I am married with 5 children. I am an attorney by profession and stay up way too late reading. I have been stalking about on this site for a while but have just joined Smashwords for two reasons. One, I want to publish some of my own stuff (getting it all together and hopefully will start uploading soon) and two, I wanted to review some of the really fine works that I have read on Smashwords. I have a friend that says that "flowers are for the living." I agree and wanted to share my appreciation.
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Smashwords book reviews by Chris McCaffrey
- Breaths in Winter: Three Tales of Ghostly Horror
on July 20, 2011
I pretty much rotate back and forth between classic literature and horror. I am often bored by the lack of "an edge" at times in the classics, but am also just as often dismayed by horror writers failure to provide something deeper than the slash of a knife or a splatter of blood. These stories are exactly the type that show that good horror can have depth, or conversely that literature can have an edge. "The Dancing Water" was other-worldly in atmosphere but it describes an actual place on earth. The story itself was totally original and very artistic, as well as chilling. It fascinated me. "Awake, Ghost Song" was one of the most disturbing stories I have read but was so realistic and well written I felt deep compassion for the protagonist and fell completely into the story. I felt real dread as it proceeded. That story packs quite an emotional punch. I will be reading more by this author.
- When Graveyards Yawn - The Apocalypse Trilogy: Book One
on July 20, 2011
How many times can you say that a story is so original that you have never read anything like it? The characters are so twisted and strange, yet the depth of characterization is so deep you find yourself completely convinced in their existence. The plot has so many layers you will probably resist the impulse to describe it to a friend because it would take so long to set it up and you wouldn't do it justice anyway. Just hand them your e-reader and let them enjoy it themselves. Dark, disturbing, political (the dead are a metaphor, I believe), hilarious, well-crafted and satisfying. Enough plot twists for several novels. It would make a great movie if anyone could pull it off---which I doubt. I thought I knew where the plot was going several times before I just gave up and enjoyed the ride. You will too. Get the book. You are welcome in advance. I bought Bent Steeple too and am looking forward to reading that one too.