- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,552,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rare Breeds Paperback – 7 Oct 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A copy of Rare Breeds was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Erik Hofstatter, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Confessions of a Reviewer
What exactly is a Rare Breed here? This is where you'd read to find out.
Without giving too much away, you have a couple, Aurel and Zora, along with Zora's daughter. Read more