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Book Review: Tales from Mr. Macabre

If you all read my work, you know that I am not normally one for scary or horror books or movies. However, a friend of mine Daniel R. Hayes wrote an amazing novel called “Tales from Mr. Macabre.”



It tells the story of a writer who is wishing to create a masterpiece, but his efforts are thwarted by Mr. Macabre. An evil entity that infiltrates Hayes’ mind to get his stories out to the world. Throughout the book, we are provided 24 devilish yet delightful stories. While reading these stories we continuously wonder if Hayes will be able to save himself from Macabre or if his mind will be lost forever.

This book had me snuggling under a fuzzy blanket with my husband on many nights. Normally, scary stories terrify me to a point of panic and illness. This set of stories however, had my attention from the first to the last page. My curiosity was spiked each time Hayes came back to reality and tried to win back his mind. I found myself rooting for Hayes throughout each page and yearning to learn how the battle of the brain ended.

At the beginning, I was sad for Macabre. How he was treated, how his stories were denied regardless of how interesting they were. Then, as I learned more about him, my hatred for him grew. Every story needs a good villian and this one was more perfect than I could have imagined. I found myself crying at portions of this book, especially for a character named Bobby from chapter 12. I suppose I would cry for anyone that got beamed with a sledgehammer though.

Of course, my favorite character from this book is Mr. Hayes. The way he is always trying to advise Mr. Macabre of what is acceptable and what is not. The way Macabre is always trying to convince him that there is nothing but bad in the world and he continues to deny that information. The author reminds readers that they have a choice to give into temptation or to stand your ground.


“The bad guy doesn’t always have to win,” (Hayes, pg 338).

My overall favorite quote from this book. Throughout the entire book, Macabre tells tales where the evil prevails. Toward the end of the book, Hayes presents a story that shows that the bad guy can lose. He then advises Macabre of this quote. It has stuck with me since I finished the book in November. I’ve even used the quote while helping my son with an English essay.

I feel this is a good message to send to readers. After reading a book about evil winning over good on a consistent basis, it’s good to remember that there are times when good can come out on top.


I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a scary story. Bring it on your camping trip for scary story time, gift it to your Halloween lovers or gift it to yourself to enjoy the wild rollercoaster I did. Will you choose to side with Macabre or with Hayes? Will good triumph over evil this time? Grab the book to find out!



Even if you normally don’t like to read scary stories, I highly suggest giving this a try. Like I said at the beginning, I didn’t read anything scary — EVER. But I just could not put this book down!

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla


Originally Published on Medium.com December 2022


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