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then these horror shorts may be to your taste. Features physiological, paranormal and violent tales.
When a serial killer is terrorising the area - morbid imaginings occur at every shadow whenever she walks the street at night. Amalthea's friend tells her that she is 'Too beautiful to die'. She meets Daniel a strikingly calm and charming poet who she instantly bonds with intellectually - but as one may guess, he has an agenda and it is far more twisted than Amalthea could ever imagine.
Our protagonist falls through a figurative rabbit hole leading to the exposure of Daniel's horrific secret kept within his basement. This monster of a man is revealed to be less than human and yet the more we look into his mind - we see sparks of humanity within the monster - reminiscent of horror classic 'Carmilla' by Le Fanu' mixed in with hints of 'Bluebeard' (or indeed its remake 'The Bloody Chamber'). Whatever twinge of empathy we may have for the antagonist, it is still no excuse for putting his own selfish needs above the torment and darkness he inflicted. Many monsters do not see themselves as true monsters but victims of their own circumstances. It is an intriguing insight into both monsters of horror and into the mind of a serial killer.
I like how the tables are turned by the end of the story. We meet Moria, whose journey through adversity to reclaiming her strength is inspiring and her regaining her power over such an ordeal is an overall good message.
The conclusion was most pleasing and liked how something beautiful arose from that place of horrors. There is even room for a continuation of this tale and would love to see Amalthea's tale get a much-deserved sequel for the story beyond this one seems as equally fascinating.
The Salon of Lost Souls;
Laura is grateful for her new job, but the new employment may not be worth the danger it entails ...
The story builds with steady intensity with descriptive text that brings the place to life. It gave a strong sense of reality within this ghostly tale. We follow Laura uncover the perils not written in the job ad.
A spooky short - a strong little horror short to read under the bed covers at night.
Impatient for Death, a Love Story;
The author gave a trigger warning at the start for sensitive suicide themes - so caution with care if you are easily startled by darker suicidal themes.
Chloe was not just figuratively in love with death, but she was in the literal sense too. Her life like many was cruelly plagued by death and when her mother was taken away, Chloe gazed upon the very face of death - an androgynous perfection of beauty, the personification of Death. Her fascination with the entity causes her to make the deadly decision of ending her life. For her it is a romantic act - the chance to meet her lover and be with him forever, but life is something she underestimates and by Death showing her glimpses of the deaths of others, she is not quite so quick to have it end quite so soon, but death is what they are and their own desires cannot change when Chole's time will come. So when her wish does come true, it is ultimately something she inevitable regrets. The true nature of Death is greater than her romantic ideal of him - he is beyond time, beyond love and cruelty and her seeing other sides of them, shatters her belle morte ideal.
I liked this surreal short tale - from its morbid fantasy to its ripping apart of idealistic love.
TW: Spiked drink and themes of sexual assault.
Pam's life had not moved forward since that awful day - when she suffered the humiliation of sexual assault. The events that lead to it was her being publicly called a slut by someone she thought cared about her. Words have power and that one word ruined her life. As the despicable S-word spread, a disgusting individual took it upon himself to drug and violate her. He considered her public property because of that mark of shame unjustly placed upon her. Pam remained traumatised and silent after the event, going from job to job and not holding down a relationship longer than a week. The s-word haunted and debilitated her existence and every moment of her life had ever since, been just going through the motions.
She crosses paths with the two that caused her that half life - Stuart the ex who publicly called her a 'slut' to all his pals and his friend Daryl, who used the slut shaming as his own excuse for the rape of Pam. She using the opportunity to punish both the people who wronged her the most.
It has to be said that Amanda (Daryl's wife) is a victim in this too - highly unlikely that she knew about what happened to Pam. The pregnant Amanda not only has to deal with the fallout whilst pregnant with that monster Daryl's baby but was left as the fall guy after the events that followed by the end. I feel empathy for both these women, for neither deserved what happened. Whatever happens by the end, an innocent woman will face a cage of some kind - whether it be a physical one or a one crafted by the cruelty of two men upon a broken psyche. Power was gained which was wonderful, satisfying but no one really won long term. But those small victories were glorious if at a terrible cost to Pam, Amanda and her innocent baby.
There is a strong message here at the way society treats rape victims and the pain it inflicts. It does not begin and end with the rape itself, but by the actions of slut shaming, the failure of Courts to prosecute rape offenders - leaving many victims of abuse silent as a consequence. There are so many women and men who have been, assaulted, raped and abused at the hands of another. If justice was handled better by the law then maybe it wouldn't happen so often in our society.
TW: Self-mutilation and body dysphoria.
