest and made me want to dive right into the stories.
The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler is about a shipwreck and a haunted lighthouse. I love a good horror story that features a lighthouse.
The Case of the Stalking Shadow is about a creepy tree that is used as a portal to another realm or dimension. I don’t think I want to go into the woods again.
The Case of the Four Acre Haunt is about a haunted house. This one thoroughly creeped me out.
The Case of the Angry Traveler is about an ancient city underneath the sewers of a big city like New York. I didn’t see this one coming. One of my favorites.
Blind Love is about a speed dating event that goes horribly wrong. This one is really freaky.
The Case of the Bleeding Wall is about lost love and trying to get it back. I had to read this one with the light on.
The Case of the Ragman’s Anguish is about death and small-town horror. This story felt like an episode of Supernatural.
The stories start out in the third person, then they transition to the first person for the final two stories. The two stories that Joe and Kasey Lansdale wrote were about Dana and Jana. They are very much like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Dana is a professional investigator of the supernormal. She has sidekicks or helpers, but she hires Jana for the last two cases.
Dana is a skeptic of the supernatural. She says her cases are considered supernormal not supernatural–meaning they just can’t be explained yet. Dana shares her stories at men’s secret society/club meetings. She tells her stories, then leaves without answering their many questions.
As the collection progresses, the reader gets to know more about the mysterious Dana. Jana shares a great deal about her time with Dana, too. Dana brings the science and logic, while Jana brings the spice and entertainment. I’m not saying Dana is boring. I’m just saying Jana brings out something in Dana that you otherwise wouldn’t see.
I look forward to more adventures and paranormal investigations with Dana and Jana. I think they make a great team. Overall, this collection is great!
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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