Review: Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

( I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due’s work is both riveting and enlightening.

In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before—Ghost Summer: Stories is sure to both haunt and delight.


Ghost Summer:Stories is a well put together book of creepy short stories by a single author, Tananarive Due. Except for Ghost Summer, the rest are not your average 'horror' stories but rather deal with creepy and eerie settings, the callousness of humans towards other humans, helpless dystopian scenarios and the like. My personal favourites were The Lake, Ghost Summer, The Knowing, Like Daughter, patient Zero, Danger word, Removal order, and Vanishings. I'm going to rate the stories individually but not write a detailed review of each as that would just be too long.


The Lake - 5
Summer - 4.5
Ghost Summer - 5

Free Jim’s Mine - 3
The Knowing - 5
Like Daughter - 5
Aftermoon - 4.5
Trial Day - 4.5

Patient Zero - 5
Danger Word (with Steven Barnes) - 5
Removal Order - 5
Herd Immunity - 4.5
Carriers – 3.5

Señora Suerte (2006) – 3
Vanishings (2015) – 5

A must read collection of creepy stories! If you like non-traditional horror stories that make you thoughtful, you must definitely pick up Ghost Summer: Stories.

My rating: 4 of 5

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  1. I never really read Ghost Stories because they do not scare me. Hehe, but I might give this one a shot! Great post!

    1. Thank you :) You should give it a try!
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