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The characters seem very real and add to the story. The location is mixed well into the story so that I could feel like I was there.
I’m looking forward to reading more by Graves as he seems to be a first rate up and coming author.
The use of the hook up app brings the horror into a very contemporary age, as in, right at this very moment because let's face it and I include myself within this example, we all or we all know someone who constantly has their eyes glued onto a phone or tablet screen. A smart decision that also gives us perhaps an unintentional throwback to J-Horror trend of the late 90's to early 00's. If we're able to have all the world's information at our fingertips, why not have all the world's horror at our fingertips too?
The best thing about this concept is that it allows an exploration into all sorts of different characters and situations, Simon shows a great versatility when it comes to characterisation through the use of subtle writing differences to highlight a specific attribute, for example, one character is extremely narcissistic, so the constant use of the characters name within the descriptive strongly conveys this narcissism. Simon also knows to balance visceral horror with psychological horror and that's something that I appreciate as a reader, it shows that there's something for everyone and that's something we unfortunately don't see enough of when it comes to contemporary horror work.
You can clearly tell that Simon is a big fan of horror from the Lovecraftian tone of 'First Time' to the Stephen King inspired 'Burned Before' (which was one of my favourite ones) to even re-imagining a classic urban legend in 'Hook Up'. The small details interjected into each short that can only come from an experience with a back-catalogue of horror works of all different spectrums.
What I found most appealing about this collection is the interjection of very real LGBT issues. Obviously we don't all deal with ghosts and demons within our everyday lives but the internal and external terrors of homophobia, repression. isolation and lonesomeness, to name a few are very real and very present. Supernatural horror is a very present theme that spans across the twelve stories and it's an effective one at that but Simon also manages to include the horror of human cruelty that we've all experienced.
Although a lot of criticism from short stories comes from disconnection, that isn't a case with Simon's work as the inclusion of a mainstream app allows you to have stories that are indirectly connected with one another while still remaining within the same universe. As is the case with any short story collection, some will personally stand out more than others but I found each story entertaining and ran at the perfect length to digest.
I connected clearly with the writing style used and the pacing worked to each tales advantage, none of the stories felt overtly rushed or drawn out, they ran their course naturally before progressing onto the next and my interest was kept to see where it'd end and the next entry would begin. Like I mentioned previously, Simon manages to interject little specified styles with each story which help to capture a true feel for what he's trying to portray.
To wrap it up (pun intended), these shorts have sold me as a fan of Simon's work and I look forward to the second collection of tales, Perhaps we'll have a 'FIND'M Xtra'?
As I’ve said before, such apps and websites are popular not only with the general population, but extremely so within the gay community. Very, very few of us can claim we don’t have such things on our phones right now, or have never before. I suppose that’s why the stories in Find’M work and are fun to devour; they’re easily relatable to gay horror freaks like myself who already know just how scary setting up a hookup can be!
A great thing is how different all the stories inside are. With a single plot device (the app, Find’M) I expected a sense of familiarity to arrive in the later tales, but that didn’t happen. Graves instead was smart enough to make sure we got a nice range of stories in the book, ranging from demons to slashers to werewolves. One of my favorites was the gay retelling of a “lover’s lane” urban legend.
Most of the stories are short enough to read on work breaks or short bus rides, as I did, making the book easy to eat up. There were a few instances when I felt like some of the stories felt rushed, but it mostly worked in favor of the tales.
All in all, do yourself a solid and check some of his work out. I became an instant fan and I’m sure you will too.
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