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Horrible collection of flash fiction
on 10 March 2011
In the introduction to this book (but tellingly not in the Amazon blurb) McAfee makes it clear that the majority of these stories are exactly 100 words long, that he wrote them as exercises in tight horror. Not knowing they were THAT short made me feel a little cheated. 10 seconds: on to the next story. It's like they're written for the writer to hone his skill, not for the reader's entertainment.
I could have got past that if the tales themselves weren't so unpleasant. They get straight to their point, and it's usually buried in a body. No subtlety, just 'gorenography' in many cases.
McAfee has a writing talent, that's obvious. It's just such a shame (to me) that he's chosen to turn it to these nasty minute pieces.