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- Print Length: 263 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076XZ2D83
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Whites of Their Eyes: A Collection of Queer Horror Kindle Edition
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No... really. I don't do scary things. I believe most trailers for scary movies/shows are too much for cable television. I live on Disney. Not things that go bump in the night.
When I learned the final story, Flicker, would be something I could handle I was nervous and excited.
It broke me and moved me. Full of distress and sweetness and sorrow and hope. I wanted more of the story. Of their story. Because even in this short piece of writing, the characters are larger than life. They could fill a novel the way they fill your soul in so few words.
I may not be able to read the others, but this story alone is worth having. I can only imagine how brilliant the rest of the collection is.
Xen is an author who writes diverse stories which, irrespective of genre, focusses on the real struggles marginalised people face. And his foray into the world of horror gave me chills: his writing voice has a hypnotic pull, creating an eerie atmosphere and situations where I broke out in goose-bumps. One story resulted in me literally shouting RUN, yet another had me reaching for the tissues, and that’s why I love his writing—he has a supreme capability of bringing out the feelings you’re least expecting.
“Why sometimes to survive, it was necessary to lie.”
The four stories told in The Whites of Their Eyes make for an all round gripping read representing several demographics and, thankfully, the horror didn’t leave me a quivering wreck, more unnerved and spooked, and at times hurting just the right amount. To quote the author ”These are stories I almost didn’t write”.
I for one am so glad he did.
Inverse and Mouth were the lengthier of the four, which the author shamelessly used to his advantage to lure us into his characters' worlds and make us fall in love with them - right before he ruthlessly annihialated any chance of their happiness in this life or the next.
In Inverse, the tension between the two newlywerds was so palapable - and the point of contention so close to home for me personally - that I was as desperate as Silvino to make amends with Scott before it was too late.
And in Mouth, just like Kane when he laid eyes on Michio, I fell instantly and quietly in love - and promptly fell into despair knowing there would be no happy ending for the two young lovers. It nearly broke my heart but I could not for the life of me put the book down till I learned of their cruel fate.
Even though Kane and Michio stole my heart, the story that stole my breath (and the show for me) featured an unnamed elderly couple's desperately bargaining with Death before the final surrender. Flicker proved to be the perfect close to this dark collection - a gentle sigh in the cruel, cold night.
If you're in the mood for some queer, diverse horror (and why wouldn't you be?), I highly recommend TWOTE.
So, take that ability to challenge, remove the HEA, and crank the 'oh crap' knob to 11, and there you go. (People who know me won't be surprised that the last story, "flicker," is my favorite of these three tales.)