Book Title: Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop
Author: John Brhel
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction
Date Read: 23 August 2016
Pub Date: 26 July 2016
Retired stage magician Dr. Marvelry prefers to stock his antique store with strange and occult items. He has always enjoyed meeting odd people and hearing their stories, the legends attached to mysterious objects. A phonograph that seemingly replays a tragedy. Fertility dolls that are more than decoration. A bedevilled mannequin. These are just some of the relics this eccentric shopkeeper has collected over the years.
No two customers will have the same experience in his curiosity shop — some walk away satisfied, others are never heard from again. But one thing is certain – when you purchase an item at this store, you often get more than what you paid for.
Follow Marvelry and his hexed objects through twelve tales of suspense, magic, terror, and transformation. Meet his new assistant, fellow illusionists, and some irregular characters along the way. Whatever macabre artifact of the human psyche you’re seeking – you’ll find something special in Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop.
This book contains 12 short-stories; each story is based around Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop and the odd and sometimes cursed artefacts that are sold in the shop. Whilst the stories are intriguing and somewhat spooky, I didn’t find them to be scary at all.
Dr. Marvelry is an odd character, through the parts of the book he comes across as not knowing that he selling cursed or haunted objects, however there are other stories where he knows what some of the objects in his shop are capable of. Despite him knowing what some objects were capable of, he never issued a warning to the customers, and yet he was portrayed as a decent, caring gentleman.
Overall this book was a well written, fun and easy read. The characters were likable enough and it was great to see how some of the short stories in the book overlapped into other stories.
I received this book free from the For Love of a Book Read & Review Opportunity Program in exchange for an honest review