- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Apex Publications (June 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981639089
- ISBN-13: 978-0981639086
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,046,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales Paperback – June 27, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is composed of two novellas (including the title story), a group of short stories, flash and micro pieces; and a single poem. Friel's shorter work is both sensitive and powerful, and many of them are eye-openers in terms of proving just how much a limited number of words can accomplish. "Orange and Golden" -- a Katrina-inspired tale of a survivor and a dog -- is especially upsetting and well-done. (And upsetting has become, for me, the gold standard of dark fiction, since so little of it actually scares me any more.) "Close Shave" was another piece that, brief as it is at just 58 words, packs a visceral punch and central image that is still surfacing in my imagination several days later. "Beach of Dreams," with its glorious and hallucinatory opening of monsters washed up on the beach of a South Pacific island, was another favorite and made for a strong introduction to the collection. And "The Sea Orphan" is a well-researched tale that did what I wouldn't have thought possible after that series of disappointing Disney movies -- made me interested in pirates.
Of course, "Mama's Boy" is at the collection's heart, even though it appears at the end. The story was a 2006 Bram Stoker finalist, and I finished it awed by Friel's courage as a writer. The story's subject matter of mother/son incest is nothing less than explosive. Friel tackles the topic with a difficult mix of sensitivity and frankness, with keen observations and often fearless language.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection is a masterpiece of horror and suspense. Some of it subtle, some more intense, but the stories, their lengths, and where they're situated in the book were very... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Rena Mason
Fran Friel is a writer I look up to. If I could bottle half of her skill, spell-weaving, tension, and plain raw horror - I would count myself lucky. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by johanna frappier