Sunday, July 06, 2014
Lost in the Dark, by Joe Mynhardt
(eBook; 2012: horror anthology)
Lost is a worthwhile, traditional-horror anthology, one that I enjoyed a lot. Every story, even the few I had personal preference issues with, had something to recommend them. Good stuff, this - worth owning.
1.) "Beyond the Ornate Tree": Christmas takes on new elements of gory terror as a psychiatric patient (Jim) and his doctor converse, so Jim can resolve his Yuletide "issues". Fun read, laughed out loud (in a good way) at the finish.
2.) "The Way Back": Off-beat, interesting story about a paranormal investigator (Thomas Sanders) whose most recent investigation - in a ghost-notorious prison - may an unforeseen impact on his life.
3.) "Fashionably Undead": An emasculated husband - Rupert - disgusted by a zombie-models-on-the-runway fashion show, decides to finally do something about it. This is an especially good tale, with a cliffhanger-ish ending that is memorable and effective.
4.) "Come All to the River of Death": A ghost hunter (Henry Taylor) gets more than he anticipated while investigating a particularly thrilling, rich-with-horrible-history house. Fun, phantasmagoric work, this.
5.) "Lost in the Dark": Fairy tale-esque tale about a kidnapped girl (Hanifa) who not only tries to escape her supernatural captor, but rescue others as well. Tone-effective, entertaining.
6.) "Rise, Dead Man": A drug-addicted grave robber, hounded by one of his victims, tries to atone for his latest crime. Another tone-effective work, with an especially good ending.
7.) "Zombie Mischief": Fun cautionary tale about being a grisly joker.
8.) "The Nature of the Beast": A young man hunts the nightmarish creature that killed his brother and some of their neighbors. "Nature," well-written and gripping, stands out for its unexpected finish, which echoes the feel of an African-village fable.