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- Print Length: 217 pages
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- Publisher: Jordan R. Anderson (December 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078HNTVZQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While The Things That Grow With Us was more science fiction driven horror, Anderson focuses more on cosmic, paranormal, and primordial horror in For A Glimpse Beyond the Terminus. Each story is different than the last, fueled by a plethora of different driven protagonists with several motivations: sexual, terror, strange curiosity, and so forth.
My favorite story in this collection is "Under and In and So It All Begins," while "Master" is a close second.
Usually with short story collections, they end up being a bit of mixed bag, with some excellent stories, some mediocre ones and one or two that are not so great. With For A Glimpse Beyond The Terminus, none of the stories really fell into the latter category – some stories were excellent, some were mediocre, but there wasn’t a single one that I didn’t like.
“The Midnight Baby” and “Master” were my two favorite stories in the collection. I also really liked the plot of “The Harem Within” and how it was executed. Perhaps my least favorite was “Under and In and So It All Begins”, but several other reviewers mentioned that as their favortie, which just shows you can’t argue with taste.
Author Jordan R. Anderson has the uncanny ability to sketch his character’s personality in a matter of minutes, like a painter bringing a portrait to life in just a few brushstrokes, and he masterfully creates an eerie, unsettling atmosphere in all of his stories.
I just finished this one, and I’m already looking forward to the next collection! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
My favorite story in this book was Under And In And So It All Begins. This story is simply enough about the beginning of the apocalypse. It all starts with a recently divorced man who is down on his luck and just happens to have a portal to another dimension under his car. What makes this interesting is it's like two stories in one. In the beginning it's just a man who is dealing with his own depression over his failed marriage, he finds an opportunity to be a hero but everything goes horribly wrong. The end of this story turns out to be an all out gore fest. As simple as it was my favorite part of this story was when the man decides to go into the other dimension in order to save a life and he wonders what his ex-wife would think of him now. He's doing what he needs to do and wants to be a hero but the despair over his wife divorcing him never leaves his thoughts. This story had a real Lovecraft feel to it with an awesome ending.
Another story I really liked was The Harem Within. You have to give this story points for originality. The star of it is a sexually awkward man who has a unique power. When he finally has the opportunity to have sex with someone he absorbs them into his body and the victim lives inside of him. His new power turns him into an addict and he wants to take as many souls as he can. I enjoyed the concept here and how the main character keeps referring to himself as a fiend. I love how the character sees himself at the end and the reader is left to wonder was he really a fiend? Or was he just a lonely man with no idea what was happening to him.
For a Glimpse Beyond the Terminus was a mixed bag for me. The book has the feel of being written by someone who hasn't been professionally writing for very long. There are some great ideas and content here but some situations and settings get over described which takes you out of the story. That being said I found the book entertaining and thought there were some great concepts and good content here. Jordan shows he has a passion for writing horror and I think his writing will get better in the future. I 'm looking forward to seeing what he will write about next.
The nine stories in "Beyond the Terminus,"tell tales of death. A man eats the souls of those he makes love to, another escapes his miserable life for the apocalypse of another dimension.
Blood gut and ruin, the perfect tropes of the storyteller.
Short story writing is a unique art in that the author has less than 8000 words to write a fully standing story.
This can be a frustrating endeavor so it makes me happy writers like Anderson are accomplishing much with it. I look forward to reading more of his work as he publishes it.