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Others created in old barnsSome are brought about by destiny others born in bloodSecrets they are the hidden heart of this collection In these pages you will encounter a Blood Digger who bonds two children irrevocably together; a young woma. Since this is my wife s book I don t feel right reviewing it I would like to share an online review the book received from Ashley Denis of Dark Moon DigestIs it rude to say that on top of being a very busy new mom I dragged my feet to start this book because short stories excite me a heck of a lot less than a good thick novel Well sadly that is what happened The joke is on me though because when I finally opened the PDF to get crackin I did not stop until I read every single word of every single short story in this book I kid you not I could not stop Now I bet you are wondering what on earth these stories contained to get me to sit for two hours straight and plow right though Well it is my pleasure to share just that with all of you fellow readers The first striking piece of this book is before the short stories even start There is a small description of all of them that is so cleverly done that I found my anticipation mounting right from the first words uttered Once I eagerly started the stories the words that kept coming into my mind as I read was wow this is almost poetic how beautifully the words flow This thought stuck with me the whole way through Carole Lanham has such a smooth poetic way about her writing that I was able to speed right though the stories in no time flat while enjoying every delicious word that my eyes happened upon Next was the plot Each and every story was utterly uniue enchanting yet without a doubt disturbing These sometimes macabre endings were breath stoppers Allow me to give an example In her short story The Forgotten Orphan a young orphan boy helps the drug addicted doctor with his daily tasks of healing and caring for the sick children There are rumors that something horrifying lives behind the locked door on top of the stairs This orphan boy soon learns it is a feral female girl who has been locked away most of her life One would assume the story will continue with the boy trying to help her and solve the puzzle as to why she has been locked away for so long What Carole Lanham has in store for this boy is just cruel and unusual In the midst of her stories is an actual poem that she creates called Velvet Honeybone Girl Werewuff I have never read such a poem that has given me goosebumps This short yet description filled poem is very obscure and ghastly Even if you aren t a lover of poems this will sure give you a new dark appreciation for them I would recommend these short stories first and foremost to any reader out there who gets a thrill from not so perfect endings I invite you readers who enjoy an unfair and unhappy ending to characters we so badly wanted to root for If that is your shtick then this is the book for you This wasn t just another book to read I consider this to be an experience for me and I enjoyed every second of it Thank you Carole Lanham for sharing your talents with all of us

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The Whisper Jar

N who learns of her destiny through the random selection of a Bible verse; and a boy whose life begins to reflect the stories he readsMost importantly though if someone should ever happen to offer you a Jilly Jally Butter Mint just say “No”. Not really having an overview on this book it was tricky from the start basically its alot of short stories The beginning starts off really neat the actually Whisper Jar Poem is awesome Without spoiling any of the secrets to this part that s just it the whisper jar a creative poem told about keeping your secrets or bad thoughts After reading the poem I thought great the rest of the book will be wonderful well not so much The second story is about a man vampire that pays a family a visit and ends up turning their daughter Etta into a blood digger or vampire I can say this story started off very good but somewhere in the middle it got just plain creepy I know your thinking vampire stories are made to be creepy Not this way this is what made me stop reading the book for a while Etta s brother Gideon has a weird liking not to spoil it for you I won t say First he talks about how much he hates it then how much he wish she would do it again what it is I won t say but creepy to want again when it comes to his sister Something in my readers mind wasn t clicking So I stopped the book right thereI did again after reading another book pick it up again The stories after not to be harsh are a little cheesy not too much to keep ones interest The author Carole Lanham has great writing skills I think the stories however lack depth needing I m not a writer so I can t say what just RatingI still gave this book 2 smacks out of 5 because of the poem The Whisper Jar at the beginning I just loved it That poem showed imagination otherwise I might have given only 1 smack This book on has 15 reviews and I m the first under 4 stars so you be the judge if you have read this title already please tell me what you thought But I feel as though I can t go above 2 smacks sorry The Whisper Jar better luck next time

