The Red Gloves & Other Stories

Catherine Fisher

Gripping stories of myth, magic and folklore…

This a super collection of the strange, spooky and supernatural in nine short stories that will send a shiver down your spine and stay lingering in your thoughts long after closing the book.

I feverishly devoured one story after another in one greedy sitting. Deliciously dark, headline story ‘The Red Gloves’ is the type of tale I would’ve enjoyed scaring myself silly with as a child. It’s one of the stories that children will retell to one another again and again until it becomes an urban legend.

When Sarah buys a pair of elegant red velvet gloves from a charity shop, she gets more than she bargained for. In the middle of the night, she begins to hear scratching and knocking from the drawer she put the gloves in. Things start moving around in the bedroom with no explanation and then the messages start appearing…the suspense builds to a terrifying crescendo which will literally have you reaching for your throat!

‘The Hare’ is equally as tense and will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. When Owen’s father finds a snow white hare in the road on a stormy night, the family take it in to care for it. Owen’s sister Becca is instantly smitten but the creature makes Owen uneasy, staring blankly at him with it’s black eyes. When the hare refuses to leave the cottage and strange things start to happen in the night, Owen starts to question what or who the creature really is…

I don’t want to reveal too much about the remaining stories in the book and spoil the suspense but just to whet your appetite, you can look forward to step-brothers who get stuck in the same nightmare, a dark and dingy changing room where a mysterious stranger asks you to swap lives and a Victorian ghost story featuring a boy, a girl and a deep well…

The Red Gloves is the perfect Autumn read for when the nights are drawing in. It’s no surprise that many of the stories have connections with Catherine Fisher’s Welsh homeland and the lonely village settings, remote countryside locations and threatening weather make for an atmospheric experience. This would be an excellent collection to read aloud that will have children begging for one more chapter.

I’m a huge fan of The Clockwork Crow trilogy and Catherine Fisher has crafted nine spells that cleverly combine just the right amount of fear, fantasy, a pinch of wit and a sprinkle of magic.

The Red Gloves and Other Stories will be published by Firefly Press on the 16th September.

With thanks to Firefly Press for treating me to an advance of the book.

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