Banks, Massey and Due take us on a spiritual journey that incorporates the past and the present and pits good against evil. The stories will make you shiver and cuddle a little closer to your significant other. Well written, they will capture your imagination and make you clamor for more.

"Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep," by Banks, has Rashid, a homeless veteran who sees shades, staying in the back of an antiques shop. He knows things are about to get real ugly, so he keeps a protective eye on Aziza. Evil is after her, and it's up to Rashid to save her.

In Massey's "The Patriarch," crime novelist Daniel Booker and his beautiful girlfriend, Dr. Asha Cook, go on a sojourn to Coldwater, Miss., to discover his roots. Daniel wants to dig into the past before he moves into his future with Asha. What do his recurring dreams of the shotgun house with the blood-red door mean?

In Due's "Ghost Summer," 12-year-old Davie spends the summer with his grandparents in Florida. He's looking forward to it because it's his last chance to go ghost tracking. Once he hits 13, he won't hear the ghosts anymore. (DAFINA, Dec., 304 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Leslie Frohberg