Two refugees staying alive through mutual silence. A group of strangers on an enigmatic hunt through a dangerous wilderness. A world-weary police detective looking for the origins of violence.
The Dark Outside presents fifteen forays into surreal places and weird landscapes. Ideal reading for the the obsessive, paranoid, and discerning individual.
This was a very good collection of weird fiction tales. The style, themes, and sense of subdued horror remind me a little of Thomas Ligotti. Though all were well-written stories, I was particularly impressed by "Lamia Dance."
This is an incredibly well-written and humorous short. The peacock would easily make my list of Top 100 Literary Characters, if I actually had a list of the top 100 literary characters.
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These excellent poems are candid, genuine expressions of humanity. With clear and direct language, the poet explores the joyful nuances and deep fears that make up our everyday lives. These poems speak to the gut and to memory and to the feelings that make us human.
A great collection of strange and surreal stories. The first story (my favorite of the collection) will quickly draw you into convoluted theories and perplexing, questionable characters that act as the dizzying struts and witty pillars in this house of shards. Well worth the light cost of entry.
An excellent collection of short fiction. Sharply written, these stories have a mature sophistication and an air of darkness, but simultaneously balance those qualities with some playful aspect of childhood that still bears a sense of wonder in the face of the inexplicable and unknown. It's especially nice that some stories are accompanied by the illustrations that inspired them. I was sold on this book after reading only the author's introduction, in which he cites some seeds of inspiration from childhood: library books on the paranormal, old Bigfoot documentaries, and the 1970's TV show In Search Of... If thoughts of these give rise to fond nostalgia, you'll definitely find a familiar kinship in this book.