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Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore by Mark W. Curran

A Collection of Contemporary Horror Fiction 
by Mark W. Curran  
Sept 15, 2017 
Genre: Horror/Speculative Fiction 
Publisher: NMD Books 
ISBN: 978-1-936828-51-7 
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 83,365
Cover Artist:  Robert Gonzales 
Werewolves... vampires... swamp beasts... zombies... even a Jersey Devil... all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set 'down the shore' in South Jersey's Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults.

The stories in this collection contains: The Girl In The Attic, Dante's Inferno At Castle Dracula, Neptune's Revenge, Night of the Wildwood Dead, Captain Harvey's Wildwood Seafood Palace, Showdown In Anglesea, The Fortune Teller Machine, Jersey Devil, Werewolves of Dennis, Swamp Beast of Grassy Sound, and The Witches of Wildwood.

There is an abrasive radio talk show host who finds himself stalked by an angry werewolf in “Werewolves of Dennis.” A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl in “The Girl In The Attic.” In “Night of the Wildwood Dead,” after a stopover in Haiti and a night of shore leave, the crew of a sailing ship grow mysteriously ill and start to change, except for one man detailing it all in a journal, until the ship is filled with bloodthirsty zombies and it crashes onto the Jersey Shore. “The Witches of Wildwood,” is a tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters who are determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house. The rest of the stories included mainly tales of the supernatural, and are all set around Wildwood, New Jersey. Even the Jersey Devil has a story in this collection. I especially enjoyed “Captain Harvey’s Wildwood Seafood Palace,” “The Fortune Teller Machine,” “Jersey Devil,” Swamp Beast of Grassy Sound,” and “The Girl in the Attic.”

If you enjoy short stories, horror, folklore, and wondered about New Jersey, this collection of tales by Mark W. Curran will fit the bill.

I gave Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore 3 ½ sheep.

Pamela Kinney


There was no doubt among the sisters that the murders were increasing their power. Each felt the surge of energy that coursed through them with each kill. 

“I feel so alive!” Zoey exclaimed on the morning after they’d tied Harlan Clemmons to a chair and stabbed him multiple times through the heart, “like I’m plugged into some bitchin’ electrical source!” she marveled. 

The other girls felt it too. Both Jaz and Ali would lay awake at night and feel it running through them - bringing them even more vitality and strength than even their young ages provided.

About the Author:
Mark Wesley Curran is a writer of contemporary fiction, specializing in the horror and suspense genre. Born and raised in Suburban Philadelphia, he spent many summers living and working in Wildwood, New Jersey during its heyday. He now resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys creative pursuits as a writer, filmmaker, and musician.


  1. Please note the Amazon link is incorrect and links to the original paperback edition which was withdrawn from publication and never released because the publisher decided to publish in hardcover instead which should be available Sept 15.

    1. I deleted the amazon link. Will add once the new on is available. Thanks!