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Dead Letter Depot: A Collection Of Short Stories To Kill Yourself To Paperback – January 8, 2014
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Scott Lefebvre can write about whatever you want him to write about. Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library. His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft. He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island, and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart. He is currently working on ten novel-length book projects which will be released in 2014. He also publishes themed collections of interviews from his interview blog You Are Entitled To My Opinion. His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine. He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces electronic music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK. He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project. Check out the blog for the book here: theendoftheworldisnighbook.blogspot.com Check out the Facebook Fan Page for the project here: www.facebook.com/TheEndOfTheWorldIsNighBook Check his author profile at: www.amazon.com/Scott-Lefebvre/e/B001TQ2W9G Follow him at GoodReads here: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1617246.Scott_Lefebvre Check out his publishing imprint Burnt Offerings Books here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burnt-Offerings-Books/1408858196016246 And here: http://burntofferingsbooks.blogspot.com/ Check out his electronic music here: soundcloud.com/master_control And here: master-control.bandcamp.com Check out his videos at: www.youtube.com/user/doctornapoleon Check out his IMDB profile here: www.imdb.com/name/nm3678959 Follow his Twitter here: twitter.com/TheLefebvre or @TheLefebvre Follow his Tumblr here: thelefebvre.tumblr.com Check out his Etsy here: www.etsy.com/shop/ScottLefebvreArt Join the group for The Arkham Film Society here: www.facebook.com/groups/arkhamscreenings Stalk his Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheLefebvre E-mail him at: Scott_Lefebvre@hotmail.com
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In this grab bag of tales, shorts, intros, extracts and miscellaneous paths-less-travelled, that's the core message that keeps coming back, again and again. Scott can write.
It is, as the full title suggests, horror. Specifically (though not exclusively) apocalyptic horror. Scott has done some thinking about how the work might end, and how those they may remain will react to that ending, and across the pages of this anthology, he walks us through it - the desperation, the lethargy, the isolation, and yes, of course the fear - though it's telling that we're often as scared of Scott's protagonists as we are the world they have inherited.
It starts with 'Whimper' - a really fine stand alone tale, but also one that sets up so well the themes Scott will wrestle with throughout the book.
'Where werewolves come from' is my favorite in the collection, and worth the price of admission on it's own - a series of vignettes, connected by a common thread that you feel, even if you can't fully articulate it. This is a stunning meditation on people, and the walls of flesh and mind that separate us all from each other.
The chapter extracts stand up well, but inevitably suffer from being dislocated from their wider narratives, especially, for me, the chapter from 'The End of the World Is Nigh'.
'Braindead' manages to be a genuinely disturbing alternate take on the events of 'Whimper' - A Bachman vision, as opposed to King, if you can dig it - and the R/T/M intro made a useful pairing, in that it gave fair warning at to where that book is likely to go, should you be brave enough to attempt it.
And finally 'Till Death Us Do Part' takes the premise of the movie 'Warm Bodies' and turns it into the gut-wrencher it always should have been. I'm so impressed with how Scott made this one work. Fine stuff.
This is not a perfect collection. The grab-bag nature of it precludes that. But the best stuff is very very good indeed, and across the piece you catch sight of real talent sweating blood to realize a vision. Scott has a clear and distinct narrative voice (albeit with capacity for variation, as the last couple of entries in this collection show), an unflinching eye, and is fully prepared to shed harsh light on the darkest recesses of the human condition.
I can't wait to see what he does next.