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Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's suggestion that we "...search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows," author Tristan Shaw has sketched a collection of morbid and darkly-humored tales about history's "forgotten lives."

Over the course of ten fictional stories, the members of Shaw's rogues' gallery suffer alienation, madne
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Kindle Edition, 92 pages
Published September 23rd 2019
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Shane Blackheart
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Forgotten Lives by Tristan Shaw is a collection of short stories ranging from bizarre to horrific, and throughout all of the strangeness, there is dark humor to be had. This review contains many spoilers as there was much to critique, and it's also a bit long due to this.

I enjoyed the campy feel of "The World's Tallest Dwarf," similar to reading short story collections like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." The story is essentially about a dwarf who works in a carnival freak show, and he’s le
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Ellie Mitchell
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
~About

Forgotten Lives is a collection of dark and somewhat unusual stories, exploring freakshow jealousy, cults, the paranormal, and more. Each tale is unique, exploring a different subject or theme.


~My favourite stories were:

.Hagiography of a Corpse, which I found oddly moving in a profound way.
.Waiting, as it was bittersweet and full of emotion.
.A Gourmet’s Confession, as it was very sinister, with a main character that had a strong personality.
.Nostalgia, being a very poignant story about how
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andrew orillion
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There's no overall theme, so the stories and tone are a mishmash. The best stories are toward the end. It's not the best short story collection I've ever read, but it's a good start. I'd like to see more from this writer in the future. ...more
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