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“I do not know what you have done but put your mouth right here Confess your crime to this fruit jar as though it were God’s ear” from The Whisper JarSome secrets are kept in jars others in booksSome are left forgotten in musty rooms. Anthologies are one of best ways for discovering new authors but recently I find myself and attracted by the collections of stories signed by one writer It is an even better method of feeling the power behind the writers talent an extended source in identifying the author s voice and finding new stories to enjoy With this the driving thought and with an open mind I turned the first page of Carole Lanham s debut collection The Whisper Jar and started reading Whisper Jar The inhabitants of High Cross start to keep their secrets stored in jars but when an accident occurs in the Jar House the safe keeping of the secrets is shattered to pieces Carole Lanham s collection debuts with this dark poem with lighter tones but setting the perfect mood for the stories that follow However the subject and the characters of the subseuent stories will change For an even better result Next day she found her little boy ashamed and blushing pinkShe gave him one good spank and poured her jam into the sink I don t know what you have done but put your mouth right hereConfess your crime to this fruit jar as though it were God s ear The Good Part After a mysterious stranger have lived on the nearby field for a few days Etta suffers changes that her brother Gidion cannot fully understand But when the lives of the people Gidion loves are threatened by this change he has to make one very important choice The main theme of The Good Part is only hinted but Carole Lanham returns to the roots of this subject and gives back its dark side in an era dominated by misplaced romance Keepity Keep Alban and Gage Turnbull find Petaloo a fairy who becomes their best friend in the garden of their house But when the boys grow older the competition for Petaloo s attention sharpens The reader is left in mourning for the childhood that Alban and Gage Turnbull leave behind Every little step of the boys metamorphosis into adults is evoked in the pages of this story with the power of personal experience The Blue Word In the Salvation House orphans are raised and schooled until the age of 18 when in a graduation ceremony they are released from the institute But the mystery surrounding the graduation process might not fit any of the students dreams A post apocalyptic setting in which the death of a dream can be the most terrifying side of the horror element Maxwell Treat s Museum of Torture for Young Girls and Boys After Hayden s parents are involved in a tragic accident he moves in the house of his cousins where the Treat brothers are putting together a museum dedicated to torture Melancholic frustrated and cheerful all together the story holds the reader on the toes always keeping things around the corner in such fashion that not even the smallest of glimpses or glances can be seen Friar Garden Mister Samuel and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints The sisters Estrella and Esme and Samuel the son of the household employed nurse escape the everyday reality with the help of the colorful Jilly Jally Butter Mints Imagination is literally brought to life here and the toys and games are enhanced by magic The misunderstandings can bring the tragic into play though and only the narrow minds of adults can give them power over magic The Reading Lessons Lucinda and Hadley are two friends whose destinies are not meant to cross with a love for forbidden books and readings Lucinda despite her caprices is the gravitating point for Hadley and their usual play almost an addiction And like any addiction no good can come out of it The Adventures of Velvet Honeybone Girl Werewuff The second poem of the collection this time untouched by the lighter tones of the first one is a replay of the Little Red Riding Hood with the added touch of one particular mythological aspect and in the personal and excellent manner of Carole Lanham The Forgotten Orphan Barnabas one of the orphans of the Asylum of Fatherless Children discovers what is hidden behind the security door of the attic Carole Lanham places the story for the grand finale of this mighty collection again in an orphanage But this time Asylum of Fatherless Children I can t imagine a haunting name for an orphanage is not the place of safety and refuge that Salvation House The Blue Word is It is not easy to forget the characters of The Forgotten Orphan no matter how much time they spend on the stage of the story It is even harder to grasp the dimension reached by the secret hidden behind attic doors secret terrible than the monsters Barnabas and his friends imagine living behind those doorsPerhaps secrets might be kept in jars primarily in whisper jars but Carole Lanham knows to unscrew the lids of these holders of secrets and spill the contains on paper Particularly those put on storage by children or adolescents the main characters of all the stories from The Whisper Jar Childhood always wakes the reader s nostalgia and Carole Lanham masterfully brings this feeling to life But every single time she challenges the common pushes and twists the boundaries Amusement shifts to tragedy innocence turns into sexual innuendo the magical literally in places time of play becomes a moment of cruelty all with the spontaneity of which only the children are capable of None of these transformations however are straightforward Every little change is made with an admirable subtlety not one of them offensive and all natural Every time the unexpected is an important ingredient and a seasoning element of surpriseThe same goes for the terror component Carole Lanham does nothing for the sake of horror or shock she doesn t use blood and violence in an attempt to terrify her readers by all means She makes the readers uncomfortable in a refined and intelligent manner and putting an attractive language to work in favor of her stories With such ualities reflected from The Whisper Jar Carole Lanham already announces herself as a prominent figure of the genre from her debut collection As a matter of fact the horror genre needs such writers to raise it to its deserved and true value


10 thoughts on “The Whisper Jar

  1. says:

    I picked up The Whisper Jar with anticipation and also with some apprehension Having read liked and accepted the closing story The Forgotten Orphan for the Midnight Lullabies anthology that I co edited for The Harrow Press I feared that disappointment might lurk in perhaps lesser stories found between the covers of Carole Lanham's collection I was wrongCarole's characters are mostly very young disturbed in t

  2. says:

    I am not a huge fan of poetry It's just not my thing So I have to admit I was a little put off by the book opening with a poem but forced myself to read it The little story depicted in the poem is very clever so I dove into the first short story After that point I was completely hookedTHE WHISPER JAR is masterfully crafted There are two poems and seven short stories Each piece is often amusing magical well wri

  3. says:

    Anthologies are one of best ways for discovering new authors but recently I find myself and attracted by the collections of stories signed by one writer It is an even better method of feeling the power behind the writers’ talent an extended source in identifying the author’s voice and finding new stories to enjoy With this the driving thought and with an open mind I turned the first page of Carole Lanham

  4. says:

    There is the danger that a casual perusal of the contents page of Carole Lanham’s collection The Whisper Jar may give t

  5. says:

    Carole Lanham has compiled a series of intriguing poems and short stories that all revolve around the experiences of child

  6. says:

    Since this is my wife's book I don't feel right reviewing it I would like to share an online review the book received from Ashley Denis of Dark Moon DigestIs it rude to say that on top of being a very busy new mom I dragged my feet to start this book because short stories excite me a heck of a lot less than a good thick no

  7. says:

    The stories in THE WHISPER JAR were perfect bit size pieces for a disturbingly delicious anthology I was surprised how connected to

  8. says:

    Not really having an overview on this book it was tricky from the start basically its alot of short stories The beginning starts off really neat the actually Whisper Jar Poem is awesome Without spoiling any of the secrets to this part that's just it the whisper jar a creative poem told about keeping your secrets or bad th

  9. says:

    “I do not know what you have done but put your mouth right here Confess your crime to this fruit jar as though it were God’s ear” Carole Lanham from The Whisper Jarauthor Carole Lanham's collection features nine delightful dark stories two of these are poems with rhyming couplets and the rest are all in prose i read this mesmerizing book in one sitting once i was done with the eponymous first tale there was no tu

  10. says:

    First things first The Whisper Jar is a collection of previously published works by the author that have been brought together in one delicious volume It is often very hard to review a collection of short stories and poems but I will do my bestThe stories and poems in The Whisper Jar include•The Whisper Jar•The Good Part•Keepity Keep•The Blue Word•Maxwell Treat’s Museum of Torture for Young Girls and Boys•Friar Garden Miste

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