THE MISTLETOE BRIDE AND OTHER HAUNTING TALES BY KATE MOSSE
ORION BOOK (PAPERBACK), 2013
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The perfect winter ghost short story collection from the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH and THE WINTER GHOSTS.
A wonderfully atmospheric collection of stories from one of our most captivating writers, inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny – all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc.
‘I hear someone coming.
It has happened before. I pause and listen but no longer hear anything. I sigh. As always, hope is snatched away before it can take root. And so then, as always, I am carried back to that first December so very long ago…’
I hear someone coming.
Has someone caught the echo of my footsteps on these floorboards? It is possible. It has happened before. I pause and listen, but no longer hear anything. I sigh. As always, hope is snatched away before it can take root.
THE MISTLETOE BRIDE
This was my first time reading The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales. I’ve read one other Kate Mosse novel, Labyrinth. I bought this novel recently on a ‘3 for £10’ paperback deal at www.Amazon.co.uk. I like short stories and I like ghost stories so the collection sounded right up my street.
I thought The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales was a great collection of stories. Every story was strong and I enjoyed all of them. I found a few of the stories really stood out as something a bit special. The title story, The Mistletoe Bride was very sad and I loved the fact it was narrated by a ghost. I thought The Drowned Village was very creepy and unsettling. The Ship of the Dead, The Revenant and The Princess Alice were all remarkable stories. The Yellow Scarf is based on the same legend as The Mistletoe Bride and I loved how different the stories are. The other stories were very good.
I loved the fact Kate Mosse includes an author’s note after each story that explains how the story came about, the sources of inspiration and if the story was published elsewhere. As a writer myself, I love to know how other writers work.