Alan Baxter and David Wood have totally nailed the small town, backwoods horror with Dark Rite. The residents of the town are drawn as convincing obsessed characters with a feel of Deliverance in their attitudes to outsiders. You're never quite sure what's driving them, although all will be revealed, but they're single minded in their intent.
The story has just the right amount of creepy horror and weird goings on to keep you turning the pages to find out the truth, much the same way as the hero, Grant, keeps on going.
This is a novella at the end of the day, and works perfectly in that form. The story fits the format well, and keeps the pace cracking along from first… Read more
Firstly this is a historical novel in setting, and things were very different in then to how they are now, but then some of those things remain the same today. The author however has captured the period well, it felt authenticate, and I really believed as I was reading it that it was indeed 1895. The language and behaviours of the characters also felt very real and the story was very well written.
That story covers a very hard topic; the elements of bigotry and intolerance were well captured as were the gossips and tale-tellers. I really believed that those characters were as hard as they were portrayed and had me feeling sympathy for the targets of their malice. There were times… Read more
This is a cracking little short story collection by Ed Lynskey, who's probably better known for his Frank Johnson PI series and other novels such as "Lake Charles". It contains 16 stories, some new and some that have been published in other places before. Together they make for a great collection that really show this writers talents, and given that the author reckons to have published over 300 short stories, I hope that this is the first of a number of collections of his work.
The stories range from hardboiled crime, right through to near cosy. They cover a range of subjects, and many are quite poignant. Short story writing often requires a sharp, to-the-point prose style and… Read more