This review is from: North American Lake Monsters (Kindle Edition)
This smallish collection of 9 stories catapults the reader into strange and disturbing places - places inside the heads of the protagonists, places that perhaps should not be exposed. In these pages people have desires that they may not understand, and they act upon them. The everyday rubs shoulders with the unbelievable, although it is not unbelievable, not in these stories, it's all too real, lurking just out of sight, waiting for the mind of the character to notice it and bring it into the light. The werewolf story is a good example - creepy, bloody, supernatural but completely in the real world. I was strongly reminded of a story by Saki, and in fact Ballingrad has a similar twisted tone in the whole collection - not arch like Saki, but slightly twisted, a skewed angle on life.
I found that I wanted to gallop from one to another, and read it far too quickly, but the second, more measured, reading gave even greater pleasure. Highly recommended.