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Thomas S. Flowers ‘The Hobbsburg Horror: Short Screams’ Review

Veteran author Thomas S. Flowers terrifies readers in his new short story anthology, The Hobbsburg Horror. The delicate narrative is beautifully enhanced by Flowers’ writing style. The perfect metaphors are used at the perfect moments, not only to invoke terror, but to also allow the reader to live and breathe Flowers’ prose. One can only describe this anthology as “fine literature”. Yes, some of the stories fall into the Splatterpunk genre, while others tend to evoke emotion on a much more psychological level – think Stephen King meets Brian Keene.

One can hardly fault this effervescent tapestry of horror – the characterization is spot-on, the interwoven magic of true Texan terror pounds at the psyche, and Flowers does what few authors are capable of: he scares until one’s nerves are nothing more than a frail mess.

However, with the praise being praised, and with said being said, Flowers does trip more than once. In fact, the reason why I am not giving this anthology full marks is due to the author’s incessant use of the ellipsis (…). Much like one would kill one’s darlings (adjectives and adverbs), one also has to avoid the pitfalls of other forms of punctuation, i.e. the ellipsis.

Thoughts, actions and emotions cannot be “paused” for dramatic effect in every second sentence. There comes a time in any book where the technical errors begin to outweigh the powerful prose, and that moment destroys the fictional reality.

This does not, in any way, shape or form, detract from Flowers’ ludicrous level of talent. It’s merely a technicality which the book could have done without.

The Hobbsburg Horror should be on every bookcase, in every home. It is the epitome of true horror.

And oh lawd it’s so good!

RATING: 4.5/5

Reviewed by Renier Palland

About Renier Palland (27 Articles)
Renier started his writing career as a film critic in the early 2000’s. A few years later, he was employed as a Senior Entertainment Writer at one of the biggest entertainment websites on the planet. He worked alongside celebrities, Hollywood agents and entertainment bigwigs for more than seven years. He received an international publishing deal in 2017. His debut splatterpunk trilogy, War Game, is slated for a 200 000-print USA and European release in March of 2018. The official launch will be held at Barnes & Noble in New York City.

1 Comment on Thomas S. Flowers ‘The Hobbsburg Horror: Short Screams’ Review

  1. Renier, and HNR, thanks so much for this awesome review! I am totally stoked you enjoyed my debut collection.

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