Flowers & Kittens: Dark, Weird Stories by Russell A Mebane is a collectionof short stories that range from topics of love, philosophy, God andreligion, but the one thing all of the stories have in common is anelement of the bizarre. I didn't know what to expect going into readingthis book, but the synopsis and the title sounded interesting enough towarrant my interest and I usually enjoy short stories. Overall, I likedthe short and simple format of the books and the fact that each story is only a few pages and does not have to be read in any particularsequence. However, I found the stories themselves to be somewhatdisturbing. There were parts of it that I liked and found interesting,but overall the effect was disturbing, at least to me.
There were elements of surprise and surprise endings in some of thestories which reminded me of the O. Henry style of short stories,however I could never get past the plot and substance of the storiesthemselves. This is most certainly a book that would appeal to aselective audience, and perhaps is not designed for universal appeal. Ithink readers that enjoy the horror genre may enjoy these stories, butfor me they had a morbid, dark, and at times disturbing elementunderlying them that I simply could not thoroughly enjoy. For thisreason, unfortunately I am unable to give Flowers & Kittens: Dark,Weird Stories by Russell A Mebane a 4 or 5 star rating.