A Cauldron of Uncanny Dreams

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Book Cover of A Cauldron of Uncanny DreamsAn 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.


90-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
Fiction > Fantasy > Dark Fantasy
Fiction > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Fiction > Horror
Fiction > Horror > Ghost
Fiction > Horror > Occult

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  1. Her Mother’s Eyes: A short prose poem
  2. The Collector: A collector of miniature ceramic buildings makes a unique find at an out-of-the-way antique shop.
  3. Grandma Buford’s Birthday: Grandma Buford prepares for her 97th birthday party.
  4. The Farmer’s Daughter: A snowstorm forces a college student to spend the night at an isolated farm house.
  5. The Haunting of the Ederescu House: A paranormal investigator spends the night at a house where multiple murders and a suicide took place.
  6. Madam Kaldunya’s Dolls: A young woman learns the cost of using voodoo dolls for revenge.
  7. Billy the Arsonist: An arsonist breaks into a crematorium.
  8. The Vow: A poem about what to do with a man who releases the Beast.


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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


Review Results
Read all 38 reviews. (4.6 Stars)

Publishing Information

Publisher: Magical Wand Press
Edition: First edition
Publication Date: 6 December 2020
Pages: 91
Words: 18,755
Size: 5×8
Language: English
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.

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