Pandora's Children Book 3: Death Bleeds Into Life Kindle Edition
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My enjoyment of each story varied, based on both theme and style. I thought `A Matter of Faith, A Matter of Balance' had the tightest narrative, but the inspiration for the story was the most disturbing for me. Of the four I liked `The Transfer' least, the plot was fairly transparent and the ending made my skin crawl, but not in a good way. `Madame Penitent' reminded me of Steven King's early short stories with a young man on a road trip, encountering a strange building on a deserted road. The plot of `Just Meat' is closest to a traditional ghost story and I thought the idea was interesting but the execution could have been a little less sentimental.
In general, this is a well written collection of short stories that are as darkly entertaining as they are discomforting. Convissar's enthusiasm for his craft is evident in his introduction and I think he achieves his goal of writing engaging short stories that rely on psychological manipulation of perception more than descriptive shock value, in each instance. The tone and content makes these stories more suitable for an adult audience, and likely more appealing to a male reader. Pandora's Children Book 3 is a quick read that delivers the dark chills it promises, I can only hope the stories of Death Bleeds Into Life don't surface in my nightmares.
I would start with this book (#3) just because it provides the best introduction to this up and coming author. Book#2 is just as great, with Book#1 a close second. The author has an additional book for free on his Smashwords page called Dark Interludes. To anyone who loves horror in the style of Stephen King or the other greats in the business, I would strongly recommend this author.
(purchased at Smashwords)