Once Upon a Dark & Eerie: A Review

Once Upon a Dark and EerieHere is a woman who loves words.  A.F. Stewart’s dark gem of a book, Once Upon a Dark and Eerie is full of lovely word play.  Stewart plays with words like a cat plays with prey, taunting the reader with delicate threats and keeping them held with the invisible, but irresistable, thread of a spider.

The variety of her tales keeps the reader’s interest piqued, each tale is a jewel giving a taste and a tease, leaving readers hungry for more and their imagination running wild. 

From disturbing recounts of horror to wry retellings of classic fairy stories, Stewart will hold you entranced.  My favorite stories were Invasion and Rendevouz on the Moor.  Her imagery is haunting, she gives just enough to start my inner musings and I find myself lost in thought thinking of where Stewart’s words may lead me. 

Her unplugged fairy tales spark with acidic wit and her darker stories are crafted with elegance and style, but it is her poetry that really moves me.  Tapestries woven with gilded phrases and adorned with shimmering ideas that hang in the air, folded between your thoughts to return to you when the shadows lengthen like echos of whispers.

Once Upon a Dark and Eerie is not a book to devour in one gulp… it is a book to savor.  Like wine, the scent must be inhaled and held in the lungs before letting it roll across the senses.  I recommend this book as a reading experience not to be missed.  Available on Smashwords in a variety of formats, it is a book you will return to whenever you have a craving for… something dark.

Other books by A.F. Stewart

Killers & Demons

Inside Realms

The Incomplete List of Action Movie Clichés

Tears of Poetry

Chronicles of the Undead

The Incomplete Guide to Action Movies

Passing Fancies

Shadows of Poetry

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at spaceandtime.net
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3 Responses to Once Upon a Dark & Eerie: A Review

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  2. Nice review! Makes we want to read it. Using the correct spelling of “piqued” makes me want to hug you.

    • :Dandi says:

      Hahahaha! Thank you Barbara! Yes, my interest was definately enticed rather than sprouting gables ;p I’m glad you stopped by – always nice to find a word aficianado.

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