Are you looking for a collection of dark and disturbing shorts stories? Check out today’s book review.
Darkest Hours* by Mike Thorn contains some of the most bizarre yet intriguing stories known to man. Published to excellent reviews, it’s one that horror fans won’t want to miss.
If you are a long-term reader of Joyful Antidotes, you will know that I’m continually on the hunt for short stories that I like. I certainly found some with Darkest Hours.
How can I explain these stories? Well, first they are easy to understand and this was a main point for me. I’m not a fan of having to figure out the hidden meaning of every single thing I read. The stories in Darkest Hours I could read for pure entertainment’s sake. Plus, I wasn’t left hanging at the end. Each story felt completely rounded to me.
Now, I pride myself on having a strong stomach but I had to strategically choose when to read Darkest Hours. Right after my breakfast, I read the first story about a man who likes to eat hair and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. But the stories are not all shocking because they draw disgust. No, I also felt horror, chills down my spine and a real sense of disturbance. On the other hand, I also found the stories humorous at times and that brought somewhat of a (slight) balance to the gore.
In terms of writing style, I want to touch on the greatness of Thorn’s onomatopoeia. He is so good at bringing sounds to life and thus adding an extra layer of horror.
Overall, I can’t fault this collection of versatile, dark, gory, graphic, psychological stories. Check them out for yourself.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.