How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (Necon Modern Horror Book 9) Kindle Edition
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I’m an engineer, so I’m pretty impervious to poetry. I don’t feel like I’m a good judge of it, and therefore don’t think it appropriate for me to review the poetry in this collection in any real depth. But the flash fiction is steady and fun throughout. “Dust to Dust” is a nice short story about how life is hell, but singing bones is heaven. “Am I Repeating Myself?” is a great bit of corporate technology hell.
Addison’s poetry is somehow simultaneously visceral and melodic. Her command of meter is ideal for dark poetry and the resulting work is a dimly lit path you feel compelled to follow. Lulled by the seductive syntax of the verse, it is only at the end of the poem that you realize the character you’ve been following has come to grief.
The short stories in this book are varied in their scope. Some combine a subtle horror with conjure magic that reminds me of my own childhood. Other stories fuse science fiction elements into the horror for a tale that feels shockingly like a premonition of the not-so distant future. Read it all at once, or read it in sections, taking time to digest each tale. Just make sure you read it.