A Feast of Infinite Rot Kindle Edition
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A lone traveler happens upon a desolate inn on his journey through the New World. Inside he meets three strange people: a bent-over crone, a shy, mute girl, and a cackling village simpleton. Their price for letting him stay the night? Not coin, not anything in barter, but three tales. You see, the traveler is a story teller, and he's more than happy to spin a yarn or three from his many travels abroad in order to earn his keep. But with each tale the night grows darker, the strangers more agitated, and the traveler? He'll realize there's something not quite right about this inn on the edge of nowhere, and that a lie is still a lie no matter how much you've convinced yourself otherwise.
A Feast of Infinite Rot is great atmospheric horror that's more than the sum of its parts. The three tales our autonomous traveler tells his hosts aren't random ghost stories. Each is a twist on something the narrator has experienced, but they all tie in to an overall arc. This is more than a gathering of novelettes thrown together to fill out an anthology as they're intimately tied to not only the traveler, but the inn itself. As creepy as they are clever, each story furthers events along as our nameless, faceless storyteller does his best to entertain the occupants of the inn.
Van Wey uses a more formal and cozy style for this one, which lends an even chillier feel to the book. The writing flows, it's descriptive, and has a period quality to it, making the reader feel as if they're sitting among the four characters in front of the fire, listening while the storm rages outside. The stories are dark, detailed, well-paced, thoughtful, and delightfully cold and gruesome. This isn't a book of gratuitous gore and shock. It's a well-crafted decent into madness and black souls.
If you're looking for something that will send chills up and down your back, I highly recommend this one. It's bound to stick with you after you've turned the last page.
I would recommend this book to horror readers who enjoy a solid story and appreciate a good ending. The book just accelerates, gets better and better. I read it in one sitting.
Now off to read 'A Debt of Bacon' - my suggestion is, take a chance, I'm sure you'll enjoy *^_^*