With Garry Kilworth, an old cliche becomes true: he really seems a born story-teller.
In THE FABULOUS BEAST, the most recent in a long-line of collections, the overall mood is playful. Mr. Kilworth toys with ideas, holds them up to the light and turns them around to reveal their gleams and facets. Some of the gleams are laugh-out-loud funny; some of the facets are quietly horrifying. Yet even the darkest of the stories here has that playful quality of ideas pursued for their own sake and for their own story-telling potential.
A modest man with a quiet profile, Garry Kilworth has more imagination, more craft, and more style than several big-name writers I can think of. As an introduction to his work, or as a fun reminder of what he can do, THE FABULOUS BEAST in all its variety is worth your time and attention.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)