Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery
Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery repackages Author Steve Stred’s first two releases, here for you, in one easy to digest offering. Taking his first short story (For Balder Walks) and his first short story anthology (The Fence: and Other Sordid Tales), and combining them, Steve has delivered a devastating mix of styles to truly work its way into your psyche.
12 Hymns of...more
The first story "For Balder Walks" had me hooked instantaneously then to be followed up with "Jim" that was unmistakably heartbreaking and spiritually dark, unfortunately for me I could relate to this story. I loved every word.
As the stories continued they got even more intriguing, they were dark, emotional and some brutal.
If I was forced to ...more
For Balder Walks is one of my favorites here. We follow Balder as he makes his way through a harsh, barren landscape with only his thoughts and memories to keep him company. He is traveling away from home and through a series of flashbacks we discover what has happened to his family. The author has done a great job creating the setting and atmosphere for this story. Eerie and unsettling!
The Stairs brings up the classic childhood fear of the ...more
Mr. Stred has coined a new sub-genre; let's call it "Bleak fantasy." Throughout this book, characters face different hardships (loss, sickness, rejection, fear...), and you root for them to get better, to solve their problems, to get by. Unfortunately, none of these things happen. "12 Hymns of Misery" (with capital M) is a pretty fricking accurate way to describe these stories. ...more
Steve is the author of three novels, a number of novellas and four collections.
He is proud to work with the Ladies of Horror Fiction to facilitate the Annual LOHF Writers Grant.
Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, ...more