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Midnight Customer delivers. The tale of a waitress getting drawn into a dangerously deadly conflict by a vampire turns out to be interesting and has a good story flow. The simplicity of it works, as it has its own homage to Stephen King novels and horror movies of the eighties of last century. The story is an appetizer by the author, and the download includes a link to her website, where more than just vampire stuff can be downloaded or purchased by subscribers. Interesting, humorous, and simple, but not without some quirks to my personal comfort.
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To me the title story was a failure, and I believed the reviewers (Lisa Carr & GeraniumCat) before me considering it one of the best in the bundle. The old grammar is not to my liking, and I had my overdose of old moors aka swamps, and such. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle indulge some of it, when he wrote the Hound of the Baskervilles.

The protagonist clearly feels entitled and predestined, but makes a number of mistakes, which no local, no ranger, and no wild-walker would consider harmless. The next is the lack of science, when swamp-gas and pranks by criminals are among the truth of supposed supernatural phenomena.

Sorry, the Old Manaan or Old Manaw, to me, is merely another stupor like the Blair Witch had been.
When the joy of a fan does no longer meddle with the mind, then the story is mediocre. By now I noticed similarities to the Demeter's journey in Dracula, and the complete lack of formatting makes the ebook version get another minus, when it comes to readability.

On the strong side Lovecraft gave unusual examples of how to hook readers, how to draw them into a story, be it by a narration or a series of letters. The trick of excluding grisly details, while making the reader have a very clear suspicion about what happened, has always been part of his signature-style.

Among the roleplayers of Call of Cthulhu or Trail of Cthulhu: This story is not all about Miskatonic university (as it has never been anything special to Lovecraft himself), and clearly uses other places & faculties.

Sadly there are notions, which nowadays are defined as racist, so no more blissful ignorance and overlooking.
I merely wanted to legally share:
Which is an audiodrama of exactly this story. But to respect the site:

The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft is a story about a classic good vs evil conflict, and the risks of the `magic or sorcery´, which Lovecraft defined in his Cthulhu myth.

The main conflict begins, when Prof. Henry Armitage of the Miskatonic university witnesses Wilbur Whateley, the country-weirdo, asking for a forbidden book - the Necronomicon. It grows in tension, when Armitage realizes that Wilbur owns his very own copy of one of the translations.

From that start we get into the small town called Dunwich, which had gained notoriety for inbreeding and weird local superstitions, since the army drafted conscripts for the Great War (World War 1).

The final culminates in occult summoning attempts gone awry at the Whateley farm clashing with Prof. Armitage's attempts to investigate, and prevent any dangerous malpractice of occult lore...
My download was the PDF (as manybooks offers format-by-choice, when available).

The Novice Ghost Hunter features Malachi, who is a young adult, poorest in the bunch of youngsters meeting Saturday nights. The crush he has on Anna, the gorgeous rich gal, leads into a surprising situation, as she asks him to investigate a haunted house on her behalf.

The PDF format wasn't flawless, but I know such from transforming my own texts into PDF. It happens that the original format gets jammed, or outright destroyed. Otherwise the author did not make any mistakes spoiling the readability.

The story flow is good, albeit not innovative or thrilling. It is a solid work, with the only notable point being the characters could be a bit more fleshed-out, as here the professionalism of the author streamlines it all, like an unwanted equalizer does on sounds.

The definition of Ghost Hunter is very cliche, but that cliche is served well, and fully understood by the author. Here you need TV trivia and folklore, not occult practice and shamanic counseling. ;-)

The work is the start of a series, and really not a bad one on that. Sadly it had no big bang, as I remember the movie 'Stir of Echoes' going for it. Such may be a matter of taste, so I vote it 4 stars.
NOTE: I tried 2 times: To me this download came, as a zero byte file (ending .epub), but the download was a failure (zero byte = zero content). Same result with PDF chosen. IF it is NOT due to the file being only available in other formats, then the link may be broken or the hosted file may be damaged. Just saying...
Dashiel Hammet delivers. Just as Humphrey Bogard could convince in the adaptation of the Maltese Falcon, or the original novel itself once did. One note i add: Hammet was not afraid of strong female characters. Any side of the law in that.

The ugly detective, seriously reminding me of myself in a way, is solid reading, starts a classic detective-noir style, and offers what I know as layers of deception to readers. From the start we get the kind of info, which we may know from having lived that life on the edge of legal meets illegal.

The characters are men and women of their time, and their mannerisms and personalities may be more timeless than some readers expect it to be.

The final was not exactly thrilling (to me, subjectively), but it was a pure crime fiction detective story. The so-called shades of grey, plenty of presented facades not being exactly true.

Technically: I read the .epub version in my ereader (ReadEra on chromebook, Icecream Reader on notebooks). It is not exactly well-formatted, and the English language has great fluctuation of grammar rules, making some of the older books a bit OFF, as the new rules any kid learns are absent. Being myself a moron on comma placement and grammar I did not care, but this is not the language of elite-university. To me it does not matter, I think this is a solid reading.

Given that I know my comfort zone is occult-detective NOT any #crimefiction I voted a bit higher (4 stars), as I knew I read outside my preferred kinda reading.

The book starts with a cover showing Geralt of Rivia, the notorious Witcher invented by A. Sapkowski, embracing some medieval noblewoman? The tale is well-made, and the author sure knows her 101, but let's face it: In the modern age, when reading on a tablet PC display or smartphone screen 252 pages are a bit much. It is a classic novel, and good in that. Still it disregards what customers nowadays are used to: Quick access to information. For fans of the oldschool way this trilogy got a worthy start nonetheless.