Friday, October 12, 2012

Damien Kelly: Season of the Macabre

I received a free copy of this book for review from Clarion Publishing. For more information about purchasing, click here.


Season of the MacabreSeason of the Macabre by Damien Kelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of fourteen short psychological "thrillers." There's not a lot of blood and guts in these pages. The violence is implied so I recommend this collection for people who like a grim atmosphere without the ghastly sight of murder victims (if you like bloodier tales, look elsewhere).

Like most short story collections, this was 50/50 for me - I liked a couple of the stories (A Polite Exchange is my favorite) but there's a couple that didn't grab me because I guessed the ending before I arrived there. I think this book would benefit from being billed for Young Adults. It's lack of gore makes it "parent-friendly" and these stories reminded me of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike - I devoured their books when I was a teen.

Some of the stories involve children - some people might find this offensive (but I didn't). Children are often victims in real life -that's part of what makes fictional stories like these horrific- and if you find yourself upset, then Kelly has fulfilled his promise of delivering the macabre.

Many of the stories are also Christmas themed so I suggest reading this before the holiday, on a cold winter night when the wind is howling outside.

I received a free copy of this book for review.


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