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Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales Paperback – May 2, 2012
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About the Author
Cameron Trost is a writer of strange, mysterious, and creepy tales about people just like you. He is the author of the collection, Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales, and the urban adventure and suspense novel, The Tunnel Runner. Rainforests, thunderstorms, and whisky are a few of his favourite things. He keeps a blog at: www.trostlibrary.blogspot.com
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What I liked about this book is how much the stories within reminded me of some of my favorite episodes of Twilight Zone and Tales From the Crypt. He has some tales with a kind of moral of the story ending, while some are just ironic. One of my favorite stories in the book "The Stench". This one is about a man with a really jerky neighbor and how he is finally dealt with. I don't want to give anything away but it has a great ending. The very first story in the anthology is called "Not to be Read" and reminds me a lot of the writing of Edgar Allen Poe. Another great thing about Trost's work is that in every single story I was sure I had predicted the outcome and every single time I was surprised and wrong. I love that.
The only thing I really didn't like about his stories are the fact that they are almost all cut off abruptly without any kind of resolution. In a way this is good because it leaves what happens next up to your imagination. So, it's not really a bad thing as much as it is a preference in writing style. I like to find out what happens next.
I give this one a 5 out of 5. Cameron Trost is a great writer that I would put up there with Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft. I think that the scariest parts of his books are the things you don't see or know as your imagination can send you to some dark and scary places. His stories are definitely the old fashioned kind to leave you peeking over your shoulder and retelling to your friends in the dark. I highly recommend this book to fans of the horror genre.
I could gripe if I wanted to. There were moments when the text wasn't as polished as it could be. Phrases like "all of a sudden" make an appearance too often. Sometimes there is "showing" instead of "telling". That is the only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five. I give an enthusiastic five stars to the ideas behind these engaging tales. Had the author written them five years into the future when he is bound to have an even firmer grasp on language and technique, I'm certain he'd be winning awards. Watch for this guy. Rarely do I read a collection of shorts and come away saying that I enjoyed every single story. Hoffman's Creeper is most definitely worth your while!