I've always been a fan of horror-based short stories. When I was a kid I tore through all the Stephen King collections, like Night Shift and many otheI've always been a fan of horror-based short stories. When I was a kid I tore through all the Stephen King collections, like Night Shift and many others. Over the years though I've moved on to focus quite a bit of my reading time on longer, novel-sized fare. Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas marks my return to reading short stories, and after reading this collection, I remember why I am much more a fan of horror as a short-story form than in a novel.
The stories in the collection come from a varied group of quite talented writers, but all take place in a town called Pinebox, Texas. The setting is actually based on a game, but as I've never played the game I really don't have any comment on to how the two work in tandem with each other. What I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this book even without any additional knowledge of the setting. Each author used the rules of the setting that they were given beforehand quite well, however - and what we are presented with is a fairly disturbing set of stories that take place in one pretty messed up town that remains believable as a real place, even with each author's different take on the setting.
Absolutely recommended to any fans of short-form horror....more
Joan De La Haye's 'Shadows' is a well-crafted exploration of a group of damaged characters in South Africa who are involved in a very complicated webJoan De La Haye's 'Shadows' is a well-crafted exploration of a group of damaged characters in South Africa who are involved in a very complicated web of sex, love and murder. The intertwining stories of the characters, as well as the lurking demon's place in the devolution of the main character's psyche, made Shadows a fine page-turner.
On the other hand, the prominent inclusion of an incestual storyline was a bit much for me to stomach. While it did help to make the ending be a bit more strong, I feel some of those elements could have been left out. Then again, for a book about 'Shadows' this inclusion did do a fairly good job of having the shadows be reliant on personal, as well as external, demons....more