Renee Conoulty: Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright by Tam Francis


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright by Tam Francis

Do you like scary stories with a little romance and a vintage twist? Welcome to Ghostoria.

What happens when a WWII secretary is trapped in the office with a ghost and the only way out is to make an unwelcome choice?

Drive-in movies, hot rods, and jitterbugs populate Long Way Home; can one young man survive a bloody night in a historic cemetery with his girlfriend?

Young residents of a cursed Texas town grapple with what they’re willing to sacrifice in order to save their crops, animals and loved ones?

Find out what happens when a college coed gets more than she bargained for with her vintage swing dress.

Can a kindergarten teacher silence the talking doll that has frightened her students by solving a fifty year old mystery?

A lone lady hitchhiker hops a ride in a 1959 El Dorado Cadillac by a roadside grave. Who will be alive at the end of the drive?

A turn of the century jail that housed murderers, liars, and thieves for over a hundred years is taken over by six teenagers on Halloween. What happens when a childhood chant turns deadly?

Those are just a few haunts and haints that populate this world of unrequited love, woe and mystery. Ghostoria will gnaw the corners of your mind and challenge your ideas about life, love and death long after you leave.

Hey! Here's my review.

Halloween is a non-event at our house so to get into the spirit of things, I decided to read Ghostoria. I loved the vintage twist on the horror genre. The short story format made it quick and easy to read. The horror level was just to my taste, not too graphic, more spooky. My favourites of the twelve stories were Ten Knives and Dressing the Part. I loved the scary factor of Ten Knives, and the swing dance references and psychological creepiness of Dressing the Part. Each of the short stories were engaging enough to leave me wanting more while still wrapping up the story in a satisfying way.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Tam Francis writes vintage romantic fiction with a pen in one hand and a vintage cocktail in the other. She has taught swing dancing with her husband for fifteen years and is an avid collector of vintage patterns, vintage clothing and antiques. 
She has published, contributed to, and been Editor-in-chief for two indie magazines – “From the Ashes” (Arts & Literature in the Greater Phoenix area 1990-1994) and “Swivel: Vintage Living” (swing dancing and vintage lifestyle culture 1994-2000) and various small press magazines
She began blogging her dance adventures years ago on Myspace, but started her novel when her husband shipped out for Iraq and she was alone to raise their two small children.
Look for her short story collection: Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright and The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress on Amazon and kindle. The sequel: The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress Hops the Atlanticwill be out in late 2016.


  1. Thank you for your kind words. So glad it brought some Halloween fun to you! You liked my kid's (teens) fave, "Ten Knives." The story takes place in a real old Jail here in Lockhart and it really is haunted! The rest is pure fiction, though. ;)

    1. I got so caught up in the story with Ten Knives that I didn't figure out why everything was happening until the end.

      My brother and I used to do a similar thing to ten knives on each others backs. Ours went - "We're going on a treasure hunt, we're going on a treasure hunt, x marks the spot, snakes crawling up your back, snakes crawling down your back, snakes crawling up your back, bite you on the neck, blood oozing out, blood oozing out, tight squeeze, cool breeze." (That was too long to tell you on Twitter, so I'm glad you found my blog post)