Written by: Drake Morgan
In the introduction to his collection, Gary Fry describes his work as ‘quiet horror.’ He expresses a distaste for things overly gruesome, and says slasher gore is not his style. I was impressed immediately. A refreshing opening in the ever-growing world of violent, blood-soaked horror.
The first story, “Out of Time,” lives up to not only quiet horror, but quality horror as well. We have a man feeling the pangs of age and his own mortality. Amidst the chest pains and aches, he has a horrific nightmare that plunges him into an abyss far worse than any visit to a doctor. “Abolisher of Roses” is a fascinating look at how the mind reveals more about one’s fears than any movie ever could. “The Pincers” is a frightening tale about monsters far more evil than the people on this earth that we find to hate. In “The Demons of New Street,” Fry examines our consumer/ greed culture and the lengths some people will go to sustain their lifestyles. Be afraid. Very afraid.
This is one of the finest collections I’ve read in some time. Dark, sinister tales populate the pages. There is death, violence, and horrors, but it’s not gratuitous. Fry’s writing is elegant. His words convey fear without resorting to cliché. His monsters are horrific, and the shadows run deep. Brilliant.
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