I’m fussy when it comes to short stories. It takes a lot to impress me. But when one does… well, I like to share it on Joyful Antidotes!
Death Train by Daye Williams
Upon a grand spiritual train that delivers/commutes dead beings into the Underworld, a mysterious passenger cloaked in an enchanted veil stealthy disguises himself among the undead. His mission; to retrieve the souls of his recently deceased wife & son while conquering Death himself. Opposing the Laws of Nature, the passionate avenger races to reclaim the lives of his fallen family after being driven into madness, losing shreds of his humanity while finding no reprise for his fractured spirit. After finding no reason to remain among the living without his family alive, he goes on a daring quest as he witnesses the obscenities & strange nature of the Land of Dead while his stubborn mind devolves the enlightenment of the importance of death & ascendance.
Death Train intrigued me yet gave me anxiety at the same time. Let me tell you why, starting with the more uplifting stuff.
This is a spooky book filled with ghouls and ghosts. That is exactly my kind of thing, and the main thing that made this a great read for me. It was also very descriptive. That added to the spookiness. I didn’t need to put my brain into overdrive to imagine things, the images just appeared on their own and there was nothing I could do to stop them.
The part that gave me anxiety was the main theme of Death Train: the inevitability of death. Death is my number one fear. It makes me panic at night to the point where I can’t catch my breath. To read an entire story that reminds me that not only am I going to die, everyone I love is too, was terrifying. In that case, I was able to emphasize with Ciel, even if I didn’t like him as a character very much.
Anxiety aside, I quite enjoyed Death Train. The theme of death is well-handled. Have a few hours to spare? Download this book now, sit back and enjoy.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.