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The dead beckon and the girl obeys. Night after night, she answers the graveyard's call, though she dreads her encounters with the creature that dwells there.

But she'll soon come to learn that memories are much more dangerous than monsters....

©2015 Laura Hughes (P)2017 Laura Hughes

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Beautifully written and voiced creepy novella

Would you consider the audio edition of Danse Macabre to be better than the print version?

I'm really glad I listened to this as an audiobook – Nigel Peever's rich voice and strong performance really brought the characters to life. I could have probably done without the musical interludes, since I'm not a fan of music in audiobooks, but they were very short and not so intrusive, so on the whole I didn't really mind. It reminded me a little of being told a creepy story late at night by the light of a camp fire… would be a perfect read for Halloween!

What other book might you compare Danse Macabre to, and why?

I don’t often read novellas or horror stories, so I was branching into new territory with this, but I’m glad I did. This story was beautifully written and wonderfully creepy, with enough mystery and darkness to keep me intrigued and drawn through to the end.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Peever – was your favourite?

I loved the discussions between the gossiping children at the start, these were so well performed, and he gave them such authentic accents that they felt very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was quite a short book, so it would be easy to listen to in one sitting if you wanted to – I had to listen in several to fit around my schedule, but that was fine too!

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  • 15-11-2017

A Fantastic Gothic Horror

This is a very good creepy story and it got itself a really, really good creepy audiobook version.

This story follows a ten year old girl named Blue, who is given a mission by a creature who claims to be an angel to save her mother and sister’s souls. She has to kill ten sinners. Our chapters count down from ten to one as the story progresses.

This story has some fantastic prose, and the world it describes so well is a gloomy one. This story isn’t scary, exactly, though it is quite dark. The character we know as Him is quite disturbing at times. Again, creepy. You’re starting to see here why I’ve never written a review of this little novelette despite liking it quite a lot when I read it the first time. I have a hard time putting words to my thoughts about it. I’m trying to do more than ‘it’s creepy and amazing so you should give it a listen’ but it is those things.

Now, this is a fantastic audiobook, and it's quick. It's only about 2 hours long. I recommend it in audio for a couple of reasons. First of all, the narrator, Nigel Peever does no less than perform the hell out of this story. There is so much emotion where there should be, the voice he gives to Him is just perfect, and his performance brought the prose to life in my head. Best of all, there are special effects and bits of music peppered in here that add a whole extra level of awesome. It made something already great even more great. I think that of a lot of audiobooks, but this one might be my new prime example.