Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: What the Dark Brings

Media Type: Ebook
Title: What the Dark Brings
Author: Edward Lorn
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Kindle; 145
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Source: Author
Genre: Horror / Short Story Collections

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a mix of stories full of both horror and hope.

Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / BookLikes
Follow Edward Lorn out of the light and into the darkest recesses of his mind.

What the Dark Brings is a collection of 19 short stories, beginning with "Literary Sweets", a tender jaunt into Christmastime that proves all is not lost for one jaded gentleman. But by the time you reach the final tale, "Come to Jesus Meeting", the darkness is all encompassing.

Tales of hope, heartache, and horror abound.

Come find What the Dark Brings

***As an added bonus to new fans, Edward Lorn has included his mini-anthology, Three After, complete and uncut, at the end of this collection. A total of 22 tales of terror coming it at over 40,000 words.***

First off, a huge thank you to Edward Lorn for leading me back into the darkness. That might sound odd, but let me explain. Up until recently I've been so busy reading contemporary fiction that I forgot all about my love of reading horror. Watching it or reading it, I used to devour all things related to creepy occurrences and things that go bump in the night. This collection of stories reminded me of that love, and brought it back tenfold. So, thank you!

I'll admit this up front: I have a rather twisted sense of humor. Which is most likely why What the Dark Brings settled so well with me. That's not to say that all the stories felt this way. That's actually what I loved about this collection. Things start out rather tame, and almost sweet in a way. "Literary Sweets" felt almost like Poe to me, which is honestly the highest compliment I could give this story. Then they slowly get darker. You've been warned.

I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just give you some highlights. "Up on a Rooftop" was deliciously twisted, and one of my early favorites. "The Land of Her" blew me away. That's all you get from that. I adored "Sissy", although I never want to meet her. My absolute favorite though? That award goes to "That Thing about a Picture and a Thousand Words". Pardon my french, but HELL YES. That story just wouldn't let me go. In fact, I had my husband read it, then promptly had all my coworkers read it too. If I was going to keep thinking about it, so were they. Honorable mention also goes to "He Who Laughs Last". What can I say? It's infectious.

The point is that I was entertained the entire time I was lost in What the Dark Brings. Even the stories that didn't become my favorites still meshed perfectly into the whole. If you can entertain me, and creep me out in equal measures? You have my attention. Read this. Preferably in the dark. Once again a big thank you to Edward Lorn! I can't wait to descend further into the darkness.


FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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