Good afternoon from a rare, sunny England. I hope you’re having a good week so far.
Today, I’m reviewing A Grave Mistake, a collection of short horror stories by author and
horror enthusiast, Charlotte Munro.
Examples of recurring topics I identified were:
- Curiosity getting the better of people
- Terrible / ‘Grave’ Mistakes
- Dark Magic
- Wishes that get out of hand
My Favourite Stories
Serendipity (the longest story) was my ultimate favourite. Munro definitely saved the best for last. If you love sleepy towns with dark magical secrets, past romances, and mysterious deaths, then you may love this story in particular.
Picture Perfect was another favourite. A young photographer gets more than they bargained for when exploring an abandoned building.
The Red Eyes was a story that caught my attention with its use of nightmarish art to explore the line between reality and the unknown.
This isn’t the first book of Charlotte Munro’s that I’ve read.
The Slaughterman was another favourite of mine.
Munro’s style included poetic prose full of vivid and at times grotesque imagery.
An atmosphere of dread coiled around me, as if I was put in the main character’s place in each story.
Munro’s worldbuilding (especially in Serendipity) blended realistic settings and characters that
run together like clockwork. I got chills with so many dark secrets being revealed as the stories progressed, and had to keep reading until I’d reached the end of the collection.
‘This madness would continue: it would continue forever. All the bad choices everyone seemed
to make: it just added to the skeletons in their closets. It was just another Grave Mistake.’
This quote really made me reflect on all the mistakes I’ve made in my life and so far, there have been a lot. In this chaotic time, I believe that thinking about our actions and trying to grow as people is crucial to creating a positive future.
My Rating (for A Grave Mistake): 5 stars.
I would recommend this collection to lovers of horror and the supernatural.