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Review on The 13: Tales of Illusory by Stephanie Ayers

Updated on November 2, 2018
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Lisa Jane loves to write and read. She uses her love for writing and reading by writing book reviews on the books she reads.

If you love books like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe then you need to read Stephanie Ayers 170-page The 13: Tales of Illusory. This book is under the genre of speculative fiction, fantasy, and horror. This grip-telling book is the first in the 13 Series collection. This book was published on October 4, 2017, by Catterfly Publishing, an imprint of OWS Ink, 1st edition.

This chill-telling, goosebumps book is a collection of 13 short horror stories with a poem in the beginning. Each story is different with not a single one the same. I got goosebumps reading this book. There were a couple of them that I had to go back to figure out what happened. These stories are short but pack a punch. I love that this book caught and held my attention throughout the whole thing. Each short horror story has its own theme and a different monster. This collection of stories can be read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I had to read the book until the end.

I can't wait to read the next book in this collection. It was that memorable. Stephanie has a way of writing that makes the reader feel like they are in the book. There were some stories that I liked better like Strike a Pose, which I loved. This story tells the view of the victim in a unique way. It alternates between the killer and the victims.

The one with the puppet maker didn't turn out as I thought but I loved it anyway. I like that Ayers writes the stories so you the ending isn't' what you think it will be. Wade, Haunted is one of the ones that didn't catch my eye that much.

These stories don't all have blood or gore in them. In these stories, you will read about vampires, gods, fairies, pixies, and ghosts. Some are longer than others whereas some are short. I think that each of the stories could be written as a longer story on its own. You really need to read the book and find out for your self what happens.

There was nothing that I didn't like about this book. There were no grammar mistakes that I could see.

The Author

Stephanie Ayers was born in Vienna Washington. She was influenced by writers like Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, and James Patterson. Which is why she writes in the same genre. She lives in Ohio with her children and husband. She also designs book covers, promotional graphics, logos, and more.


I would recommend this book for readers who love to read books on horror, short stories, fantasy, and speculative fiction. I am definitely glad that I read this book and hope to read more books written by this author. If you don't like horror stories then this is not the book for you.

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