The Necromancer Candle: And Two Additional Tales of Contemporary Fantasy
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Expected publication: September 15th 2014 by EDGE 0
ISBN:1770530665 (ISBN13: 9781770530669)
Publisher: Hades Publications (EDGE Publishing)
A collection of three new novellas by Canadian Speculative Fiction author Randy McCharles.
The collection includes:
- The Necromancer Candle
- Full House
- Merlin’s Silver
The Necromancer Candle
Cassidy’s family has a secret. An ancient, ugly candle passed down through the generations until it is has been all but forgotten. But now someone is looking for it, or so Cassidy thinks. A victim of terminal brain cancer, Cassidy no longer trusts what she sees. But real or imagined, the upheaval of her life is moving quickly toward an end where Cassidy’s greatest wish is to die on her own terms. But is that long enough to solve the mystery of the necromancer candle?
When Jonas loses his job on the same day a neighbor is murdered, he finds his days at home more challenging yet rewarding than he ever imagined. Against a backdrop of healing family relationships and expounding upon life with his poker buddies, Jonas finds himself pressured to solve the murder. But the more he learns, the more Jonas sees that this is no simple murder, but a mystery that has spanned centuries.
Joan gets more than she bargained for when she buys an expensive tea service at auction to shake up a lackluster marriage. It seems the tea service is sought by black magicians who will stop at nothing to get it, with only a peculiar little man named Odds Bodkins standing in their way. But who can Joan trust? The mysterious voice on the phone offering to buy the tea service? Her best friend Sally who offers to take it off her hands? Or Odds Bodkins, whose designs grow more unfathomable by the hour?
~ Review by Angela ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
This collection of short stories were paired together very well. They all offered intrigue, suspense, fantasy, and the unknown in vast amounts. Each of the stories were well written and gave you that exceptionally eerie sense of creepiness when reading them. They definitely kept you clinging to the pages and hanging on every word. I especially liked the sense of not knowing who the “bad” guys were in the stories “Full House” and “Merlin’s Silver.” You aren’t sure what is happening or who to believe. I think my favorite story, although I really liked them all, was “Full House.” I loved the odd sister-in-law and the creepy neighbors. I definitely didn’t guess how that was going to turn out before it was concluded. Randy McCharles was able to put some little twist in each of the stories the stories that I hadn’t expected. I give this compilation 5 books.
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~ About the Author ~
Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta’s writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada’s most prestigious award for speculative fiction), for works including the novella Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta which appeared in Tesseracts 12 (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and was also reprinted in Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (David Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Additional short stories and novellas are available in various publications from Edge Press, Anansi Press, and Reality Skimming Press, including the 2014 Aurora Award shortlisted titles: The Puzzle Box and Urban Green Man. Randy’s first full length novel, Capone’s Chicago, will be available in May 2014.