This tale deals with the delicate subject of gender identity. This is a short but hard hitting tale of what it must be like to be stuck in a body that is not yours - it would be a horror story. This story is striking, alarming and has no happily ever after. I wished the protagonist could have the body they deserved, for society to see her as she is inside and not by her male appendage cruelly given by a fault in mother nature. It leads to the mental breakdown of the story's protagonist when referred to by a male name. The events that follow are heartbreaking and horrific.
It is an original horror premise, but it is not easy reading for those of a delicate nature. I personally found it a striking and unique tale.
Miranda is a newbie to the Goth scene and meets a girl online called Evelyn. Evelyn invites her to a Goth club and Miranda happily accepts. The gothic beauty seems to distort before Everlyns eyes - either by the green liquid she imbibed, by her unstable mind, or by something more unearthly. Evyln disappears much to Miranda's distress, so she spends weeks visiting the club, becoming a regular on the Goth scene, and changing her look. One day another newbie asks about Evelyn - and Miranda says that she is Evelyn.
Has Evelyn invaded Miranda's body like a symbiont, was Evelyn just a facet of Miranda all along and was just hallucinating their entire interactions, or was Evelyn a mythical being who helped Miranda become something more? It is a fascinating tale whether you analyse it psychologically or as a paranormal piece. You could also interpret it as a mix of the paranormal and the psychological -her fragile mind left her open to something altering her and part of Evelyn may have become part of her, whilst Miranda's Evelyn will help transform another into something other than they were before. Did Miranda psychological break or was it something more?
TW: Sexual assault and catcalling.
Our protagonist is Lilith a beautiful woman traveling across the streets at night. She finds herself being targeted by a vile individual with only depraved thoughts on his mind. The creep begins by catcalling - calling her the most horrid and demeaning of names for absolutely no reason but for own his perverted pleasure. He continues to demean Lilith by pawing at her and treating her as an object for his gratification. It's horrid and disturbing to see someone at the mercy of someone's power, but don't fear dear reader for Lilith is no ordinary woman - she is much much more. The tables are quickly turned between them and had her and her attacking. What follows is someone does get penetrated but it is him who receives the penetration of the sharp metallic variety.
This is adapted from chapter two of Camilla Voiez' novel 'Starblood', which I cannot recommend highly enough. If you like paranormal tales with horror, sex, blood and strong women - then this is the book for you.
In conclusion, this book and ultimately each story analyses both our nightmares primal fears, and makes them vividly real. This is horror in its truest sense - by taking elements of the horrors of reality and mixing it up with nightmarish paranormal horror.
Incredibly well-told horror shorts to keep you awake at night.
Comprising 13 morbid tales the subject matter is both challenging and frightening; Carmilla Voiez is not afraid to explore some dark places. In Broken Mirror you will find stories covering suicide, self harm, imprisonment and sexual violence. I am not afraid to say that some of the stories were quite disturbing and very powerful because of it. I think that the measure of good horror is how long you continue to think about it after you put the book down. I found my mind drifting back to the various tales at all times of the day, they got under my skin and haunted me long after I powered down my kindle. At the end of a story, you emerge bloodied, battered and genuinely grateful to have survived. It’s what horror should be like; raw, frightening and thought provoking.
All the stories are well written, the places feel real, the characters are well developed and you genuinely care about them. There is a consistent voice throughout; so while the stories are very different to each other you can sense the hand of the author guiding you through each tale. It is this consistent story telling that makes this book such an enjoyable and addictive read.
One thing that struck is how the author develops her characters to be likeable in such a short space of time, even those who act in a more antagonistic role are well rounded and in some cases you cannot help but feel some empathy with them. I found myself genuinely attached to many of the characters. Tay in particular was one my favourite characters in a book crammed full complex, interesting people. I would love to see a follow up to Basement Beauty as I really felt attached to the characters and their struggles. (I’m not being specific, because I don’t want to spoil it!).
The settings and locations are all well set up, Lillith’s walk through the city in Penetration was so well drawn it sent shivers down my spine. The scene was so well described it not only provided a mental picture of urban decay it set the mood and tone of the story.
I genuinely forgot how good short stories can be and all of the tales in Broken Mirror are great, naturally I have my favourites. My stand-outs were the aforementioned Penetration, Basement Beauty, Cracked and Salon of Lost Souls; everyone will have their own.
So my view – I enjoyed this collection of stories, they are well written, wonderfully described, populated by rounded characters and most importantly, they are terrifying.
I will definitely read more of Carmilla Voiez's work, just as soon as I come out from behind the sofa…
*I was given an e-copy in exchange for an honest review*
"Basement Beauty" gives a different picture of vampires--soulful, poetic, awkwardly and disturbingly romantic.
"Impatient for Death" is reminiscent of Twilight Zone episodes.
My only question about "Jagged Jaws" is why is herbal tea listed as a trigger?
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