Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review/Giveaway: Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy Edited by Karen A. Romanko


Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy features the many faces of science fiction, fantasy, and horror Halloweens: steampunk Halloweens, post-apocalyptic Halloweens, alternate history Halloweens, outer space Halloweens, and noir Halloweens, not to mention new speculative takes on Halloween perennials, such as haunted houses, witches, ghosts, vampires, and, of course, jack-o'-lanterns. Twenty-six authors have contributed short stories, flash fiction, and poetry to the anthology, transporting us to the mysterious realm of the Pumpkin King, introducing the trick-or-treating Norse gods, or describing a lover's visit on a brief reprieve from Purgatory.

Book Details
Title: Jack-O`-Speck
Edited By: Karen A. Romanko
Publisher: Raven Electrick Ink
Expected Release: September 13, 2011
Source: Editor


I always find it difficult to review an anthology due to the fact that there is more than one author and story per book. I was very happy that I received Jack-O`-Speck far enough in advance to really go through it. Jack-O`-Speck is pure Halloween fun.

There is a great range of poetry and short stories in Jack-O`-Speck. One of my favorite creeptastic stories is The Lacquered Box. The Lacquered Box by John F.D. Taff is about a magician who shows everyone a deadly show on Halloween night, but that’s what you get when you make a magician reveal his tricks. I had many more shorts that I liked and there were even a couple in here that I got to read to my children which was a pleasure.

I found Jack-O`-Speck a lot like Trick-or-Treating. It’s something I’m going to want to revisit each year at this time, just to read a story or two, to help me get in the spirit of the season.

Happy Reading,

Awesome! Reread worthy.

Recommended For
Teen and up: Only because some younger may find some stories too spooky.

And now the Giveaway!
Up for grabs: One copy of Jack-O`-Speck.
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Good luck everyone!


  1. Hi , I'm a new follower. This book sounds awesome. Anything spooky and Halloween peaks my interest. I founf your awesmome blog through Victoria Schwab.

  2. Thanks for the review! I've linked to it from Facebook and LiveJournal.

    Happy Halloween!

    Karen A. Romanko

  3. :) Thanks Y'all! Glad to spread some Halloween cheer.

  4. Yay - a giveaway for a book I'd really like. I love anthologies and Halloween - great combo!


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