Behold the Void includes nine stories of terror that huddle in the dark space between cosmic horror and the modern weird, between old-school hard-edged horror of the 1980s and the stylistic prose of today's literary giants.
Revenge takes a monstrous form when a scorned lover acquires bizarre, telekinetic powers; a community swimming pool on a bright summer day becomes the setting for a ghastly nightmare of sacrifice and loss; a thief does bloody battle with a Yakuza for the soul of a horse god; a priest must solve the mystery of a century-old serial killer or risk the apocalypse; a newly-married couple discover that relationships-gone-bad can be poisonous, and deadly; a child is forced to make an ultimate choice between letting his parents die or living with the monsters they may become; and when a boy is trapped on a beach at low tide, he must face death in many forms - that of the rising water coming to consume him and the ghost of his dead mother who wants him back, reaching for him with dark, longing arms....
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Just extremely boring stories.
To be fair I only made it through 2 of these short stories, but I wasn't going to waste any more time on this book - just the most mediocre stories, supernatural elements just tossed at the wall with no creativity or signs of narrative cohesion.
Fracassi needs to go back to the drawing board and rather than just hammering out stories about random seeming scary events build an actual coherent universe that we can be interested in and care about.
The reader was fine.
Extremely disappointed with the low quality of storytelling, literally significantly worse than what you can listen to for free on youtube or horror fiction podcasts any day of the week.