The following quotes are excerpts from Advanced Review Copy criticism.

‘This novella has surpassed my expectations in story and writing style. For this, it has jumped high on my list of great books. It has changed the way I view the horror genre.’

Courtesy of A Life Among the Pages

‘A truly enjoyable read. I loved the classic style and agree with others that it carries the tone and grace of Poe while telling a tale just as chilling. Alatiel is a well crafted villain who is so subtle yet terrible that she could easily slip into the deepest sleep to wake the unwary dreamer.’

Courtesy of Sadie Thornton

‘Steven Callaghan is a talented writer with a great future. I would recommend The Poison of a Smile to fans of Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.’

Courtesy of Wendy S. Russo

‘The traditional monsters that have always dominated Horror…are not here. Something else has been manifested in their place, that crosses into a few territories, by means of power that transcends the material form; and yet interacts mercilessly with us.’

Courtesy of Indie Book Discovery

‘This is easily the most original novella I’ve read this year. The theme manages to be reminiscent of the great Gothic writers: Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Wollstonecroft-Shelley et al while exploring a fresh approach on possession, from three points of view: Those watching, those being possessed, and finally the “demon” who slowly but surely takes possession of tortured souls.’

Courtesy of Julia Hughes

‘If you liked The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, then you will love this novella. There may be some similarities between the two, but The Poison of a Smile stands on its own as a wonderful piece of work that takes some of the themes seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray to a whole other level. Written in a style that will make you think you are reading something from 1881, the book will keep you guessing and leave you wanting more from this author. The creature that Alatiel reveals herself to be brings out an old kind of mysteriousness that only the classics can compare to.’

Courtesy of Paranormal Lounge


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