Justin Bog is a generous author who provides ten very distinct stories in his debut collection. His writing is raw and palpable, so hold on tight, you're going to need a breather in between each story.
The one that affected me most was "Under the Third Story Window." I reread it twice to appreciate the nuances of each character, their complexities, and how the story wove itself so seamlessly around them. It's a difficult story about people you wouldn't want in your neighborhood, and yet, there is a painful realization that they exist all around us - if only we'd pay attention.
Mr. Bog obviously pays attention, and it shows in his storytelling. His power is akin to a spider spinning a web for its victims. You know the outcome may not be pretty, and yet...you cannot help but be drawn in.
As a lover of the short story genre, I consider this to be a terrific first collection.
Eden Baylee, author of Fall into Winter