Published: January 25, 2015.
Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A wizard searching for a missing student discovers a small town’s worst-kept secret: werewolves!
Why is a Scottish born wizard living in small town West Virginia? Douglas Brodie likes to keep a low profile, unfortunately strange things have a way of happening around him. Douglas finds himself called on to help find a missing student in a nearby university town, but of course it’s not that simple.
Nightmare Fuel is an short fiction (flash fiction if you want to get specific) anthology. As the name suggests these speculative fiction shorts are aimed at creeping you out or making you shudder.
Flash fiction anthologies can be a little frustrating to read. Sometimes you're just getting into a story and already it's done. There's little time for building characters of any depth.
But there are certain rewards too. The variety of settings and ideas on display here is impressive and there was no sign of repetition. It's a literal parade of the imagination. It's also easy to dip in and out of the book. You don't have to commit to more than 15 or so minutes of reading if you don't want to.
There were a couple of stories where the sting in the tail didn't quite seem to come off. Or maybe I misunderstood the ambiguity, but the majority of these short stories stand up on their own merits.
Some of the stories are funny, others disturbing, but none of them resort purely to shock for their nightmarish qualities. They play on our irrational fears but frequently in a cerebral way.