I found these stories to be grim, mysterious, and -- though somewhat open-ended -- ultimately satisfying as easily-digestible spine-tinglers.
Gruesome at times but far more often subtle and psychological, the tricks that we have all seen before still grant genuine chills here. I also confess one tale presented a final twist that I did not expect at all and absolutely loved. Just as I began to be familiar with the author's echoes of Edgar Allan Poe, things were quickly turned on the proverbial ear.
Though falling short of the economy of words of the tales of Poe, the eerie atmospheres and imagery of "The Hole and other stories" are very reminiscent and recommended for the reader who doesn't mind the no-so-gentle nudge to think twice, to reconsider just how gruesome this world might be.
In the end, it's the power that these stories have to keep readers second-guessing that echoes ominously through the years.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)