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Holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries: all times to celebrate, all times to cherish-all times to fear! In this book you will find a collection of Roma Gray's best horror stories, each one focused on these special times of the year. Find out why you should think twice before going to mom's house for Christmas dinner or venturing out into the woods on that camping tr Holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries: all times to celebrate, all times to cherish-all times to fear! In this book you will find a collection of Roma Gray's best horror stories, each one focused on these special times of the year. Find out why you should think twice before going to mom's house for Christmas dinner or venturing out into the woods on that camping trip. You might just decide it's best to stay home...assuming, of course, you are safe even there...


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Holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries: all times to celebrate, all times to cherish-all times to fear! In this book you will find a collection of Roma Gray's best horror stories, each one focused on these special times of the year. Find out why you should think twice before going to mom's house for Christmas dinner or venturing out into the woods on that camping tr Holidays, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries: all times to celebrate, all times to cherish-all times to fear! In this book you will find a collection of Roma Gray's best horror stories, each one focused on these special times of the year. Find out why you should think twice before going to mom's house for Christmas dinner or venturing out into the woods on that camping trip. You might just decide it's best to stay home...assuming, of course, you are safe even there...

33 review for The Best of Roma Gray

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Laude

    I can always count on Roma Gray to write a great story, full of horror. These stories aren't bloody, gory horror, but rather more subtle scares. As always with Ms. Grays' stories, these stories deliver their scares in a more psychological way that leaves a lot to the reader's imagination. The premise of each story is that the Holidays are actually a day of horror, not celebration. In this particular book, Ms. Gray examines Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day. I don't th I can always count on Roma Gray to write a great story, full of horror. These stories aren't bloody, gory horror, but rather more subtle scares. As always with Ms. Grays' stories, these stories deliver their scares in a more psychological way that leaves a lot to the reader's imagination. The premise of each story is that the Holidays are actually a day of horror, not celebration. In this particular book, Ms. Gray examines Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day. I don't think that I will be looking at any of these Holidays in quite the same way after reading this book! If I had to pick a favorite, I would say the story about Easter because of the heart-wrenching nature of that story. All of the stories have a unique take on horror even while incorporating well-known creatures like vampires and werewolves. The endings of each story are unexpected and add to the scare factor. I also enjoyed the Author's Notes after each story in which the author told where the story was first published and how it came about. I continue to be fascinated by author's imaginations and always enjoy knowing more about their inspiration. The narrator, Terry Self, is perfect for this collection. His pacing and voices fit each story and his narration added a lot to my enjoyment of these stories. I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the author and chose to review it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    D.J. Doyle

    This is the 2nd book I've read by Roma Gray, and twice I have not been disappointed. What I loved about this one was that there is a good amount of horror in it. In my opinion, the author has a unique talent to sweet talk her way through even the most horrific tales....I honestly don't know how she does it. My favourite story is the Easter feast, as the concept of it is pure evil and an unusual plot. I hear there is a part 2 coming out, so I'll definitely be reading it. This is the 2nd book I've read by Roma Gray, and twice I have not been disappointed. What I loved about this one was that there is a good amount of horror in it. In my opinion, the author has a unique talent to sweet talk her way through even the most horrific tales....I honestly don't know how she does it. My favourite story is the Easter feast, as the concept of it is pure evil and an unusual plot. I hear there is a part 2 coming out, so I'll definitely be reading it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucretia

    Holidays are such a happy time. Wait, scratch that, they are a nightmare, filled with people and expectations of perfection. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sees them from a different perspective. That’s really what stands out to me most about this collection. Each story, though some deal with things we might be familiar with, is handled in a way I never would have expected. I was easily able to imagine the settings, feel the fear, and care about the characters in each tale. The level of thou Holidays are such a happy time. Wait, scratch that, they are a nightmare, filled with people and expectations of perfection. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sees them from a different perspective. That’s really what stands out to me most about this collection. Each story, though some deal with things we might be familiar with, is handled in a way I never would have expected. I was easily able to imagine the settings, feel the fear, and care about the characters in each tale. The level of thought and creativity poured in these short stories is impressive. Some, like the Christmas tale, gave a me a nostalgic feeling, and others, like the Valentine one were quite disturbing. There was one that touched on a mystery I adore, I don’t want to add any spoilers, but I really loved where Roma went with the lost colony. I want to isolate the vampire/Easter tale for some extra praise though. Not only was unique to most vampire tales, but holy moly, it was powerfully dark and heartbreaking. Again, not wanting to say too much, but wow, that one made a lump rise in my throat. Gutted. This is a collection filled with horror, emotional and gruesome. I give it my highest recommendation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gabbi Grey

