Book Review: Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn

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.

Darkest Hours Mike Thorn Book Review


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.

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