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- Print Length: 17 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GB2FOHU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Penumbras and Nightmares: Five Tiny Tales of Terror Kindle Edition
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Penumbras and Nightmares is worth every penny that I paid for. I happened to have made the mistake of reading the entire novella in one sitting, leaving me to regret that decision. The stories piqued my interest within the first few sentences, and I just couldn't put it down.
Each of the five stories harnesses a sense of darkness that is comparable to that of Richard Matheson, H.P Lovecraft, or Kathe Koja. Haynes' novella dives right into the story, but builds enough suspense to wish there were more once you have finished reading the five tiny tales.
Ultimately, these thirteen pages will haunt you – Haynes finds a way to tap into your inner psyche and will stay there.
P.S. No Suspects was my favorite.
I used to read a lot of Stephen King once upon a year ago, I even read some James Herbert and books of ghost stories by various authors. It's a genre which I'd more or less given up on though. These stories are short, they're just long enough to sell you the idea, to draw you in and leave you considering the before and after that you miss when reading these snippets. This works well, they all leave you thinking, the author I think is trying to light the fuse of imagination, then leave and wait for it to go bang. As there's five shorts in this volume I'll cover them separately.
This wasn't my favorite of the collection, it had a surreal quality to it. I enjoyed the first person perspective, I felt it offered a glimpse of madness, from the viewpoint of the person who is mad. I had to draw my own conclusion as to who she was and how she got there, but that worked for this story.
This was possibly my favorite. I love the idea of something happening with a mundane item, and you wondering whether the person is experiencing madness or a supernatural event. The description of the character wasn't particularly vivid, but the vagueness helped maintain the surreal feel of the story. Having been a video gamer for over thirty years I could almost imagine the various graphical representation of the mysterious character. I found the idea of 'the disquiet' intriguing and by the time I'd finished, I wanted to know what it was.
It's probably a fear of investigating serial killers that the killer might be watching and choosing to target the person investigating them. I liked the way this story played on that fear and the rhyming notes though simple, worked.
In this one, I got a sense of what 'sort' of thing was going on fairly early on. As a reader it's nice to get that satisfaction that you 'get' a story and I very quickly experienced that. What I liked was the twist, and the macabre, almost gruesome suggestion of what was to come. It left me asking myself if it was possible? If it WAS possible, how would it be possible? Probably my second favorite of the set this one. If you let yourself imagine the outcome, you could conjure up some fairly disturbing images in your head I think.
This was a fairly disturbing dark story. It reminded me of another short I read years ago where a similar kind of thing happened. I liked the build up and the way the character meets 'her' I think the author showed something of an understand of human needs, curiosity and psychology in how this was presented. The scientist in me suggests this final outcome is surprisingly realistic, given how human desire can be controlled and determined by biological and chemical factors.
All in all this was a great little lunch-time read. Not big on vivid descriptions, epic world-building or deep, deep characterization. The characters are fairly thin, but this isn't about that, it's about idea, ideas to confront your sensibilities and to fire your imagination - though in a dark way. It is a very short book, I wouldn't have felt happy rating this so positively if it was anything more than the minimum price it's been set at. As it stands the author has interesting ideas, writes well and conveys those ideas succinctly and accurately. I think at least three of these short stories could be developed and expanded into novella's or novels and would consider reading them if they were.
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