I feel bad that I have only just gotten around to reading this fantastic collection of dark fiction from Edward Lorn. I’ve had it on my Kindle for some time and and after approaching the author for a spot on my Storytellers feature, I thought I’d sneak it into the ever bulging TBR.
I have a great fondness for short story collections. This one features a couple of stories that are more in the novelette category and prove to be among the strongest pieces. I have to be honest in saying that not a single story here disappointed, and one of the real strengths of this collection lies in the unpredictability of the stories. We’ve all read a hundred plus stories on Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and though I still love these tropes, but it’s always nice to be surprised by a writers reluctance to visit them, choosing instead to go somewhere very different.
By the end of the first story I knew I was onto something a little bit special. It’s a tale about genetic tampering and the bloody aftermath of a strange birth, which was quite bizarre but also unsettling. Elsewhere, strange gold creatures attack a family and only music can keep them at bay, kudos here to Mr Lorn for name dropping Cradle of Filth and Blind Melon in an excellent short story. The real jewels were perhaps the longest pieces. ‘The Scare Rows’ was like ‘Children of the Corn’ meets Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and I absolutely loved it – sex, gore, men with pumpkin heads ravaging the locals! Oh my, wonderful stuff. I loved ‘Crawl’ too, the story about a cheating husband and his wife who become involved in a car crash…but, things don’t end there. Juliet wakes up crucified to a stake and the night gets progressively worse.
I haven’t read anything by Edward Lorn before, and I know some of these stories have been made available elsewhere, but that doesn’t worry me. If you’re looking to sample some of Mr Lorn’s shorter works then this is the perfect place to start. It is a collection where Lorn shows off his full repertoire of horror with frightening ease and a real unpredictability in his storytelling. His style is easy to read and his characters are great. Bursting with fresh ideas, blood and guts, this collection is mindbogglingly good. I loved it.
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