I've never really been into short stories. Usually there isn't enough there to satisfy me. Thankfully this short story was different. I don't know what it says about me, or even the author, haha, but I loved it. I like how I even had a chance to be surprised at the end of the first tale. I had no idea Gerald was keeping the women he took in his basement, or that his disgusting mother had never really left him in the first place. I think this would make a good movie, if you add a bit more in the middle. The second tale was frightening and direct. I'm surprised that someone can convey so much into so little. Overall it was a twisted short read, and I will definitely be reading more short stories in the future.