Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon by Roma Gray

Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon by Roma Gray
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Holiday, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (117 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The path into darkness begins here…

How often have you read a short story and wished you could see what happened after the big ending? In this book, the ending is just the beginning as each short story represents a chapter in an upcoming Roma Gray novel or novel series.

SECTION 1: A collection of six Halloween-flavored short stories. The stories are a mixed assortment of spooky, action adventure, and horror tales.

SECTION 2: Interviews with the fictional characters giving the reader the inside scoop on their upcoming novels.

Never let the adventure end…


1. FEAST ON FAT TUESDAY: At Mardi Gras, a vampire realizes he has become the prey.
2. AND THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: The discovery of Atlantis changes the world in ways no one could have ever anticipated…or wanted.
3. SUMMER VACATION: A teenager discovers that not only is black magic real, it’s also very unpredictable.
4. THE INVISIBLE CARRIER: A deadly plague is spreading through the Pacific Northwest, but no one can figure out how. It might just be the truth is too strange to believe.
5. UNNATURAL DISASTERS: Governments are isolating disaster sites from the rest of the world. What are they trying to hide?
6. WILL THE REAL MONSTER PLEASE STAND UP? A rampaging mummy, two insane cats, and a secret government agency. For archeologist Alistair Black, it’s turning into a very strange night.

Expecting the unexpected isn’t as easy as it looks.

The interviews with certain key characters were incredibly well done. They provided information that I found both entertaining and completely necessary in order to fully understand what was going on for some of them. I ended up scrolling down to read the interview immediately after finishing each tale, and I was glad I made that decision. They worked much better together, although it’s difficult to go into any specific details here without giving away spoilers.

It took me a little while to settle into some of the plots due to their unique formats. Because each one is part of a much longer work, the pacing was nothing at all like what I would usually expect from a short story. A great deal of time was spent introducing characters and describing the worlds they lived in, and the main sources of conflict were sometimes a little slow to arrive. This makes perfect sense for something full length, but it was occasionally jarring for short fiction.

With that being said, I am eagerly anticipating all of the books that the main characters will be featured in. Every single one of them included something that surprised or intrigued me for completely different reasons. I’ve never seen anything like this done in the science fiction genre before and was impressed by how the author tied it all together. Ms. Gray took a risk here. It paid off quite well.

Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon has whetted my appetite for more. If you’re in the mood for something incredibly original, give it a try!

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