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Mechanisms of Despair Paperback – 31 Mar 2017
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But by morning I had recovered enough to carry on with this dark collection of short stories. There are seven tales in all. Which I gruesomely enjoyed. Gary Buller has a great talent for creating really foreboding scenes which make you feel a bit queasy. His imagery when it comes to gore is very precise giving his writing a really visual feel, which is kind of terrifying.
Suffice to say this is a really powerful debut, all killers, no fillers! The highlights for me in this collection are The Way Out and The Way in. I love the subtle ways in which these two tales are connected. The Present was also utterly terrifying, it feels like a tale that could happen to any family.
Included in this collection is a bonus tale from Holly Buller who clearly shows that the writing gene runs in the family. Well done Holly, great story.
So if like me you enjoy being terrified, this is the book for you. When you buy a copy you'll helping two great charities as all proceeds will be donated to these great causes, Alzheimer's Foundation and Sarcoma UK.
If you want a short collection of grotesque, horrific, and tragic stories (these are all good things, by the way) with cringe-inducing gore and terrifying situations you feel like you're actually in, then go get involved with this collection.
There's a man in a strange hotel room he can't escape from (creepy with a capital cree), a psycho killer causing havoc in a fish n chip shop, and perhaps the most uncomfortable Christmas tale I've ever read. These are just three of the eight stories on offer here (seven by Gary and the final story, which is great too, by his daughter, Holly).
Each story seemed as though it was made to be in this collection, the vibe throughout is definitely of the unsettling variety. The greedy me wanted more, it's a bit like hearing a killer album that doesn't seem to last long enough. You just need to sit back, take a breath and tell yourself that they'll be another one along soon.
This is Gary Buller's first collection of stories and I'm sure that future releases are going to be ratcheting up the chill-ometer to horrific proportions (and then some!).
The Bullers entertained me greatly here and I can't wait to read more from them. Get it and be freaked out, too!
While there isn’t quite anything to rival that excellent story in Monsters Exist, Gary’s collection certainly shows the chap has a wicked imagination, and although still relatively fledgling in his writing career there are some very promising signs. At just over an hours reading the tales are short and sharp (pun intended), with a couple of flash pieces also included. There is even a story at the end about a zombie dog penned by Buller’s daughter!
Onto some of the highlights for me and personal favourites include The Way Out, the opening tale in which Buller really gave me the creeps. I reckon Gary has stayed in a few creepy hotels in his time judging by this tale and some of the other stories included. I also really liked the flash piece, Blackout, too, another tale that gives you just enough to make you think to check the doors and windows to your house are locked up nice and tight. Christmas tale, The Present is also very good. I generally hate Christmas themed horror stories…with a passion, but this one worked well for me. It is a horror gift story that keeps on giving…
There isn’t anything in here that I’d call a dud. It is only a slim collection but this works in its favour and so I have no hesitation in recommending checking out the wicked words of Gary Buller.
4/5 pints from Salford’s finest establishment from the Grim Reader.
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Wow, this collection of short stories by Mr. Buller is a fantastic read that blew me away. Each story was supremely unique from the other, and each one was a great read! There wasn't any story in this collection that I didn't enjoy. My top favorites were The Present and Into the Fire. I'm highly anticipating Gary Buller's further releases.
Gary kicks things off with The Way Out. The story is both terrifying and sad. The ending punches you right in the chest.
Escape is a fun read. It's about fringe science and its side effects. Poor Emily.
The Way In is kind of linked to The Way Out. It's about loss and struggling to cope with that loss.
The Blackout is a zombie tale set in World War II London. It's a great flash piece.
Into the Fire reminds me of Texas Chainsaw Massacre for some reason. There's a madman in an old, familiar restaurant. This story is unique and blood-curdling.
The Present is about a random Christmas gift that brings more sorrow than joy.
A Friend in Need is a deeply disturbing flash piece.
Dog of the Dead is written by Gary's daughter. It's about a zombie dog. Great story!
All of the stories are good! Some of the stories are better than others. Gary's style is great–it keeps you reading. The stories grip you by the throat. They stick with you for a bit, too. They disturb. The stories run the gamut of the horror genre.
MECHANISMS OF DESPAIR is a short collection that can be devoured in one sitting. That's just the way I like it. What can I say, this collection is great. From the first story to the last, there's not a bad story in the lot.
All proceeds go to Sarcoma UK and The Alzheimer's Foundation.
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