Written by: C. Robert Cargill
Published by: Harper Voyager
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing
This is a collection of short stories that illuminates the strange, humorous, fantastical, and downright diabolical that tantalize and terrorize us: demons, monsters, zombie dinosaurs, and Death itself.
First off I want to say when I got this book and read the back of it I laughed at the thought of a dinosaur zombie apocalypse, never thought of those three words together let alone as a story. I have always been a fan of short stories, I think it’s the best way to see if I’ll like a author. OK so here we go, I will give you my impression of each story. Let’s dive in and see what we find.
THE TOWN THAT WASN’T ANYMORE is an interesting possession story. The whole town is barely surviving and the dead keep stealing souls. Be interested to see if this could be turned into a full length novel.
WE ARE WHERE THE NIGHTMARES GO is an awesome horror take on Alice in Wonderland, I really liked this story. I use to dream of a door under my bed as a child and after reading this I’m glad I never went through it.
AS THEY CONTINUE TO FALL was a quick read. I wish there had of been more to it, it was to quick for me.
HELL CREEK was the story I was really looking forward to getting to. This was definitely an interesting take on a zombie apocalypse, I’ve never read anything like it. This is my favorite story in the whole book.
JAKE AND WILLY AT THE END OF THE WORLD this was a funny story about two friends arguing at the end of the world.
THE LAST JOB IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST is an ok story about talking to death before you die.
HELL THEY CALL HIM, THE SCREAMERS is an awesome and graphic story. Very descriptive on how people get skinned alive.
I AM THE NIGHT YOU SPEAK OF is another good story in this collection. Perfectly dark and twisted account of what a hungry demon does.
A CLEAN WHITE ROOM is an interesting story about a superintendent in a building on the edge of hell.
THE SOUL THIEF’S SON didn’t really hold my interest, but it is a sequel to a novel that I haven’t read; that’s probably why I couldn’t get into it.
Overall this collection was funny, scary, and stomach churning. I really love the cover art too, it gives off a Lovecraft feel. I’m planning on reading Queen of the Dark Things as soon as I can get it so The Soul Thief’s Son makes more sense to me.