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Mr. Gallagher has chosen somewhat of a under-selected genre for his debut collection of short stories, especially considering this is his debut novel. Even, then he actually succeeds in holding my attention throughout the book.
Short stories, though are notoriously quite difficult to review. Only because, the moment everything starts getting interesting, the story ends. But true horror stories have been quite rare and few in between. And when I say true horror stories, I mean, which doesn't always have a love story trapped in between looking for a happy ending.
Mr. Gallagher's writing, though is absolutely engaging. Even inthis short stories, he has managed to capture the essence of the horror and mystery quite well. There were quite a few stories where even I (a vertiable guesser of what's coming next in the plot!) was unable to guess what would be coming next or how the story would end. So yes, I fell in love with the writing style of this author (and no, I don't fall in love easily, except with fictional characters of course :P)
This collection has a variety of plots to spook you as well as leave you hanging for more! From shapeshifters, to giant spiders to deadly fairies to psychopathic lovers, this collection has everything for a versatile reader.
This collection of stories is perfect for whetting your appetite for more! The writing is wonderful, the settings of each story is intriguing enough to keep you hooked in, till you are done and you realize that the shadows behind you could mean that there is another person in the room with you.
A wonderful debut, all in all, and I can't wait to read more stories that horrify me from this author!
This is a perfect companion to all that horror loving readers out there (Companion only because these are short stories!). Also, perfect for those light night talks, where you can read these horror stories to scare the bajeesus out of each other. Definitely perfect for the bonfire/camp nights as well.
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