The Haunted Mansion’s resident librarian, Amicus Arcane, has returned with another set of spooky stories to share. Follow along with him as he tells new terrifying tales while leading the Mansion’s newest visitor to a secret seance with the mysterious Madame Leota.
I had bought the first volume for my daughter who is a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion movie and ride at Disney World. She really loved that book so of course I’ll be buying her the second.
I feel like any fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion would benefit more if they read the first volume before this. The book even starts off referencing that you should’ve read that one in a letter to the reader. The various letters to the reader in between stories are an added bonus to make this feel like a realistic collection from someone’s personal library that they’re sharing.
The first volume focused on four kids who loved scary stories and this one changed focus so be prepared to find new thrills. A young man who lost his sister is on a journey to find her. Who doesn’t love a spooky carnival especially if murder is involved? Vampires are a must for any scary collection, and these aren’t your Twilight versions either. Ghosts make their required appearance with no sign of Casper tempering things with his friendliness. Then they added roaches, ROACHES! I think my skin is still crawling, UGH!!
The illustrations were spooky but not too bad considering the age level the volume is aimed at; the details went perfectly with the surrounding stories.
I think if you liked the first volume then you’ll like this one.