Mini-Read Review: The Demon of Gloamingspark Yard and The Ghosts of The Tattered Crow by Eldritch Black

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Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get over looked. Today I have two novellas by Eldritch Black: The Demon of Gloamingspark Yard and The Ghosts of The Tattered Crow.

The Demon of Gloaming Spark Yard

The Demon of Gloamingspark YardSource: Purchased on Amazon
Publisher: Eldritch Black
Series:
Edition: Ebook, 31 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror Novella
Purchase:ย Amazon *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

Professor Thistlequick is having a day as strange as it is frustrating. Despite chancing upon what appears to be a new dimension, the Professor has run out of the highly illegal Magickal ingredient he needs to complete his discovery.

So he fastens on his top-hat and bottle-green coat and sets out across London to find a secretive occult shop.

But once the Professor finds the hidden shop, his troubles really begin. For someone else is seeking magickal supplies, a man filled with horrifying, malicious intent.

Professor Thistlequick soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of dark, demonic forces.

The Demon of Gloamingspark Yard is a terrifying short story of magic and Steampunk adventure, sure to enchant readers of all ages.

The Demon of Gloamingspark follows the ever happy and quirky Professor Thistlequick as he attempts to buy a rather illegal seed in order to further his amazing experiment, however he gets way more than he bargained for. I rather enjoyed Thistlequick, he’s certainly a unique man and full of his own sort of charm. It was easy to picture him walking around with a happy bounce in his step and a rather childlike way of seeing the world around him. The writing has a wonderful mix of detail and whimsy that brings back memories of stories I read as a kid and earned this story an immediate re-read. Eldritch really paints the story and gives its it a life of it’s own. I’d love to be able to browse around the hidden shop and see all it’s curious odds and ends. I wouldn’t call Demon of Gloamingspark terrifying, though it may be for the intended younger audience, but it definitely had some moments where I was uneasy or uncertain on how things would go for Thistlequick and I can’t help but wonder what becomes of those involved. Though the story does wrap up nicely and is complete, I’d love to see more about Thistlequick and the curious people he meets during his shopping trip.

4 stars

The Ghosts of The Tattered Crow

Ghost of the Tattered CrowSource: Purchased on Amazon
Publisher: Eldritch Black
Series:
Edition: Ebook, 28 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror Novella
Purchase:ย Amazon *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3.5/5

12 year-old Jake Shillingsworth’s life as a serving boy in London’s most notorious Inn, The Tattered Crow, is about to get a lot worse.

Recently Jake has felt unseen eyes watching in the Inn’s vacant rooms, in the cellar and worst of all, the attic.
Is this feeling connected to the terrible, shuffling and scraping sounds he hears coming from above in the dead of night?

As Jake returns from one his odious masters errands, he’s accosted by a strange man with a blood curdling story, of ghosts and revenge.

Now, as Halloween draws near, Jake must confront his terror and the dark presence which has taken over the Tattered Crow.
The Ghosts of the Tattered crow is a short story which is sure to unsettle and bewitch readers of all ages.

The Ghosts of the Tattered Crow has a prevailing creepiness that mixes with a bit of curiosity that really keeps the reader invested in what’s happening. In 28 pages we get a story written with a wonderful amount of detail and emotion that keeps the pages turning. I was surprised that Eldritch really manage to capture the grit and grim of what I assume is a Victorian age London in so few pages. The ghosts are rather eerily and a bit sad, and the fact that they are apparently quite numerous makes the whole thing a bit unsettling. I love that each character clearly has its own personality and that Eldritch took the time to flesh out someone even though they’d only be present for a few pages.

I do wish that perhaps there had been more added to some aspects of the story but I found this to be well worth my time to read. I’ll be on the look out for more of Eldritch Black’s work from here on out.

3.5 stars

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2 Responses to Mini-Read Review: The Demon of Gloamingspark Yard and The Ghosts of The Tattered Crow by Eldritch Black

  1. Trish says:

    Ooohh, like the second one, what a great name and sounds like a spine chilling read. Love that these are free too. A great way to discover new authors ๐Ÿ™‚

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