A celebration of a god older than history. A desperate play for love, fame and power. A gathering of friends to slay the demons of isolation and despair. Conjure Moon tells three terrifying tales guaranteed to keep you inside when the moon is high.

A little about Mickie first:

Originally an actor, Mickie now lives in the Southwest, where she spends her nights writing stories of horror and suspense inspired by her beloved rescue cats, Pal and Lassie. She spends her days sleeping with hands clenched because Shirley Jackson taught her that not everything that wants to hold her hand is a friend. Find her on Twitter @MBollingBurke.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4-Stars

I enjoyed reading Conjure Moon by Mickie Bolling-Burke did a good job of giving me the creeps with his three short stories. I’m not a huge fan of the cover, it’s a little too dark.

The cover does display well as a horror book, I just think it needs some lighter color.

The writing is well-done. There are a few sentences that I feel could be a tad stronger, but this did not take away from my overall experience. I loved the minimalistic style of the first story, it was my favorite of the three. Mickie pulls you right into the weirdness.

Each story is different and dark in its own way, sucking you in and keeping you reading. Conjure Moon is a quick little read that will keep you up if you read it before bed. I recommend this book if you like a quick scare that will stay with you.

RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars

These short stories are great for the horror lover. I listened to this on my phone. It wasn’t that long, but if you love to hide under the covers at night and quiver with fear these are for you.

These would be appropriate for scout night, around the campfire, while waiting on the moon to shine. (Each story is about the moon.) So I’d gather the kiddies around- outside in the dark- quiet woods with the fire the only light for miles. Wait on the moon to rise then start these stories.

The story, plot, action, etc, were excellent. I do think that a few words were used too much and a bit more variation with stronger verbs could have strengthened each piece, but in no way did it take away from the stories- they were very enjoyable.
Grab this one and try it out on the next full moon.

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  • ☆☆☆☆1/2
    Three chilling tales that entertain and might make things that go bump in the night keep you awake and nervous.
    The Door into Summer was not at all what I expected from the preview, it was quite a bit more unworldly and I may have second thoughts if ever a beautiful woman invites me for a moonlight picnic.
    It has long been a theory that the effect the moon has on people can be tremendous, so much so that some emergency rooms double their staff. The words lunacy and lunatic both derive from the word luna, a reference to the moon. ‘Moonstruck’ brings new meaning to the age old bit about “The Man In The Moon” whose face you can almost see when the moon is full. One man’s desire to own the moon and rule over the earth leads him to perform a ceremony with unexpected results. Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it!
    ‘The Scream Out of Time’ might make you think twice about buying an old house. Myself I love old buildings for the aura they have absorbed throughout their history, as the character of the past occupants infuses the floors and wall with a bit of their spirits left behind. Sandy’s new home is just such an old house, a house with personality, a character of it’s own. When he first moves in he loves it a swears to live there all his life. A promise he keeps, as he does live there for the rest of his short— life.
    Good thing I had a nap today, I’m sure I’ll be wide awake every time the floor creaks.

  • I entered this short story trilogy with moderate expectations, not being much the horror fan but I do like deliciously dark stories that make you think and build with creepy intensity. These tales definitely delivered a bone chilling effect, reminiscent of Twilight Zone or Night Gallery shorts or even the current Dark Mirror. In fact, as I read, I could picture Rod Sterling opening with a… “You unlock this door with the key to imagination. Beyond it is another dimension….” These three mesmerizing tales are definitely on that order, drawing me in and luring me along a dark twisted path.
    The first imagines an innocent office romance and an invitation to a moonlit picnic that turns horrific when the unseen boss reveals his true sinister business operations on the order of the Wicker Man. The second ponders a darker look at the age old children’s tale of the Man in the Moon and the real reason behind the benign shadowy face that looks down upon sleeping children. It’s a case of “be careful what you wish for” repackaged for a new generation. I will never hear the nursery rhyme: “I see the moon and the moon sees me” again the same way now. The third takes the classic haunted house to a new level, although with predictable results and a lagging storyline and character banter that detracted from the otherwise chilling effect. Still, it made me consider sleeping with the light on as I read this last tale at bedtime. So for reminding me again of all those childhood fears I once had, the anthology warrants 5.0 stars. It’s a shame there weren’t more stories, so I do hope the author has more intended for another anthology or even a full novel.

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