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Sorry for my lack of anything. I was on vacation and intended to do so many things and did none of them. I had fun in the real world though. Now, back to my regularly scheduled thoughtless reviews:
This is a collection of little short stories or as they’re better known “flash fiction”. There are 23 of them and when I realized how short they were I have to admit I was super worried that they’d be a waste of my time. I mean, I have trouble with a lack of a complete story in a novella, never mind a story that is only 2 pages or so! But once I started reading them I was no longer worried. These stories are eerie, creepy, sinister, sometimes bleak or funny and always creative and best of all they are COMPLETE! One or two even almost made me get teary. How the author managed to do that with so few words is beyond me but I’m glad he did and I can easily recommend it for any weird fiction and horror fan.
There’s a little something for everyone here and I wasn’t disappointed with any of the stories but, of course, there were some I liked better than others. I'd say my least favorites were the two having to do with the sea. Here are my favorites with vague little recaps.
Restroom Finds is filled with gory gorgeousness and is set during the aftermath of an apocalypse. All I have to say is, when are people finally going to listen to Agent Mulder and Trust No One?! And that means absolutely NO ONE!
Underneath is a darkly demented, humorous little tale about a man and his wife that still makes me laugh when I think of it. But perhaps there is something wrong with me!
Yara Damn this one. This one made me go all bleary eyed when I least expected it.
Revenge of the Myth Krampus comes a-calling and you can bet I loved this one. It’s complete but I’m greedy and I want it expanded into a novella! Who can ever get enough of the sexy Krampus, lol.
The One is a weird little voyeuristic look into the desperation of a homeless man willing to do the most awfullest of awful things in order to win the hand of the woman he loves. It’s gruesome and it’s fun, if you’re a weirdo.
Letting the Dead Grow A cemetery grounds keeper takes his macabre garden very, very seriously using the materials he has on hand.
Graves Oh, ouch this one stings the heart until it’s dead.
If you like this sort thing, I suggest you grab a copy of this collection. Each story is like a little present, and most contain an unexpected nasty little surprise inside. What more could you want?!
Seeded: Flash Fried Fiction by Benjamin Descovich is a science fiction story. It's about seeding a colony. It was a short story with an abrupt ending. I gave it almost four stars.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
"Well, it does have you’re DNA.” "your" page 11
This season, I'm participating in the writing challenge Holiday Celebrations out of This World. Every participant had to write a flash sci-fi story (less than 1000 words) about one of the traditional holidays humans celebrate around the end of December. It was fun to write, as I imagined a New Year celebration on a spaceship. With humor. For those interested in sci-fi, here is my entry - Blue Santa.
Happy Holidays, friends, whatever you're celebrating!