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S. Elliot Brandis’ “Bloom” – On an island where there’s a particular religion based around appeasing the gods, Elina is a young teen who participates in a village ceremony where one of their age group is sacrificed to the ocean. Elina has survived this time but has many questions about the entire mysterious process. Meeting an elder who shares secrets of their culture, Elina discovers that not is all that it seems to be. What she does with that knowledge propels her to make some choices, enrapturing us in the story as is hurtles into an unexpected and startling conclusion filled with breathtaking wonder and troubling answers.
Hank Garner’s “The Hereafter” – Daryl is an ambitious television reporter sent across America debunking local superstitions and his segments are extremely popular throughout the country. Aided by his cameraman Eddie, he reaches his next destination of Weston, Mississippi to investigate a haunted swamp. Even though the locals share the terrifying tale of the ghosts roaming there, as well as their origins, he remains undeterred. But what does he truly expect to find there and is it a hoax or something more? A lighthearted romp that eventually takes dark and disturbing turns into spine-tingling territory and unimagined, eye-opening terrors that shock you by the end.
Daniel Arthur Smith’s “Eye in the Sky” – Kelly is a traffic reporter, hovering over New York City in his helicopter when a dark cloud blows in spewing lightning everywhere, centered on the Empire State Building. As he moves closer, he notices a ball of energy writhing above the observation deck. What in the world is going on here?!?! What happens next is a compelling and intriguing tale as the fallout of what Kelly is witnessing will have ramifications for the entire city while putting his life in severe jeopardy! This also forms another piece of the larger picture the author is weaving together, especially connecting with stories from Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 2.
Jon Frater’s “Sole Survivor” – Jeff has been hiding on the third floor of his workplace by himself, having hunkered down there for the past few weeks after an apocalypse has struck. Having seen how others tried to escape the city and failed, he wonders how he will survive what lurks outside. Pondering what his eventual fate will be, something happens that will change his life forever. Jeff is a disquieting character who has some amusing and perceptive insights about the no-win scenario that he currently lives in. Combine his character and this unusual situation and you get a jolting short story filled with unanticipated shifts when you least expect it.
This is another fantastic collection of foreboding tales that grip you, scare you and make your blood run cold with the unleashed terror and panic they cause.
Please note I was given a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a review. A favorable review was never expected or asked for, only an honest one.
In Bloom, exotic and mysterious, S. Elliot Brandis examines a society based on a belief system that seems both familiar and foreign, comforting and cruel. It is a folk tale detective sacrifice story, and a good one. I adore Brandis' descriptions! Two words become a complete picture. And when he gets going, one paragraph can be gripping.
Hank Garner covers territory in The Hereafter—geographical, meteorological and social—familiar to this Alabama native. My being from the Deep South means his story's location and language make me so comfortable that, even with the foreshadowing, the horror ending is ... I guess "enhanced" is the closest I can come right now. He does dialogue so well, giving each speaker a unique vocabulary and voice.There's a parallel between Yankee-in-Dixie and Human-in-Haunted-Land in this story. The violence is mostly implied or from the distant past; the current ruckus is brief and final.
In Eye in the Sky, by Daniel Arthur Smith, the tentacles are high kilowatt affairs and blue is everywhere ... until it's black. Smith's clean, tight writing delivers a jolt (ahem). As usual with his stories, he places the reader within the setting. This time, we get to be in a helicopter far above the streets of New York City. But that's not the dizzying part; wait 'til you get to the arm of liquid chrome, the lifting lightning bolt . . . and those blue eyes.
It is good to read something by Jon Frater again. His story, Sole Survivor, is descriptive of place and antagonist. It doesn't take long for a person to lose hope when all life has broken into fragments. Hold onto your supper; you'll read of two-ton bloodworms, red ooze, and Sam. It's as if Nevil Shute had written short horror.
All four third-person stories are engaging and give the reader the option of thinking about their underlying themes. This is excellent writing. Get this book. Plan to read just one. Let me know how that goes.
Bloom is a wonderful mythic tale... Of a island people's and their belief and the magic powered by the ocean...
And wow, Hank Garner's new story The Hereafter fuels the mystery and magic that is Weston MS. ..."The old timers used to say that some places were closer to the other world than others."
Sole Survivor is the final story in this collection. And about Jeff and his friend Sam...
So add a little creepy to your day and pick up this series...
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Each story is self-contained and perfectly startling.