Book review - Twisted Tales by Deborah Stansil

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

I really enjoy short stories. I find them quite satisfying to read. Plus, I really admire them as a form of writing - I think it shows great talent and discipline to write a good, intriguing story in just a few words.

So when blogger and writer Deborah A Stansil wrote a blog post asking if people would like to review her new collection of short stories, I was excited to sign up.

The collection is called Twisted Tales, which really sums it up quite well - twenty-seven short stories that are dark, creepy, or, well, twisted. They cover some really interesting ideas - from a desperate mother making a deal with the devil, to a devious husband-stealer who will stop at nothing to make him hers.

Some of these stories are flash fiction, so they are very short. I don't read a lot of flash fiction, so I found it interesting to see - how much impact a writer can fit into such few words. However I did prefer the longer stories - like 'Gaze' - because I was so enthralled by the story and characters that I wanted it to keep going. I really like the occasional creepy story - for that old-fashioned chill-up-your-spine kind of feeling - and I had that a few times whilst reading these.

Twisted Tales is currently free on the Kindle - I really recommend downloading it if you are into horror, for the interesting, creepy ideas contained within it. The stories are short but well-told. Stansil is releasing her first novel soon, The Joker, and there is a preview of it at the end of Twisted Tales. I think I'll be reading it when it comes out!

You can find the author's blog here, and on Twitter @randommusings29. You can download Twisted Tales on Amazon here!


  1. Thank you so much, I'm really glad you enjoyed the book :)

  2. I have a great deal of respect for writers of flash fiction and short stories! So creative.

    Enjoyed your review Megan. Thanks for sharing. x


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