Blogging A to Z Day 8: Hidden Gem – Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

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If you’re looking for a summer read that’s as engaging as it is spine chilling, look no further than Tananarive Due’s Ghost Summer. This hidden gem is perfect for horror fans and mystery lovers alike, and will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. Featuring an all-star cast of characters, this story follows a small town thrown into chaos when a series of strange and deadly events take place. With echoes of Stephen King’s It, Ghost Summer is sure to leave you wanting more!

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Ghost Summer: Stories

by Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due, a winner of the American Book Award and an Essence and Los Angeles Times bestselling author, brings you her debut short fiction collection! She is a female, African American author who has been writing since the 90s. The title novella, Ghost Summer, won a Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society (originally published in The Ancestors). This collection includes Patient Zero, The Lake, The Knowing, Herd Immunity, and many other stories.

I first discovered Tananarive Due during my 31 in 31 challenge when I read The Good House. It was such an interesting story. And I just realized I never did a book review on that and now I need to change that. Be on the lookout for a review coming up because this book deserves all of our attention as readers.

But back to the subject at hand. I was in a reading slump and scrolled through Audible (My Gods, I love Audible.) You can try Audible here. Because so many of my favorite books were found there. I’m sure you’ll find an old favorite or a new one. They have an extensive selections of books featured on their site. Anyway, I’m kind of cheap so I looked for books included in my membership. And found Ghost Summer. I’m a fan of a good ghost story. I loved The Good House (spoiler alert for the review). So, I figured let’s go ahead and listen.

This helped me so much out of my reading slump. Sometimes my ADD gets a hold of me and I can’t focus for too long on a single story. It can be frustrating when I’m in the middle of reading a book that really grabs my attention, then I have to stop reading to do something like feed the kids or answer the phone. Then I’ve lost all momentum. I totally recommend reading some short stories, or like this, a collection of them. They are perfect because they’re quick fixes that will have you back reading in no time at all.

What makes this collection amazing is that it all takes place in the same general area and time line. It gives you the chance to grow a relationship with the characters.

And, yes, I cried. So much crying. Because they may be horror stories but you still need all the feels. And Tananarive Due delivers. Ghost Summer is one of those ‘you’ll never guess how this ends’ stories that you can listen through during your commute or on lunch or walks around town – so if any fans out there need another good scare…I’ve got what you’re looking for.

I think one of my favorite stories was the brothers who go on vacation only to find themselves fighting against real ghosts while trying not to be scared or too nervous during their stay at grandma’s house – it sounds like quite the entertaining listen, right?

I’m so glad I found Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due. It was the perfect book to help me get out of my reading slump and it made me want to read more by her. Tananarive Due is such an amazing author. Her short stories are captivating and well-written, and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.

What’s your favorite short story? Le me know in the comments – I would love to check it out!

Um, are you kidding me? I didn’t know she had a podcast!!!
And her rendition of Proud Mary has me feeling all sorts of ways.


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