    You will never look at Christmas the same way again (an audio review) This is an anthology from one of my favourite horror short story writers. Roma Gray’s imagination just scares me. This audio begins with the warning that celebrations are a day where we put an ‘x’ on the calendar and plan to enjoy the day with family and friends. But what if something bad happens that day? My best friend died on Christmas Day, BTW. As Roma Gray points out – life is random. There are five holidays addressed: Mother You will never look at Christmas the same way again (an audio review) This is an anthology from one of my favourite horror short story writers. Roma Gray’s imagination just scares me. This audio begins with the warning that celebrations are a day where we put an ‘x’ on the calendar and plan to enjoy the day with family and friends. But what if something bad happens that day? My best friend died on Christmas Day, BTW. As Roma Gray points out – life is random. There are five holidays addressed: Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day. I loved Ms. Gray commenting that Valentine’s Day is “the most brutal holiday and that more people have a bad day rather than a good day.” In fact, she titles the story, “All Roads Lead to Hell”. What could possibly go wrong? If you have read Ms. Gray’s “Love Letters”, you’ll know that love letters are not always welcome. Ruth is a nurse working in a nursing home. Most of the residents are quietly going off into that good night, accepting of their fate. Not Emily. The nonagenarian woman is fighting tooth and nail to stay alive. Even though the cancer has almost won the battle, Emily is not willing to give up. It isn’t until Ruth comes across Emily’s trove of love letters that she understands why the older woman is so terrified of death. Since this is Roma Gray, there are elements of the supernatural, and of course, the very disquieting. If I were facing Emily’s potential fate, I would fight tooth and nail as well. And the ending was disturbing. All the endings in this anthology are disquieting. If you never loved Christmas, ‘A T-Rex for Christmas’ is not going to change your mind. Halloween freak you out? An old house in Maine might not be the best place to stay during All Hallows Eve. Bad things are bound to happen. These stories create a nice little collection and Ms. Gray promises there will be more. I can only imagine what she can do with New Year’s Eve and the Summer Solstice. Terry F. Self does another great job bringing first the right tension, using volume, tone, and pauses in perfect combination to make a terrifying story. Horror isn’t my fave, but I will always listen to Roma Gray.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sissy Johnson

    Roma Gray has done it again!! Celebration of Horror, Book 1 is a great compilation of horror stories that will have you wanting to read/listen with the lights on. Ms. Gray's storytelling skills are remarkable and I cannot get enough of her writing. In this compilation, you will find one story relating to Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day and two relating to Halloween. I enjoyed them all equally well and loved that you learned more about the story (why written, etc) at the end of.each segment. Roma Gray has done it again!! Celebration of Horror, Book 1 is a great compilation of horror stories that will have you wanting to read/listen with the lights on. Ms. Gray's storytelling skills are remarkable and I cannot get enough of her writing. In this compilation, you will find one story relating to Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day and two relating to Halloween. I enjoyed them all equally well and loved that you learned more about the story (why written, etc) at the end of.each segment. These are all great, creepy stories that will leave you looking over your shoulder at every little bump in the night. Also, I loved the narrator, Terry Self. His voice and inflection while telling the story added an extra level of excitment. Mr. Self definitely would be welcomed around any campfire. I would highly recommend Roma Gray to all. If you haven't tried any of her works, you really are missing out. Thank you again Ms. Gray for a truly frightful tale! ****Note - I receievd an ACX copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bradley (AudioShelf)

