Barry Graham's "Get Out As Early As You Can" is an exceptionally strong collection of short stories illustrating the darker side of the human condition. Graham's particular brand of descriptive imagery is always powerful, and he brings an obvious mastery of this skill to this early effort. In the title story, he shocks the reader with the brutality of his images about a small boy in a disastrously dysfunctional household. However, Graham is also able to use this technique to show images of beauty that can be equally as startling, as in "Quartet", a collection about an unusual type of love affair. The other tales,especially "Wednesday Night", "Good Friday" and "The Killer" are delightful combinations of these two devices that he has used so well in his other works such as "Before", and "Of Darkness and Light". In short, this is a thoroughly enjoyable effort from an author who is exceptionally good at combining elements of the desperate and the sublime.