- File Size: 1461 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BLYR3UI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Silent Garden & Darker Places Kindle Edition
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That was a great move on my part.
The Silent Garden & Darker Places is written sophisticatedly, as Smith has proven with "Lodgings," but explores a new realm of the genre that evokes a fantastical curiosity and tantalizes with its deftly crafted tension and suspense. In a tweet: "The Silent Garden" provides such a fun and surreal reading experience with careful writing that keeps the collection grounded in horror.
While all the stories are interesting and each good, there are a few that I would especially look forward to as you read along:
The Silent Garden: Although not my personal favorite, this was definitely Smith's most effectively written piece that toes the line between being unsettling and whimsical masterfully.
Home Video: This was my personal favorite. Perhaps the least "horrific" of the lot, Home Video was such a detailed experience that oozes passion, almost a firsthand experience (as you'll learn a bit about in the Preface). This story's setting and characters could warrant a long-form piece of fiction that I would read without hesitation.
The Gallery: The character we see most of the story from is certainly relatable and the dynamic between him and the other key character in the story, in tandem with the premise and well-paced build-up, creates an intriguing page-turner, with a nod to one of the masters of horror literature, too.
For the low price tag, even in the realm of inexpensive independent Kindle e-books, this collection is not from the typical self-published independent author you might find when sifting through Amazon. Smith is approaching a league of his own that is fueled by his mature writing skills and continual curiosity of the "darker places" in this world.