|An anthology of uncanny short stories to read late at night when you are all alone. Read stories about a very special birthday party, a memorable farmer’s daughter, a collector of unique collectables, the investigation of a Romanian strigoi, an unintended consequence of using voodoo dolls for revenge, an arsonist considering working at a crematorium, and what to do with a man who summons the Beast.
Many reviewers compare the stories favorably to episodes of the TV series: The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Tales of the Unexpected, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and Inside Number 9.
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- Her Mother’s Eyes: A short prose poem
- The Collector: A collector of miniature ceramic buildings makes a unique find at an out-of-the-way antique shop.
- Grandma Buford’s Birthday: Grandma Buford prepares for her 97th birthday party.
- The Farmer’s Daughter: A snowstorm forces a college student to spend the night at an isolated farm house.
- The Haunting of the Ederescu House: A paranormal investigator spends the night at a house where multiple murders and a suicide took place.
- Madam Kaldunya’s Dolls: A young woman learns the cost of using voodoo dolls for revenge.
- Billy the Arsonist: An arsonist breaks into a crematorium.
- The Vow: A poem about what to do with a man who releases the Beast.
Praise for A Cauldron of Uncanny Reviews
“A Cauldron of Uncanny Dreams is a great collection of short stories. I recommend it!” Original review
B’S Thought Pad and Book Space
“These stories… are a window into an alternative state of being. Definitely a collection for those that enjoy the questions of what lies in the dark corners or just beyond the reach of the headlights on a cold, dark night.” Original review
Ye Olde Bookworm
“A Cauldron of Uncanny Dreams by Donald Firesmith is your classic shouldn’t read before bedtime rush. A fun read, and I look forward to reading more of Firesmith’s work in the future.” Original review
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Publisher: Magical Wand Press
Edition: First edition
Publication Date: 6 December 2020
Formats: Paperback and ebook (epub, mobi, and pdf)
Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Data Block
Name: Firesmith, Donald.
Title: A Cauldron of Uncanny Dreams / by Donald Firesmith.
Description: First edition. | Pittsburgh : Magical Wand Press, 2020.
Summary: An anthology of spooky short stories. | Audience: Adult. | Language: English
Identifiers: ISBN: 979-8566545042 ASIN B08PRPX9N4 (Amazon paperback) | ASIN B08P9BTQ9S (Amazon ebook) | 978-1005671334 (Smashwords ebook)
Subjects: BISAC: FICTION / Occult & Supernatural. | Fiction / Horror. | LCSH: American–Fantasy–Fiction. | American–Paranormal–Fiction. | GSAFD: Horror fiction. | Occult fiction. | Fantasy fiction.