At Home in the Dark

At Home in the Dark is a collection of short stories from various authors edited by Lawrence Block. I received a free copy from the editor in exchange for an honest review. When asked about what is the common denominator that links these stories, editor Lawrence Block said – “…two come to mind. They’re all…

Coronado: Stories

Coronado is a collection of six short stories by author Dennis Lehane. Running out of Dog – A well-written tale about small town secrecy.  Running out of Dog is fueled by pent-up male-aggression threatening to burst inside those who seem to lack a true purpose in life.  Blue, the best friend of protagonist Elgin, is…

Strange Weather

Strange Weather is a collection of four novellas from acclaimed horror author Joe Hill. Snapshot (previously published as Snapshot 1988) The story follows a teen who bumps into a sinister man armed with a polaroid camera that he uses to steal the memories of those he shoots.  I liked this one quite a bit aside…

Skeleton Crew

I used to have an aversion to short story collections. I’m not sure what has changed, but we’re five months into 2018 and I’ve just finished my second of the year. Granted, they’re both works from Stephen King, but I’ll take my little victories however I can get them. Sandwiched between The Talisman and It,…

Night Shift

Over the years I’ve struggled with short story collections as I’m very much a long-form kind of guy. I especially dislike the start/stop of short story collections – you get invested in a character or a story and in fifteen or twenty pages it’s done. Kind of like driving down a highway and smashing into…

Wrestle Maniacs

Wrestle Maniacs is a collection of dark, often humorous fiction based in the world of professional wrestling. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many of the stories are inspired by behind-the-scenes events, veteran performers or storylines that happened in the past.  That’s not to say all the…

20th Century Ghosts

For a long time, this book was my “white whale”.  Up to recently, I had three of Joe Hill’s novels (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2) in hardcover and although 20th Century Ghosts was easily accessible in paperback or for download on my Kindle, I felt I needed to match my existing format and seek out the…