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.