ETCHED DEEP AND OTHER DEEP IMPRESSIONS, David Niall Wilson, Macabre Ink, www.crossroadpress.com, Kindle price $2.99, 168 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
In this collection, David Niall Wilson has collected a varied group of fiction and poetry that prove his talent and capabilities for turning a word on its edge to provide the reader with an experience that, even if experienced before, is different from what you were expecting.
“Through an Eyeglass, Darkly” opens the volume with a tale of a Ouija Board, a theraphist, and ridding oneself of “Daddy” issues. “Fear of Flying” is a well done, imaginative tale of Mindy and how she soared. To me, “Moving On” would fit into an episode of The Walking Dead. How would feel if you knew that the answer to Armageddon was only “One Off From Prime”? “Loch Ness” is a poem attributed to the main character of the previous story. “Headlines” is a story on where the super market tabloids get their stories. “Redemption” is the story of how a preacher obtains what is due him.
A great collection from a fantastic writer, and s one that has plenty to enjoy.
EPIC FAILS, Scott Rhine, Amazon Kindle, $5.75, currently $.99, 142 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
Scott Rhine has a quite a range and this volume shows you how far he is able to move around from one end to the other,
Magic, a boy earning his manhood, a story of two men cursed by the gods, American Indians, defying gravity, and a Monty Python inspired tale are only some of the facets that Rhine shows as he builds on a jewel of a career.
Interesting and enjoyable, this another volume of Rhine’swriting that you don’t want to miss.
Glimpses: The Best Short Stories of Rick Hautala, Rick Hautala, Kindle $3.99, Dark Regions Press. Kindle Edition, art by Glenn Chadbourne, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
Back in 1999, a horror anthology, (999) was released to a large fanfare and there was a larger than average release of newspaper interviews, ads and a large online release party. I was able to be involved on Cybling.com by getting to interview Rick. After this I was able to keep up with his work and read everything I could find of his.
Rick was often called the other horror writer from Maine because most of his stories are set in Maine and he did write horror, but he is a writer that just happens to be from Maine.
Horror for Pete Garvey lies in facing the ghosts in an old “Schoolhouse.” Judy Morrow has to find out why infants are being born without footprints or fingerprints in “Every Mothers Son.” Next time you hear a “Hum”, I’m sure you will remember this story and its ending. “Toxic Shock” is not at all what you expect from the beginning. To me the most imaginative story is “A Good Day for Dragons”, it brings back memories of my childhood, and will possibly do the same for you.
This is a grand collection of the best short fiction that Rick produced. It has something for everyone. I’m sure after you have a Glimpse of these stories you will be on the lookout for his other works.