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Darkest Hours Paperback – November 20, 2017
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The writing style is consistent, actually overly consistent at times as certain phrases were used a little too regularly across the stories. The 'type' of horror is not, however. The author appears to enjoy turning his attention to different ways to disgust or disturb. There is everything from the mundane fetish (Hair) to the supernatural night visitor (Long Man), and from the ridiculous satirical (Satanic Panic) to the not easily classifiable (Party Time) in Darkest Hours.
There are 15 stories in the collection. My favorites were Sabbatical, Long Man, and Hair. (Hair makes the list just because it utterly disgusted me. I admire any story that can make me have to resist the urge to gag when reading OR talking about it.) Most of the stories received a three or four star rating. There was only one story that I outright didn’t like, which was Fear and Grace. One, Economy These Days, was interesting because although I could see how it could be labeled as a certain type of horror short, I found it to be simply thought-provoking.
Although the stories vary dramatically in chosen subject, by the end of the collection, certain things make themselves known time and again. Specifically, smoking, heavy metal, and – oddly enough – academics. I’m sure people who are more into the literary dissection side of things will have fun picking apart the stories contained in Darkest Hours. I’m not one for doing that, though.
Mike Thorn’s Darkest Hours is contains the most diverse selection of stories that I’ve ever read from a single author. The story order was well chosen, providing a whirlwind of an experience. You could never really be sure what you were going to read next. Overall, if you’re a fan of horror short stories, you need to give Darkest Hours a try. You might very well just be missing out if you don’t.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
The opening story plays a sadistic game with the readers gross factor with Hair. Hair is a story for those readers who hate the sensation of hair in their mouth or stuck in the back of their throat. Thorn takes it to the extreme and I squirmed and gaged through the entire story.
Thorn showcases his intelligence with his use of strong verbs and paints scenes of masterpieces with his descriptions.
The Long Man is one of my favourite stories from the collection. This tale gives you, yet, another reason not to look in the mirror.
Darkest Hours is a strong, hard-hitting collection, which proves Mike Thorn's literary muscle is nothing to mess with.
I look forward to seeing what this author can create for his full-length novel.
From Remembering Absence: “Don’t ask me how long it’s been since I saw myself die,” When a story starts like this, you know you’re in for the ride. Thorn’s endings are always a special treat, consistent with captivating parting lines. Buy this collection. Thorn is a new voice for those who enjoy a quirky brand of horror.