Subtle is a good adjective to describe the tales in Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties, a collection of short British ghost stories by Jan Edwards. Haunting, romantic, timeless, sad, and eerie: these are all adjectives that come to mind when I read this. In each tale, I felt like I was dropped into the middle of someone’s life and had to figure out what was going on along with the character. The foreshadowing in each story was superb, enough to make me want to find out more, but secretive enough to give the endings a surprise twist. There is really nothing bad to say about this book at all. These are ghost stories you can sink your teeth into!
Nick Nightmare Investigates is a solid collection of detective/Cthulhu Mythos stories. These tales idealize the pulp fiction genre, with heroic characters that could have jumped out of a Golden Age comic book. While Cole is not the first author to write about a private eye that battles creatures from the Cthulhu mythos, his stories are well-written and readable.