There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you--but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.
Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.
Illes writes, “These collected stories are each powerfully evocative; forgotten in the manner of long-buried treasure. I hope to remedy this situation, transforming the status of these tales from forgotten to favorite. I confess: there is not a single story in this collection that I do not enjoy, even after repeated readings.
While wonderful if read silently, the tales reveal their nuances, humor, and suspense with even more potency, if read aloud. During the dark, eerie hours, when the wind is blowing and the ghosts are roaming outside, the night can be filled with pleasant terror.”
While not all of the stories are forgotten, they are all fantastic. They make us think. They introduce and explore possibilities: things that perhaps could happen.
They encourage our minds to venture beyond the mundane into the realm of the fantastic, to question and redefine reality. Above all, they entertain.
Nightmare Echoes is an eerie collection of short stories guaranteed to raise goose bumps and tickle those little hairs at the back of your neck.
It brings together sixty-nine stories of haunted houses, ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions, and other eerie events and experiences.
What is amazing is that all the stories are true - they actually happened - and they happened in Ontario!
Did Sir John A. Macdonald give advice from the dead?
Did William Lyon Mackenzie King engage in a friendly conversation with a veteran newspaperman at Kingsmere two years after his death?
Is Ottawa’s Laurier House haunted?
What happened in Toronto’s Mackenzie House?
Did an apparition of Walt Whitman appear in Bon Echo Provincial Park?
Does a beautiful lady in white haunt old stone houses in the north Woodstock area?
What was behind the Baldoon Mystery and the Dagg Poltergeist?
Do such things happen? Are they happening today?
In these pages there are ghosts aplenty. They appear in the villages, towns, and cities of Ontario - among them: Goderich, Hamilton, London, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, St. Catharines, and Sarnia!
Perhaps there is a ghost near you...