It's been a sad month here at the Horror Corner; I have nothing this month that rated 5 stars. I did, however, have 3 books that rated a 4.5, so they take the stage for April. I'm adding in Night of the Wendigo, because it was so much fun. (Just click on the titles to see my reviews.)
Six Dead Spots was a freaky, surreal novella that will surely have the reader saying WTF was that?
Night of the Wendigo was a fun creature feature that surprised me in a lot of ways. This was simply a fun story that delivered the chills and the laughs. All with a nice, easly flowing writing style that makes you feel you're a part of the story.
Gregor Xane is currently one of my favorite indie authors. I had a blast with SIX DEAD SPOTS, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.
IT CAME FROM HELL AND SMASHED THE ANGELS is an original tale that is far too short but still manages to pack one hell of a punch. Several witty lines caught my attention, like "A carpet of bikers," and the simile regarding an old lady fainting. Xane has a knack for delivering powerful visuals while maintaining an economy of words. He's also a confusing son of a biscuit eater. Even though this story is only fourteen Kindle pages long, I had to discuss the ending with a friend before writing this review. As with SIX DEAD SPOTS, Xane doesn't hold the reader's hand. This is intelligent fiction with a splash of horror, gore, and bizarro that should please hardcore and casual readers alike.
The writing here is all aces, folks - a flawless read. I applaud Xane for his attention to the technical details. I'm gonna have to go with only four stars, though, because the segues in this piece are nonexistent. Xane jumps willy-nilly from one thing to another, and that gives the story a disjointed feel. Maybe a few more words tacked onto the word count could have smoothed out the transitions, but this is simply me being nit-picky.
In a Sumerian... in summation... whatever: IT CAME FROM HELL AND SMASHED THE ANGELS is a quick and brutal read from an author who really should write and publish more. I can think of far worse ordeals than being stuck on a deserted island with an ereader filled with Gregor Xane titles. Grab this one for free on Amazon then buy SIX DEAD SPOTS. If you're disappointed in either one, you and I probably can't be friends anymore. Just sayin'...
I'm not sure WTF was going on here, but I am sure that I liked it!
This was a dark novella served up with a dark sense of humor. At times I wasn't sure if the protagonist, Frank, was dreaming or awake. With sometimes surreal, sometimes a bit too real,and always disturbing imagery this story sucked me right in. It was as if I could not tear my eyes away. I guess I should be happy that my face even has eyes?
If you want to know what I mean by that, I guess you'll have to read this story. Recommended for fans of surreal,and at times, comedic dark fiction!