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There's a few tales you read that really stick with you long after you stop turning the pages. And BLOODYBONES is one such tale. The concept is simple enough but the authors writing elevates this ghost story into something that digs in to you deep and shakes you up. It's scary. It's creepy. It's emotional.
I highly recommend this collection. The author is from my state of Michigan, so kudos for that! :)
WHISPERED ECHOES, by Paul F. Olson is a collection of eleven previously published stories, and one new novella. In the introduction, it states that this title was "meant to evoke long-lost voices from the past" . While this is true of many of Olson's earlier stories, it also pertains to the "style" of the writing itself. These stories aren't the gore-infused "splatter punk" that we see more of lately, but rather give off a more "old-fashioned" sense of horror. Whether this is merely implied, or shown through the senses of a tale's character, the reaction is just as potent emotionally and mentally to the individual reader.
In most collections, I'm satisfied if about half of the stories strike a chord with me. In WHISPERED ECHOES, I can honestly say that I found nearly all of them genuinely impressive.
". . . I'm finding it harder to believe there's any such thing as right or wrong left anymore. Different . . . I think that says it best." (Taken from "The More Things Change").
Some of my personal favorites were:
--"The Visitor": A great story to start off the collection! In Patterson Falls, there's a "little man" who takes a room there each year from October first until early November. Unfortunately, accidents seem to follow in his wake . . . ". . . I felt a very palpable sense of impending trouble gathering in my chest . . . "
--"Homecoming": This was a brilliant story that I never saw the end to. When Beckett notices a fourteen-year-old boy at a road side bar, his cryptic comments of: "She had no right" , start setting off alarm bells.
--"They Came From the Suburbs": A chilling piece about the "obsession" shopping in the mall becomes for people who have nothing better to do in life . . . and maybe death. . .
--"Guides": The best fisherman guide in town begins coming home empty-handed on each of his trips out to sea. "Something happened to him . . . something had changed . . . almost like he was doomed . . . "
--"Down the Valley Wild": Donnie Stewart returns to the cabin his father used to take them to, in order to face memories of his long-gone brother, Dale. ". . . He wasn't sure if he still wanted to keep the memory at bay or not, but it was too late for such distinctions. Choice was not a factor. Free will, if it had ever existed, was gone . . . " **This was probably my favorite story in the collection, second only to the novella "Bloodybones". It was a deeply emotive, literary story full of memories--both good and bad--acceptance, sorrow, and of course, horror.**
"All debts must be paid."
--"Bloodybones": This is the new novella included in this collection for the first time. After his girlfriend, Amy's, disappearance six months prior, David visits the lighthouse she used to live in. A surprise meeting with Amy's sister, Karen, begins to unearth some of the mystery--and messages--each may have been receiving . . .
"Bloodybones is walking . . . He's here . . . "
"How do you explain getting a phone call from a woman who has been gone . . . for over six months?"
Overall, a fantastic collection of horror stories that will have you running the gauntlet of emotions.
"The things I don't understand are the only things I'm sure of." (Taken from "Bloodybones").
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