- File Size: 1621 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Myrddin Publishing Group (October 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009O51FZ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book opens with the poem "Mmmm," a commentary on life by a man who wishes that he could 'DO' instead of just 'going with the flow' but lethargy owns him--he's unable to make the effort.
The first short tale is "I am Death". It details a day in the life of the Grim Reaper. The Grim Reaper has been at his job for quite a while now, and is becoming rather bored with with it. Death writes bad poetry--"To live is to die, To smile is to cry"--and knows in his heart he should stick to his day job and leave poetry to those with, well, a soul.
This book is full of little snippets and jewels of dark prose and self-mocking humor. "This Night", a poem that sheds a little light into the authors own psyche, showing us the anxiety that lurks just below the surface of our precarious modern lives. "This night is safe. This night..."
"Dark Places", a longer tale, details the mental state of a man who finds himself. Literally.
"The Last Dance" is one of the shorter pieces, but is incredibly moving.
"Patient Solitude" details love, loss, two men and living with the memories of one woman's last moments.
All through this book, interspersed with the horror, is the shockingly honest humor that Shaun Allan is famous for, shedding light on our own fears and frailties.
But my FAVORITE tale is the creepy, "House on the Moor." Let's just say it brings a new level to the dangers of dipping into the real estate market.
I've been a fan of Allan's since I first read his monster-piece, "Sin", a deep, dark novel of one man's madness. Allan's prose is beautiful and harsh, opening doors into our own psyche we may wish we'd never entered. All in all, this is an excellent book for a cold winter's day, safe by your fire with a cup of cocoa.
Of the twenty-six stories, I only connected with two of them: The Last Dance, Patient Solitude. Excellent stories.
The others were either too long or much too bizarre. I found phrases which didn’t make sense or there were missing words: “I didn’t eat much of my tea?” A bit confusing.
Overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea, but I’m sure there’s a perfect audience for this work.
This collection of dark stories and poems takes you on a journey into fear, madness, evil and death. Each piece is superbly written and takes you into the mind of each character, showing you first-hand how their emotions, thoughts, deeds and misdeeds fuel their mentalities and actions. The descriptive passages create fabulous imagery - you can close your eyes and see wherever Allan takes you - yet it's not overdone.
The author's portrayal of death could lead you to believe he'd actually experienced it - thankfully he's still very much among the living - and his perception of that part of our lives which most of us dread would perhaps give hope that something does exist for us when we shuffle or are dragged kicking and screaming from this world.
If you like horror and you liked Sin, you will love this and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it (especially as the final story in this collection is about Sin's sister, Joy)! Worth every penny, or tuppence, if you know what I mean!
I've read Dark Places twice so far and it's worth it to read just once. You'll never be the same. (That's a good thing, in case you couldn't tell.) The part I most recommend is 'The House on the Moor', but don't you dare skip over everything else to read it. Everything is amazing, of course, since we're talking about Mr. Shaun Allan here, but that one... It definitely scared me. This is horror at its best.
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