- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493514326
- ISBN-13: 978-1493514328
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,001,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ill At Ease 2: 7 New Tales of the Macabre: Volume 2 Paperback – 16 Nov 2013
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Double Helix by Stephen Bacon
Bacon is an author currently on a strong upward trajectory with his writing and his career and this story doesn't disappoint, setting the tome and the standard for the anthology. An unsettling road trip which sees a cancer victim taken to the wilds of Scotland by a former lover in search of a miracle cure is surprisingly hopeful and life-affirming whilst still providing its fair share of chills.
The Shuttle by Shaun Hamilton
This story of a relocated couple striving for their first baby and the local quarry that has an insidious hold over the area is well written but I personally found the subject matter unpleasant and as such struggled to engage with the tale. A good premise slightly let down by a lack of subtlety.
Masks by Robert Mammone
A man's search for his missing partner within the seedy nighttime world of a Melbourne train station is wonderfully executed tale that builds tension gradually and puts the reader right on the platform at the centre of events.
One Bad Turn by Val Walmsley
This is another well written piece, but one I found myself struggling through in the middle section. First impression is that this will be a standard horror tale of bullying and revenge but the author subverts the reader's expectations to produce a strong, unexpected ending.
The Bureau of Lost Children by Mark West
As the father of an 8 year-old boy who's always more than happy to wander the shops with his own agenda in mind this story struck a chord and played with my own fears as a parent. There is more than a hint of shows such as The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected to this story of what goes on behind the scenes of a shopping centre and the sense of panic and unease created by the writer as the protagonist searches for his boy are masterful. The stand-out of the collection.
Paradise Lost by Sherri White
Another solid story which details a mysterious, possibly global, event on a secluded island from the viewpoint of a potential survivor. Although good this felt like it had wandered in from another anthology as the unsettling nature of the other stories is forsaken for a more visceral, but entertaining, style.
There Shall We Ever Be by Neil Williams
The anthology ends in strong style as a man returning to his home town for his Mother's funeral takes a detour into the abandoned and run-down areas of the town and encounters elements from the areas history both benign and malevolent. Like the Mammone story the prose here is masterful in placing the reader right in the derelict tunnel with Mark.
It's noticeable that three out of the four strongest stories here are by the original writers from Ill at Ease, they seem to have executed their narratives with the most successful displays of unease and tension in keeping with the theme suggested by the title and whilst there are no poor stories here it are these that had the most emotional effect on me.