Don't Clean the Aquarium and Other Tales of Horror

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This book comprises some of the author's earliest and most memorable stories. Often touted as a successor to Lovecraft, and compared to Thomas Ligotti, Osier's work is dark, surreal, and guaranteed to leave you with images that will haunt you long after you finish reading. More

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Review by: Voice Spider on March 28, 2012 :
Jeffrey Osier is mentioned in this book's description as being called the next Lovecraft. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill, and I have to say, he does a good job filling them. The first story in this anthology (which mirrors the name of this collection) is VERY Lovecraftian, and also very powerful. It's easily the best story in the anthology in my opinion. That said, don't let that fool you, the rest are just about as good and capture a lot of powerful emotions in them.

The writing style is well done, though I did find myself struggling at times with the stories of the young boys. The reason for this is just that sometimes the action would go a certain way and the way it was described was a bit lacking. That said, those stories also recalled my days as an angry boy with nothing but the world to lash out at for no other reason than being male. It was a powerful thing to remember, and Jeffrey captures it beautifully.

If you like Lovecraft's works, pick this one up. If you like powerful writing, pick this book up. Hell, just pick it up. It's a good series of stories, well written with wonderful language, and it captures powerful emotive states that will have you savoring it like a fine multiple course meal.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
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