Written by Paula Limbaugh
Frozen Shadows and other Chilling Stories is a fantastic collection of stories. The book opens with the novella, Frozen Shadows and then follows with 8 short stories ending with another novella, At The Lazy K all of which does as the title implies… chills you!
Frozen Shadows is a bit of a coming of age story with tie-ins to Celtic folklore. Young Sean finds himself living in Sutter Creek with his grandparents after the death of his widowed mother. It’s here where Sean first meets Bell (Isabelle) and best friend Bob.
All’s fine until Mr. Black moves into town. He’s a rather strange man who keeps to himself. It seems odd that suddenly children have taken ill since his arrival. So, Sean and his friends decide to keep an eye on Black what they discover is both frightening and beyond belief!
At The Lazy K is a haunting tale of revenge that takes down the Tarkenton family and all their heirs. It all starts in the early 1900s when an employee of the ranch is falsely accused of stealing. The man’s wife who is of gypsy blood places a curse on the family name and ranch after they hang her husband.
We find nothing but misfortune plagues the family and all those associated with the ranch throughout the years.
Fast forward to 2012 and the curse is still active keeping those with the Tarkenton name from ever regaining the wealth and prestige they once held. Kathleen Tarkenton is now the last of those who hold the cursed name she’s heard the stories but of course, places no stock in them. A recovering alcoholic, she opens a rehab center at the site of the old Lazy K. You can imagine what a mistake this is!
The rest of the included stories range from the weird to the downright creepy. I can honestly say, I didn’t find one that I didn’t like. As a side note, I would like to mention that the brilliant cover art was done by Ben Baldwin. You can pick up your copy HERE!