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Review of ‘Green Grow the Rashes’

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Transplanted Scot, William Meikle—now residing in Canada—is, in my view, the 21st century version of Edgar Allan Poe. No, he’s not a drug addict, at least not as far as I know, but the stories he churns out would make a drug addict quit cold turkey. Even when he writes humor, his stuff is downright scary. The collection of short stories in Green Grow the Rashes is no exception. From a down-at-the-heels singer who sees a green ghost, to the ‘thing’ hiding in the banana boat, Meikle conjures up some of the weirdest, scariest, and absolutely entertaining scenarios. If you like your short fiction with an edge, check this one out. I give this collection four stars.

Review of ‘Bunny Sneaks’

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I don’t normally think of horror and humor in the same sentence, but after reading Bunny Sneaks by William Meikle, I’ve changed my mind. This is a story that will tickle your funny bone at the same time it chills your blood. When Kate’s boyfriend buys her a stuffed bunny rabbit just after watching a movie about a killer rabbit, little does she know she’ll soon be running for her life—from a horrifying little bunny that just wants to take a large bite out of her neck.

This story is classic Meikle. You don’t want to miss it. It’s an easy five stars!

Review of ‘When the Stars are Right’

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The military is agog over a new form of energy, and plan to use it for space ship propulsion. But, why do they need an exorcist aboard the ship as it prepares for its maiden voyage?

Read William Meikle’s short story, When the Stars are Right, and find out. A chilling story of adventure and paranormal phenomena that involves religion, politics, power plays, and ritual magic that sneaks up on you before you know what hit you.

Meikle’s story has only one flaw in my opinion—it ended too soon. I was just getting into it when his ending, though excellently crafted, came at me out of the blue. I give Meikles five stars for this super story.

Review of ‘The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet’

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Derek Adams, a seedy Glasgow PI, has lots of time on his hands. So, when a beautiful woman asks him to find a missing piece of jewelry, an amulet, he figures what the heck, and takes the case.

Pretty quickly, Adams finds himself neck-deep in the world of illegal antiques, and the bodies start piling up around him. As if that’s not enough, things that are hard for a mere mortal to comprehend begin to happen.

I received a free copy of William Meikle’s The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet in exchange for my unbiased review.

A well-crafted mystery, with grit and humor a la Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane. Meikle does a good job creating a protagonist who is inherently flawed, but who wants in the end to do the right thing—or at least, do things right. Derek Adams is no Spenser, but he’ll hold his own.

I give it four stars.