This is a fairly fast read which you can easily finish in oned sitting. There are three very short stories and one expanded story. Here are my thoughts on each:
Engine Eighteen starts out like many films about smuggling people into the US from Mexico (Think Paraiso Travel and El Norte) and starts to turn supernatural. The supernatural parts are a little bit confusing and it is if the people are being seduced by the Devil.
Return to Nowhere was my favorite tale and it involves a man who can commit suicide if he is unhappy with his life and then start a new life with elements of the prior existance changed.
The Raven Mocker is the longest story and had a feel like the film Horror Hotel and some of it seemed like a Stephen King short story. A couple (Terry and Abby) moves to a country lodge from where Terry's uncle had just died. The townsfolk all seem to be afraid of the woods around the lodge and Joseph the caretaker, seems to be the only one who knows what is going on. Weird things happen to the couple immediately and they get into trouble ignoring the advice of Joseph (hint: when you are in a haunted house and someone in the know warns you; heed the warning). I really didn't care for this tale as there was nothing new about it.
Spinning Wheel is about a widower caring for an adult son with Downs Syndrome. The son starts building remarkable things and saying he was helped by an unseen friend. This story is my second favorite but it also is fairly easy to figure out.
Overall this book could have been a lot better. There are hints of a very talented writer that needs just a tad more seasoning to write some really good supernatural tales.
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