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Leave You Gutted
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2016
Short stories aren't usually my thing, simply because I like to get lost in a story and typically about the time I get to that place, a short story is over. But this collection had a lot of gems in it. Before I get in to that, I have to say that so many of these stories yet again explore the horror that is humanity, more often than the horror of monsters or make-believe. Humans are monsters, or at least we can be, and this book is a reminder of both the beauty and horror we possess. It begins with an achingly beautiful poem and takes you on a ride from there.
"Picking Splinters From a Sex Slave" by Brian Kirk is heartbreaking. In this day and age where everyone (even those who don't have children) are armchair generals in regards to parenting, this story is a super painful reminder that love and parenting is never easy and that you can never judge what someone chooses to do until you have placed yourself in their shoes.
"Water Thy Bones" by Mercedes M. Yardley explored a different kind of love, a dark love, an infatuation with what a person is within; a love for their bones. Beautifully written and fascinating, if not just a bit taboo.
"Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare" by John F.D. Taff quite literally broke my heart. The love and devotion good parents have for their children, and the desire of a child to branch out and explore the world he lives in could not have a more painful ending than this. My childhood came screaming back at me with all those small pleasures that meant so much as a child and it made me thankful that none of my adventures took me away from my parents.
"Hey, Little Sister" by Maria Alexander was a quick exploration into the intoxicating emotion of revenge that typically leaves us more than a little dissatisfied and often more broken than we originally were.
This book has something for every genre of horror-fan, or even for those who realize that life itself can be a horror, but still possesses something darkly beautiful as well.