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Alexander Douglas, under various pseudonyms, has written and produced a feature film, six plays, and more than two dozen short stories, including works for Dark Valentine and Albert Berg's Unsanity Files. He has just released a collection of short stories, “Perversities”, is currently polishing his fantasy novel for teens and adults "The Monstrous of Cinterbough" and is finishing "SuperColliders", a cop buddy feature script set in outer space.
on July 13, 2013 :
This imaginative collection of 12 short (some very short) stories is a scattershot but ultimately satisfying read. Alexander Douglas is a descriptive writer probably best showcased in "Bait," an ominous story of a labourer whose work escalates gradually into polite exhibitionism, and then further. "Loving Rosalind" is another standout, a tale of revenge from an unusual perspective (which I won't spoil). The writing, especially in the shorter stories, is full of dark whimsy reminiscent of (for better or for worse) David Sedaris, but Douglas is at his best when he gives himself space to really get inside a character and construct a world, like in the apocalyptic family vignette, "Call the Folks." He's polished his gems, but some stories feel like throwaways - the thankfully brief "Viviparous" opens with the line, "The woman screamed as only a woman in labor can scream," a strong contender for the worst sentence ever written. The story is much improved without it. Perversities is, however, expertly finished off with "In a Pear Tree," a Christmas story about the struggle to fit in with the family you're marrying into, and what to do about it. Overall: well worth the $0.99. Apparently he's got a novel in the works and I'm interested to read it. -wolfbutler.com
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)