    This book was interesting. I figured by the cover that it was going to be more horror; however, it was just mostly paranormal stories about horrific holiday experiences. I thought the premise was really good--a bunch of scary stories that take place on what seem to be joyous holidays; however, I wasn't floored by any of the stories. I think my favorite one was the Christmas story with the Dinos. But, again, it wasn't scary at all. The cover is definitely misleading. Positives: I really enjoyed th This book was interesting. I figured by the cover that it was going to be more horror; however, it was just mostly paranormal stories about horrific holiday experiences. I thought the premise was really good--a bunch of scary stories that take place on what seem to be joyous holidays; however, I wasn't floored by any of the stories. I think my favorite one was the Christmas story with the Dinos. But, again, it wasn't scary at all. The cover is definitely misleading. Positives: I really enjoyed the narrator. He had a great voice and for the Halloween story, I swear he makes one character sound like a mix between Christopher Walken and Kevin Spacey. I liked his tone, cadence, and overall vocal work. I also liked the author's notes in between each story. That made me curious to hear how the author came up with each specific story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Book lover

    Recycled tales I thought I was rereading one of the books in my library when I recognized most of the tales in this anthology. I would have returned the book if it wasn't on kindle unlimited. Recombining ta!es from other anthologies is unfair to readers who have read them before. I eventually gave up when I couldn't find a tale I hadn't read. Recycled tales I thought I was rereading one of the books in my library when I recognized most of the tales in this anthology. I would have returned the book if it wasn't on kindle unlimited. Recombining ta!es from other anthologies is unfair to readers who have read them before. I eventually gave up when I couldn't find a tale I hadn't read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    I thought this was an interesting batch of short paranormal/holiday stories. The author definitely has a creative imagination to come up with some of these storylines/ideas that she has. The narrator, whom I've listened to along with other audiobooks by this author, does a good job as well. There were times throughout the stories, more so during the one about the dinosaurs, in which the narrator would randomly talk fast and/or like he was out of breath, and this didn't always go along with what I thought this was an interesting batch of short paranormal/holiday stories. The author definitely has a creative imagination to come up with some of these storylines/ideas that she has. The narrator, whom I've listened to along with other audiobooks by this author, does a good job as well. There were times throughout the stories, more so during the one about the dinosaurs, in which the narrator would randomly talk fast and/or like he was out of breath, and this didn't always go along with what was happening in the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim Laymon

    Awesome Can you imagine your favorite holidays with a twist of horror? That is exactly what Roma does here! I love all the twist and unexpected turns the stories take you on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucille Bransfield

    I liked these shorts about holidays. I look forward to hearing book 2.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bud

    Very entertaining. Nice collection of some horror stories. Stories are not gruesome so if squeamish, not to worry, just a fun book to listen too. I will be checking out other Roma Gray audiobooks.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Blackbear

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cher riley

  14. 4 out of 5

    James

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Mcparland

  16. 5 out of 5

    Simon Farrant

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim McDowell

    A really nice collection of stories. Pain,suffering,fright, it’s all there. Horror at it’s best!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rocki

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian Wemesfelder

    Roma’s Celebration Of Horror: the best of Roma Gray:: Roma Grays book is chuck full of great holiday stories full of mayhem. The characters in each story covering Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and more are convincing and well written. The Christmas story involves plastic dinosaurs, witches and a curse that causes a whole lot of havoc. Another involves werewolf’s, the others involves creatures of all makes. Each story narrated in great length including one of a young boy. This book is writte Roma’s Celebration Of Horror: the best of Roma Gray:: Roma Grays book is chuck full of great holiday stories full of mayhem. The characters in each story covering Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and more are convincing and well written. The Christmas story involves plastic dinosaurs, witches and a curse that causes a whole lot of havoc. Another involves werewolf’s, the others involves creatures of all makes. Each story narrated in great length including one of a young boy. This book is written for young adults to older crowds, well worth the read at any price, at any age. Thank you Roma!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Denton

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma Thompson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gene Reams

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hult

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Rajeev Singh

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Davies

  30. 5 out of 5

    james j. doyle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Nasta

  32. 5 out of 5

    SpareTheBS

  33. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

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