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If you've enjoyed other Kilborn/Konrath stories (many of which I read from the author's website some time ago) and have a stomach for gore, torture and squirmy situations, you'll enjoy these stories.
The best part of this read was the fact that no matter if you have 5 minutes to kill or a couple of hours there is a story the perfect length for any situation. If you enjoy the horror genre then you should love this collection of horror stories, but I should warn you that there are a few that are certainly not for the squeamish.
I cannot wait to read other titles by this particular author (or is it authors?). Luckily, he has plenty more out there! Now I just have to decide which great title or collection will be next.
Then there are the times when the aspirant stumbles across someone that he very much wants to emulate.
As a writer who's just started making his first successful insertions into the publishing industry, J.A. Konrath is one of those latter examples to me.
Konrath is excellent at creating stories that are short and effective, with easy language that makes for quick pacing. "Mr. Pull Ups" was easily one of the most original and disturbing pieces I've read in a long time, while his flash-fiction is lunchtime reading at its best. Konrath's use of humor to both dilute and enhance the content of his stories is very unique and well-done, with "Shapeshifters Anonymous" being my personal favorite.
A word of caution, as Konrath does on occasion - and he admits it himself - stray into some territory that is in very poor taste. Installments such as "Trailer Sucks" and "The Confession" are not there to be read by just anyone, and can dip into details that may even be considered ethically irresponsible to print. But that is a debate for another venue.
On the whole, Kilborn/Konrath presents a consistently original and witty collection of work. To anyone who's become jaded with the poor quality of today's ghoulish stories, or if you're like me and looking to be inspired to hold your own work to a higher standard, then his collection of Horror Stories is for you.