Rolf the teddy bear looks sweet and warm. But, in the dark, its eyes glow with a murderous gleam….
Stefan Korzh's parents built a life around collecting possessed items, in the throes of a peculiar game with the dead. Antique porcelain dolls, beautifully crafted teapots, and an eerie teddy bear, all seemingly innocuous objects that encompass unimaginable evil, and malignant spirits who wish to inflict pain on the living.
His parents' obsession ruined Stefan's life, and he dreams of punishing the rest of the world for his poor luck of the draw. Dreams become reality when he sends the collectibles to unsuspecting customers. One by one, he eagerly watches the chaos that unfolds.
Victor Daniels, a historian exhausted by yet another academic conference, wants nothing more than to go home and see his wife. But tragedy cuts his hopes of comfort short. Seeking answers, he teams up with a paranormal expert by the name of Jeremy Rhinehart. The two discover a tangled web of haunted collectibles gleefully painting the town red with the blood of their new owners.
Time is running out, and they must stop Stefan from spreading further mayhem. But Jeremy and Victor are in over their heads, and the hellish objects' spirits will not rest until their pursuers join the ranks of the dead….
This was seriously awesome!! For me, it was the scariest of this authors books, that I've read! I've never liked those porcelain dolls anyway, they creeped me out, but after reading this... well, let's just say that I will never ever own one!! EVER.
Stefan Korzh grew up with his parents focused on buying haunted items. All their attention was focused on their passion and so Stefan was left unattended. Growing up in a house with ghosts made Stefan the way he is!! Now that both his parents have died, Stefan is intent on exacting revenge on people like his parents, people that actively seek out haunted items. So he starts selling off his parents items, all the while gleefully watching the ramifications unfold.
Victor Daniels is at a conference when he gets a call to say his wife committed suicide. Only thing is, his wife was happy and wasn't depressed. In fact, she had only just purchased a lovely old teddy off the internet. Victor is devastated and determined to get answers. What he finds though is a whole nother world!!
I started reading this at night and had to put it aside till the morning because it was creeping me out!!! I don't know if people actually do buy things simply because they think they're haunted, but let me tell you something, it wouldn't be me!!! Nuh uh!! I had nightmares of those nasty dolls turning their faces as I passed, it was horrible!! Anyway, the plot was fast paced and extremely scary. We have a teddy bear, a doll and a teapot. What do these all have in common? Well they are all haunted by homicidal ghosts. These ghosts are some of the worst that were in Stefan's parents collection. It was seriously creepy!!
I loved the characters. Jeremy was intriguing. I need to know more about his story. Victor is awesome. He is intriguing too and I'm really looking forward to learning more about him and his ancestors in future books. I also loved seeing and hearing the lore when they visited NOLA. Let's have more from there!!!
Anyway, this was such a great read. It's perfect for Halloween and is really scary. I can not wait for the next edition to this series!!!
Thom Bowers read this extremely well!! His tones and cadences really brought the story to life, and he gave me chills when he was the toys. Highly recommend.
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I LOVED this audiobook. Absolutely could not stop listening! All of the characters are engaging and you will find yourself fully invested in their stories. It was great to have a story which focused on the secret society so to speak of haunted collectors. Most times stories are primarily about the haunted objects themselves and very rarely do you get to be inside the heads of those who actively seek out these artifacts. I thoroughly enjoyed this point of view!
I was a little disappointed with the abrupt ending because I just HAVE to know what happens next but I will just have to anxiously await the next installment!
Ron Ripley is now one of my favorites! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Ron Ripley has been a favorite author of mine for several years. His books are always original & well written, and contain flawed but sympathetic & heroic characters that you quickly grow to care for. In this audio version of “Collecting Death,” Thom Bowers narrates & does a great job! Mr. Bowers’ voice is an excellent fit for the ghost/horror/suspense genre. It has an ominous/creepy Halloween quality I like, and it seems to capture your attention & interest quickly. Stefan is a great villain-in-training, and Stefan’s Dad (the ghost) is awesome, I love how he’s always yelling for Stefan randomly. I really hope we find out more about his dad’s ghosts!!! Rolf the bear was hilarious to me for some reason & Anne the creepy Bisque doll with the scary French song?!? OMG loved them, dolls are sooo creepy!!! Not sure why certain inanimate objects have such enormous fear-inducing capabilities, but dolls and ventriloquist dummies will forever share the #1 spot for “Life’s Creepiest Inanimate Objects” in my book. Jeremy & Victor are both interesting characters that I grew to really like! Excited to see what happens next! Great book in both audio & regular versions. I received this audiobook from Scare Street in advance in exchange for an honest review, thank you!!!
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A good update on the haunted collection gone into the wrong hands. Characters were engaging and it had some nice twists in the story. Narration was great as expected.
I wasn't sure if I would like this new series, but Jeremy and Victor make a great team. Victor is filled with understandable rage over his wife's death and is seeking revenge. Jeremy is calm, rational, and experienced in dealing with the dead. Together they set out to stop the person responsible for unleashing these haunted and deadly objects. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. As usual, I'm not a fan of Thom Bowers as narrator, but since he seems to be the choice for all Ron Ripley's books, I'm getting used to it. I don't think he does a bad job, but I don't feel like he captures emotions well.
What a great story! I can imagine myself as an innocent, unsuspecting buyer of one of evil Stephen's haunted items. Hopefully Jeremy and Victor would find me before I was killed! Love the characters in this new series, and the narrator's voices for them. The doll and bear were especially creepy. I am looking forward to the next book in this new series!
Another winner by Mr.Ripley he is a good writer and the man who does the audio is good as well.
Enjoyed the narration, really brought to life the encounters with the ghost. Looking forward to book 2.
This is such an awesome story!! I loved all the characters and the ghosties 😱
A solid five stars!!