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I really do appreciate Steve Vernon's style. The man is pretty versatile, so one story may be straight up monster booggity boogity and the next a psychological thriller that has some real emotional depth and meaning. He has here seven tales that mix up the terror levels and amps the creep factor a lot. Some are really bothersome, like the tumble bug man burning bones in a barrel, and others kind of touching like the dog in Cat Call. I have probably said this a dozen times, but I believe that Vernon knows his craft, and that no stories sounds like it is related to another. Yeah, you know he wrote it, but the ideas vary so far and wide the only connection they share is him. What I mean is, if you bought a Rolling Stones album in the sixties and listened to it, and then bought one in the nineties you would recognize that it was the Stones, just by their sound. You can't do that with Vernon. He really shifts and adapts his style to the story. He can go light hearted to inky blackness with just a period in between the two. Not many writers can do that.
This is a fun listen for a trip or a night alone, just before bed, or even better while you are in bed.
Wolfe does a nice job narrating, he does a have a specific pace that he sets, and it seems to be maintained through each tale. He does really great in stories with just a few voices, but handles the larger cast, such as in Cat Call just as well. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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The quality of writing in these short stories took me by surprise, as in, it is seriously good. The author knows his art in how to draw the reader into the world he's created and demonstrates quite an unusual mind for story-telling!
Story-wise, some strange, pretty creepy and odd little tales. Some better than others, a couple I didn't get but i was still very much taken in with the writing and descriptions, so enjoyed the journey.
*I received a copy of this book at no cost in return for a fair and honest review.
Just my sort of book creepy and weird, I downloaded it yesterday, and have listened to it twice today, and I'm sure I'll give it a few more listens.
The narrator has just the right kind of voice for this genre
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author, I'll also be looking out for more by the same narrator
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review