Friday, March 29, 2013

"Coffin Tales: Season of Death" by Madison Johns

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Coffin Tales: Season of Death 
by Madison Johns

Two twisted tales of terror!

Curiosity gets the better of Travis and Willie, and they can't help but want to know what creepy Old Man Johnson is doing this year. Fifty years ago four children disappeared, rumored, from the Johnson farm. Mr. Johnson always had the scariest Jack-o'-lanterns every year, and they can't help but wonder how he portrays the images so graphically.

Hanover, Illinois, had always been blessed with bountiful crops, but it also attracts hordes of crows. Hell Crow is a legend in this town, but as the equinox approaches - Bobby Sue scrambles to rally the towns people to help build a scarecrow before it's too late!

By Mel

This short book contains two twisty little tales that'll leave you smiling with satisfaction long after you've finished reading them. In the first, two young lads find the inspiration for a neighbor's Halloween pumpkin carvings...and wish they hadn't.... It's a short little thing with a nice bite. The final sentence contains a masterpiece of reverse imagery that wowed me. 

The second, longer story is more atmospheric. Gypsies, crows, a strange clock and a horrible secret combine to tell a tale of crime... and an unearthly punishment. The story builds to a nice, unforeseen conclusion. Actually, conclusion is not the right word, because although the story ended, it made me want know what happened next, kind of like those serials I used to see at the Saturday matinees when I was a kid. I don't know if Madison is planning on continuing the story or if I'll just have to run it out in my own mind, but I think there are grounds for another story here. All in all, two very enjoyable stories from a talented newcomer! Encore! 

About the Author
As a child, Madison Johns preferred to distance herself from other children her age, and had been described as a dreamer. Even as a small child, she remembers staying awake many a night fighting dragons, whisked away to foreign lands, or meeting the man of her dreams. She was a voracious reader of historical romance in her teen years and has always wished to one day journey to England, France, Ireland, and Scotland.
The writing bug bit her at the age of 44 and she pounded out three books since that time. As the publishing climate changed she took a risk and decided to self publish, first a collection of two horror short stories geared for YA, Coffin Tales Season of Death.

Madison's caring nature had led her to work in the healthcare field, where she was employed as a nursing care assistant at a nursing home, and it was there that she was inspired to write her first mystery, Armed and Outrageous, introducing amateur detective Agnes Barton. The book depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh out loud antics to make James Bond blush. Madison has just released the sequel, Grannies, Guns and Ghosts, as well as a romantic comedy, Pretty and Pregnant.