Mystery Short Stories

The Book Of Witness, Vol 1 (A Strange Air Mystery) – Erick W Mertz

15 March 2020
The Book Of Witness, Vol 1 Book Cover The Book Of Witness, Vol 1
A Strange Air Mystery
Erick W Mertz
Supernatural Short Stories
Self Published

On an unseasonably warm April day in 1881, Brady Drift walked into The Creekside Bar one man, but walked out someone else. What happened during that fateful hand of cards that changed his life forever?

According to 9 year old Sia Temple, Jasper, her family's barn cat seemed to be acting on instructions that night. Who was pulling the strings, though? Or, maybe the better question is, what was?

Bottom line, Rebecca Cotton sought common sense in everything and everyone. There was no room for horsing around. Yet what she saw in the fiery hills around Goat's Head Ridge defied expectations.

And what about Pasqual De La Cruz? What could drive a once decent family man to do the unthinkable?

Canyon County, Oregon is a place littered with spooks, specters, and most of all, stories. Uncover a few strange bits of the odd history of this shadowy corner of the world in "The Book Of Witness: Volume #1" a short read part of The Strange Air Series of supernatural mysteries.

Volume #1 contains four short stories, each one a separate testimony about an encounter with the Canyon County.


The Book of Witness Volume 1 is a collection of four short stories, The Phantom Hand, A Devil Wind, The Flipbook and Bell The Cat, each full of suspense, trepidation and paranormal jeopardy.

Carl Aldous is a student studying anthropology and for extra income wins a contract with the Works Progress Administration in 1936 to write a book about the history of Canyon County, Oregon. He was to discover that the history of Canyon County was steeped in a supernatural phenomenon.

“These are accounts of a few good people whose fortunes took an ill-fated turn when they became a first hand witness to the Canyon County shadows.”

Each story is written as an account of the events from the witness being interviewed. The stories are very well developed and an eerie foreboding feel is created in the narrative. None of the witnesses can explain the incidents they observed, only the outcomes.

I really liked the style of the stories and they each provided a unique variation on the supernatural tales. It can easily be imagined that these stories have become folklore within Canyon County and they all end with that mysterious conclusion. The characters are well developed considering the limited scope to add complexity and depth.

I would highly recommend this book and I would like to thank Erick Mertz for requesting an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

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