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Nightmare Yearnings Kindle Edition
A thrill-seeker studies a language learned through close encounters with death. A flock of extinct birds haunt a grieving woman for reasons unknown. A boy participates in a public access cannibal cooking show to win his family's love. A couple panics when Mothman shows up to their slice of rural paradise with omens in tow. In his debut short story collection, Eric Raglin presents sixteen queer and weird horror stories.
- ASIN : B0923DWQNQ
- Publisher : Eric Raglin; 1st edition (September 4, 2021)
- Publication date : September 4, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1164 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 185 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,701 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Raglin understands how to distill a story to its core elements, forcing the reader to focus on the pieces that make the story truly scary without having to wade through anything superfluous to get there. The end result is sixteen stories that will all make you feel. Every one. Sure, some might make you feel afraid to turn the light off at night. Some might make you feel nervous about visiting Spain. Some might make you feel a little hesitant about what those birds outside your window are really up to. Some might make you feel all kind of ways about drain cleaner.
But they’ll make you feel.
Nightmare Yearnings is not shy about embracing the weird either. “Mother’s Tongue” lets you know the kind of thing you’re in for right off the bat. It’s followed by “Ivory”, one of my favorites from the book. Equal parts creepy and fantastic, it sinks its talons into the reader, drawing them in for the remainder of the ride.
Stories like “Gray Matter” and “For My Final Girl” stand on their own, but benefit immensely from Raglin’s author notes at the end, providing insight into what went into writing the piece, as well as where you might have seen it appear before. Putting these at the end of the book allows readers to learn a little more without risking spoilers.
Story collections rarely earn five stars from me. By their nature, they are striking diverse tones and attempting to appeal to a wide audience, often ending up uneven. Nightmare Yearnings brings sixteen stories to the table over the course of 190 pages and never drags for a moment. While I enjoyed every story on some level, some of my favorites not yet mentioned included “Under the Hoof, Upon the Horns”, “Lockdown”, “Smaller”, and “When Mothman Came to Queer Lake”.
If you consider yourself a fan of short fiction, or if you’d like to see what can be done in the medium, I can’t recommend Nightmare Yearnings highly enough.
I received a copy from the author for review consideration.
I rated this debut collection 5 stars. i also bought a copy to be able to leave a review on Amazon since would only let verified purchases do so.
So now I am left wondering if the world has places that are constantly thin, or if we are responsible for every spot created, every time. The needs for each breach to be successful would be varied in terms of acknowledgment and price required, but holy poop could I be on to something?! A favorite.
Out of all the shorts in this collection this is one that I read and enjoyed but don’t really have any thoughts on.
Have you ever read/watched a scene of horror so well done that you can only describe the reaction as being in the realm of delicious? Think splinter in the eye a la Zombi 2 (1979), this short will cause a flinch, a drawing back in defense of oneself. A favorite.
I can’t help but see an evil store of any type in literature, think of Bentley Little and smile. This sadly hits a little too close to home for many.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman had new gods, ones brought into being by people’s need. I believe internet was one of them, I’m too lazy to go to the other room to grab my copy atm. Interesting concept, because humans have tons of unhealthy coping mechanisms for basically anything. What could we create without *really* wanting to? A favorite.
THE LORD ABOVE
So most fantasy/supernatural stories have hierarchies for the bloodsuckers right? So those big sprawling complexes would be the goal, living the life of luxury (in theory) less chance of being noticed if draining from a larger pond.
UNDER THE HOOF, UNDER THE HORNS
There is a line in this short that is, imo, ‘metal as f*’, but I don’t want to repeat it here and ruin it organically crossing your gaze, because when it hits, man the story just comes together. It gives it this aching weight, like a bruise that also is somehow scooped out? Can’t describe it well enough, but you’ll understand.
FOR MY FINAL GIRL
Brilliant. In any genre there is room to tweak and twist things just a hair and create something wholly new. A favorite.
Is this one that would strike as much fear in a non-American? In the way that I noticed Japanese say suffered brain death, instead of braid dead, in the horror novels I have, is this a way to know you are reading an American story?
TOP 5 GHOSTS CAUGHT ON CAMERA
I thought this short was chef’s kiss! I felt uneasy right away, knowing that the worst was to come made the tension building painful to endure. And the delivery, when it came, not prepared dude. Seasoned horror reader, still hits hard. Top favorite.
REMI ROOK THE CANNIBAL COOK
Give me more of this universe, please and thank you. I am not sharing anything on purpose, just the title should give you enough clues. A favorite.
MY BETTER HALF
insert 'The audacity of this *' meme. A favorite.
Celebrities may go the whole pregnancy and birth before alerting anyone there is a baby, boy or girl. Then you have Amy and Allen buying pounds of explosives to let all their neighbor/cousins know if number five is going to drive a tractor or be a ballerina (because those are only for a boy or a girl respectively, duh). This was so fun to read.
What We Do in the Shadows has an energy vampire by the name of Collin Robinson, hilarious character. This struck me as a type of stealing from another being, but not by choice of either party.
GHOST OF THE OCEAN
Interesting but also dangerous feeling. No good deed goes unpunished was a saying my parents raised me on, it’s not one I agree with, but in some situations caution has to be the dominating emotion, right? But what if?
WHEN THE MOTHMAN CAME TO QUEER LAKE
I’ll admit that Mothman never really graced my mind from the cryptid stockpile, so I didn’t really know his shtick until this short. Now I stan him and feel that he deserves all the love and support his poor shoulders could handle.