This 20, maybe 25 minute long short story is along the lines of David Moody's Hater trilogy novels, or Brian Keene's short story Jack's Magic Beans. However Slaughter in Barnaby Close is more of a series of isolated occurrences where in a split second a sibling or spouse suddenly turns on someone they loved and adored seconds before. Each scene is well written, it's just what ties them all together isn't really there, it really does just read like a bunch of individual violent little standalone episodes in the lives of different families. We the readers, simply jump from one to the next. Because they were all happy family, suddenly the violence starts occurrences, every time we visited a new home it was fairly predictable what was going to happen. Sure all the scenes get linked together at the end, but still the burning question of why is this happening is never answered? Michael Cargill obviously has some talent for writing exciting scenes with violence and horror but the story just needed a bit more padding of non action scenes I guess, to make it a more satisfactory overall read and in the same league as the other two authors I mentioned writing on the same topic. Still I enjoyed this enough to check out his other work.