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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Silo Press (7 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692790381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692790380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Th e storyline was just utter nonsense not worth reading I should of given it no stars.Don't bother.BIzarre to say the least.
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I think that this is my third review of a book by Erik Hofstatter in as many months and ‘Rare Breeds’ has Hofstatter’s stamp all over it; Nice easy writing, sprinkled with some beautiful passages, a couple of kinky scenes and of course some twisted horror. One thing I like perhaps more than anything else about Hofstatter’s writing is his ability to surprise, to surprise in a way that each of his releases is so different from the last and ‘Rare Breeds’ is another fine example of his work.

I love Erik’s characters. They are always very human, they have faults and little traits that keep there image inside of your mind, leaving you wondering where they are going and what they are doing. ‘Rare Breeds’ is another example of this. It is the story of Aurel and Zora. One the face of it, a fairly ordinary family, only Aurel sleepwalks. When young Livie (Zora’s daughter) witnesses a strange occurrence, a chain of events are set off and lead the story down a very dark and quite odd path. The story builds steadily, becoming more and more strange until we find out the truth about Aurel and his dark past. This leads to a frantic chase for Zora and a macabre ending. I really had no idea where this story was going, so kudos to Hofstatter for coming up with yet another fascinating and creepy tale.

The artwork is by Jack Larson is great and his accompanying pictures inside add to the story. The pacing is perfect, with no fluff, interesting characters, a great plot twist and overall it’s just a great story. I have no hesitation in recommending this fine novella from Erik Hofstatter and Dark Silo Press. Great!
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In Rare Breeds, we meet Aurel and Zora, a married couple living in Kent in the south of England. They live with daughter, Livie, Zora’s child from a previous relationship. Like most couples, they have their own idiosyncrasies and interests, but they get along well. Livie is a moody teenager, Zora obsesses over health and fitness, and Aurel has a problem with sleepwalking. As we join their story, the sleepwalking is developing into more of an issue.

In this book we have a small number of characters and we get to know them enough to care. The most noteworthy and complex of the characters is Aurel, who has a very dark secret. As the story progresses and his secret slowly unravels, it leads Zora to search for answers and to uncover Aurel’s past. It asks the question – how well do you really know your spouse and their life before you met them? There is one point where Zora visits an insular British island community to track down Aurel’s mother, and I’ve always found those closed communities so creepy.

The fantastical and cosmic elements of the story add to what can ultimately be considered a twisted horror love story. In addition, the other major themes I felt were family and obsession. The story is interesting, and the twists are completely unexpected – as in mouth hanging open, what just happened? shock. This is a dark and gripping tale, and scattered throughout the novella are some excellent bleak and brooding illustrations by Jack Larson that match the tone perfectly.

This is a short novella that’s captivating and delivers with a great ending. Due to the nature of the story, I’m intentionally going light on the plot and discussion as I don’t want to give away spoilers.
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