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Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection Kindle Edition
Clockwork fairies, arachnid mothers, the Carnival Ghost...
The stories gathered here take the reader on a winding trip down a darkened road as the battery in your phone slowly dies. The threads of this collection weave a tale of wrong turns in the early morning hours, of faded photographs that don't quite fit one's memory, of dying monarchs and has-been superheroes.
In these pages, you will find the eerie, the grim, and the lost souls that wander the gloom. These stories were born of dark nights and cold drives and the certain knowledge that, as winter sets in and the nights grow longer, there's more out there in the darkness than the shadows let on...
Side Roads is a collection of short fiction from speculative fiction author Rachel A. Brune.
"A perfect mix of horror concepts and storytelling techniques executed with exquisite precision." --Michael G. Williams, author of A Fall in Autumn
"Looking for dark fantasy and horror that's beautifully written and full of memorable characters? Check out Rachel Brune's single author collection, Side Roads, for stories that range across genres and time periods, from horror to post-apocalyptic and beyond. Creepy and absorbing, these stories will stick with you for awhile and make you hungry for more." --Catherine Lundoff, Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
About the Author
- ASIN : B093P69RW3
- Publisher : Devil Tree Press (June 30, 2021)
- Publication date : June 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3275 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 147 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #300,518 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wander down these side roads - I dare you.
To speak about some of the standouts of the collection, I’ll start with the title story, “Side Roads.” It concerns a duo of monster hunters traveling the back the back-routes of America putting down nests of supernatural entities. I was immediately taken in by the love-hate partner dynamic and delighted when it took off in a wild and unexpected direction.
The unsettling tale, “Readers,” had some serious Farenhieght 451 vibes, and takes us to an unsettling near future where physical books are viewed as archaic detritus, not good for anything but disposal. Curtain to give anyone with a book collection the chills.
In “Terminal Leave,” Brune grounds the story in the here and now with not a trace of the supernatural, but the horror is thick and savage as it deals with grief, PTSD, spousal abuse, and racism. But what elevates it is how the two women characters form a fragile friendship bridging their differences in spite of or perhaps because of their own inner pain.
The final story in the collection takes on a more poignant tone but packs plenty of terror. “And Out Come the Wolves” is a novella-length story (or almost so) and depicts a post-apocalypse civilization collapsing under the weight of its own dogma, leaving a troop of soldiers in need of a more unusual means of survival in the hostile wilderness.
This is only a small selection, but be assured, every story possesses a strong, clear writing style and is as full as compassion as they are dread. Highly recommended.