My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book contains four (longish) short stories. They are all set in Ireland, in what I can perceive as present day (when the book was published in 2002), but are old fashioned ghost/vampire stories. In the introduction the author claims that stories of vampires originated in Ireland.
The first story is about a man on a walking holiday who trespasses onto private land and gets a “cut” on his hand from a stone wall in a derelict cottage. The second is about a woman who returns to a childhood home and enters a wood which everyone avoids because three little girls vanished there 30-odd years previously. The third story is about a severed hand which belonged to a woman who was supposedly a witch and has ended up in the possession of a man obsessed with the occult, and the final story is the reminiscing of a man recalling a childhood incident of an old woman in a big country house.
I wouldn’t say these stories were scary or “chilling” but they weren’t bad and I enjoyed the short length of them rather than getting into a full length novel for a change.
I now have to diverge from my A-Z challenge for one book as I have a pre-publication copy of a book which I have promised to read and review for the author.