A Collection Of Short Stories
Created By Michael H. Hanson
Edited By Edward F. McKeown
Review by Dan L. Hollifield
Type of music/work:
Horror/Supernatural Shared Universe Short Stories
Michael H. Hanson
Edward F. McKeown
Michael D. Griffiths
Jamie K. Schmidt
Larry Atchley Jr.
The Page of the book
at the Sha'Daa Website
Published by Moondream
List - $24.95
Amazon - $14:36
Cover design by Helen Harrison / Cover Illo by Paul Hakimata
General impressions of the album/book:
This third book in the Sha'Daa series is a really fun read! Each
writer brings a different take on the central theme of the series. Each
story is well written and the collection builds up into a fantastic
addition to the shared universe. Though the styles differ, that's a
good thing since it allows the writers to really stretch their minds
while playing to their own individual strengths.
The stories are arranged so that somewhat lighter tales fall between
those heavy on the Horror. There is a framing device to fit in between
each story as well, which ties everything together wonderfully. The
stories seem to just flow along seamlessly, in spite of the fact that
each is a special slice of the shared universe. The writing is all top
notch. Each writer understands the backstory of the shared universe.
Each story builds the mood so well that sometimes it is difficult to
believe it is the work of many different writers. When reading as a
reviewer, it is evident that the series creater and the series editor
must work closely with the individual writers. But when reading as a
member of the general public, the book just flows along with nothing to
cause a disconnect from reading. It's difficult to analyze, because the
book is so entertaining, in other words. I found myself giving the
volume multiple reads so that I could get back into my Reviewer mode,
rather than my Reader mode.
As I said, this series reaches out and grabs the reader. Part of
that is the premise that the ultimate evil is returning after having
been temporarily banished. Part of that is the skill of each writer.
And part is the skills of the series creator and editor. If Horror is
one of the genres that you enjoy reading, then you need to gift
yourself with not only this book, but the others in the series as well.
You can thank me for the recommendation once you've recovered from the
delightful fear this series will bring you. Thrills, chills, shivers
down your spine, and a certainty that there's something wicked hiding
just beyond the corner of your view. This is an absolutely wonderful
collection of Horror stories. The fact that they are all part of the
same shared universe is a special treasure. Because when you turn the
last page, you will want to read more! You will be thankful that there
is indeed more for you to seek out for your very own.
The first print run of "Sha'Daa Pawns" has sold out, but the second
print run was due to come out in June of 2014. So you're in luck on
that count. Read and be amazed, be delighted, and fear the Sha'Daa as
they begin their return to our world!
The son of a U.S. Army Sergeant and a Nurse, Michael H. Hanson is
the fourth of five children and was born in New York State’s
Northcountry (a land so frigid and forbidding that at least once a year
it is quoted on Winter news broadcasts as “the coldest spot in the
After a short stint in the U.S. Air Force, Michael attended Syracuse
University, where alongside his filmmaking activities he found a few
spare moments to study creative writing and poetry. He graduated from
the Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Film
Production in 1989.
A transplanted New Yorker, Michael recently acquired
dual-citizenship with his name being entered into Ireland's Foreign
Births Entry Book. A haunted Sagittarian, he presently resides in New
Jersey where he edits engineering society journals for a living, and
occasionally dabbles in genealogy research and collecting impressionist
and plein air oil paintings.
Michael spends his free time spinning both tales of the fantastic,
and introspective poetry, in his small but cozy garden apartment.
Review Copyright 2014 by Dan L. Hollifield
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