I wish I could give this 2 1/2 stars, because unfortunately the promising writing style was just absolutely mauled by the overwhelming number of typos and grammatical errors. One or two is forgivable, more than a dozen is inexcusable.
As well, Mr. Upton relies far too much on the abrupt ending, which while very rarely can be effective when used with care, by the time I came across it the fourth or 5th time, it just began to seem a bit lazy. Part of the joy of a well executed short story, after all, is that it is such a complete bit of prose neatly wrapped in a small, satisfying package. Between these two distractions, it began to feel like every story read was like driving down an interesting road, but having to dodge innumerable potholes. Only to find the road ending abruptly at a cliff edge. Frustrating.
I will say, however, that I was left with enough of a sense of underlying talent that I'm not quite willing to give up on this author. After all, I don't know whether this was a collection of early, novice work before he found his true stride, or some other reason that would explain the above shortcomings.