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Danse Macabre Paperback – November 9, 2016
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“A hunter’s moon glowers down on a grown-over graveyard. Its bloody light spills onto a pathway that snakes between cracked headstones like a ribbon of red moonlight.”
DOES THIS NOT SOUND SO AWESOME?!
There are so many unique elements to this little adventure. Written with an amazing amount of texture for being so short, this story introduces you to a little girl named Blue who seems to be doing a bit of the devils bidding as of recently. The chapters go backwards, but by a couple in you realize why and begin to think it’s a clever idea.
Since the story is so short the author has to work hard to make us connect with the characters and in this story she makes it seem so effortless. There is nothing scarier than creepy little kids and Blue is no exception. Her beautiful words paint the most dreary picture of this young girls life and what is left of it, in the end a horrible tragedy unfolding right in front of your eyes.
“The hunter’s moon glowers down. The little girl walks along the path. Her shadow stretches long behind her, and it is filled with death.”
ALL THESE LINES ARE JUST FROM PAGE ONE PEOPLE!!
The ending may have been a little bit predictable, only because I watch too much TV, but that didn’t matter to me because this short story was all about the journey, not the destination, and this journey was all around chilling. From what I can see, this is the only fictional piece that this author has published to date, but you can believe that I will be paying attention to this author, ready to gobble up anything else she puts down in print. 5/5 stars.
Danse Macabre is a dark fantasy novella, which perhaps slips over to the side of horror, set in a relatively modern world. The novella is stand-alone and does not utilize any characters or settings from any established book or series.
For lack of spoiler-y content, I’ll keep my description of the plot itself vague. The tale follows a young girl named Blue in a third person limited perspective. Blue is a tortured girl. She clings to dark memories which create both a hell within her own mind as well as propel her to take action. Each night she visits the cemetery, the graves of her loved ones, and the creature that waits for her there. But, as with all great short fiction, Blue isn’t quite who she appears to be and the ending presents a few fun twists that give the story a different angle when I thought back on it.
Laura’s writing is what surprised me most about this story and truly what propelled me to keep turning the pages. For an author whose only distinct (public) work is this novella, I was amazed at how brilliant it was. The writing is fluid, poetic, and the descriptions are vivid but not overdone. The tale was paced well with plenty of tension without lacking moments of calm and description. It was structured in an interesting way that worked well for me. I was already very pleased with the tale in the end, but Laura did a good job of adding more layers and depth by making the ending both satisfactory and adding twists that enriched the rest of the story.
Overall, I was very happy with Danse Macabre. It wasn’t a long read but the time I gave to the novella was well spent and has me hoping to read more from Laura Hughes in the future.
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Danse Macabre is Laura M Hughes's debut outing and at only 56 pages I was able to read this...Read more