Revenge. Respect. Regret.
Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people.
I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever.
Chopper – A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare.
A Decision at Dusk – If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt?
Sunflower – When the establishment fights back, they break more than the rules.
A View – Some noises are best left uninvestigated.
These stories are not happy, but they leave their mark. Some are set in our world; some are set in an alternate world (that of the Lords of Misrule series). This anthology combines dark humour, psychological terror, horror, and a splash of brightly coloured gore. It packs an emotional punch made even more harrowing by the paper-thin divide between reality and fiction.
|Five uniquely individual short stories; each one uniquely crafted to bring a different sort of horror to the reader. As the author mentions, two of the short stories are not of our world, and I felt that those are the “weakest” of these five stories. I only say that they are the “weakest” because I don’t know the world that they are based in. However, they are not bad stories at all. Some of the references and things in those stories are lost on this reader, which I may have to remedy one of these days. But, other than that, the three stories based in this world are incredibly horrifying. Sometimes you can see the twist coming; but other times you won’t see it until it’s right on top of you. And it’s exciting. I would highly recommend this short story collection. Borrowing this from R.L. Stine: “Reader beware, you’re in for a scare.”|
Wow. That first story man. That was BRUTAL. At the very beginning of “I Died Yesterday”, you would have thought that the MC of the story was the one that died. But then, it changes. Quickly. The MC is very unreliable, and even though you can figure out the ending, it’s the way that Graham gets to it is suspenseful.
The second short story, “Chopper” was much more confusing, and wasn’t as…enjoyable…as the first (not that the first story’s subject material was enjoyable, but it was a good story). Our narrator here is not as unreliable as the first one, but isn’t all there with his imagination running wild. I was excited about the twist that I wasn’t expecting to come out of this, which made the ending that much more interesting.
“A Decision at Dusk” gives us a unique perspective into necromancy, even if the story doesn’t flat out say it. I like the premise that this druid is battling with resurrecting her brother vs the happiness of her niece, while also flaunting that she does this again and again to the man that killed her brother. Though, the jaunt down to the village at the end gave me something to think about. One little line made me pause…and think. Is there more to Mia than we thought? Is that why the rumor about arms most prevalent? Another excellent story here.
“Sunflowers” is another horrifying tale. This time, I’m unsure on just who to blame here. The MC seems to have gotten herself into this mess by sticking her nose into business that doesn’t belong. That leads her to getting kidnapped, tortured, and maybe even raped? I’m not sure about that last bit. But, the unspeakable horror comes at the very end. I was wondering where all this was going with the mentions about her brother. Another hair raising story. Just don’t take this one lightly.
“A View” is a read that reminds me of something that I think about constantly, and talk to people about on a regular basis. If a character doesn’t do this particular action, would we actually have a story? This is one of those cases. If our MC, with a very distinctive body…modification, wouldn’t have tried to satisfy his curiosity, would the ending of the story be different. There are so many questions that I have that I want answered, and I’m not going to find them in these pages.