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Sharkchild does justice to this genre in a way even HP Lovecraft himself would be proud of. Yet another very impressive set of short stories from author Sharkchild. I read through all three books always excited to see what the next story would hold and I was definitely not disappointed. Now I am going to move on to his next book. The Dark Verse, Vol. Customer Reviews. Brad Miska. Related Posts. Click to comment. Movies 5 days ago.

News 2 days ago. Editorials 7 days ago. Movies 3 days ago. With this collection in particular there is an overarching aesthetic and style that comes through when all the stories are taken together. Part of this effec The design of this book was exquisite and added to the experience of reading this book immensely. Part of this effect is achieved through the very stylistic writing prose of this author.

His influences, Edgar Allan Poe, H. Lovecraft, Lord Dusany, shine through. And although not necessarily as elegant as the names previously mentioned, he does manage to achieve his own concoction of a voice, which is a bit of an acquired taste Those familiar with the floridity of Gothic prose will enjoy it.

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It is quite remarkable that he is able to sustain it throughout all his stories, really. I think it is quite obvious that many of these stories were inspired by dreams. The author himself seems to suggest as much through the opening dedication and the introduction to the book. And indeed, a lot of the stories have a dream logic that runs through them. However, as is the case with dreams, a lot of the ideas aren't really carried all the way through.

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As if there were a time limit to the stories and there is only so much that can be packed into each one. I think this is due to the fact that these stories were first presented as podcasts. This limits the scope of the stories and many interesting ideas end up being abandoned in just a couple of pages. Frequently, it felt like reading a bedtime story book, albeit a dark and sinister one.

I found it an easy read, and even rationed out the stories to one a night to savour the style and aesthetic. I imagine others might find the florid prose harder to work through, but I do applaud the unique vision that was created through the stories in the book and the design of the book itself. May 19, Michael Adams rated it it was amazing Shelves: modern-fantasy , modern-weird-fiction , modern-horror , strange-stories , monsters , dream-logic.

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A Unique Vision An impressive first collection from author and podcaster M. These are tales of twisted logic, ventures into strange realms, and encounters with incomprehensible entities. There is an impressive range of ideas and some genuine imagination on display here. The prose varies a little in quality, but colorful and varied vocabulary makes up for some of the rough spots.

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I would definitely recommend this book to readers of dark fantasy, horror, and weird fiction. Dec 23, T. In a nutshell, if you like taking a white-knuckled ride into the darker corners of the imagination, then this is a book for you. The first thing you notice about this book is the graphic presentation.


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It's a hard cover, black in color with an intricate silver foil illustration on the front. Open the book and the end papers are artwork unto themselves, the paper is heavy grade, and each story has it's own individual illustration on its first page illustrations courtesy of John F.

Stifter The des In a nutshell, if you like taking a white-knuckled ride into the darker corners of the imagination, then this is a book for you. Stifter The design alone tells you you're not in for the same old short story collection. Our author, the enigmatic M. Amanuensis Sharkchild compiled this volume from material for his spoken word podcast, The Dark Verse.

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Collected here are 26 of those stories, stories as lovingly crafted as the book itself is. The term "wordsmith" comes to mind in describing Sharkchild's writing Stand outs include: "Gift of the Crossroads", where a scrap of fabric found in the kitchen begins one man's nightmare odyssey. At one point as I was reading this story, I literally exclaimed out loud "God! That rarely if ever happens when I'm reading anything. The book is obviously a labour of love and artistry in the way it's presented. Nearly every story, while more than able to stand alone on it's own as a self-contained jewel, could be expanded to a novel-length exploration.

It's as if each story is but a fleeting glimpse into one universe of the insane and horrific. Yes, the writing is that good. Jan 16, Jamie McMahan rated it did not like it. There are many authors who excel at weaving modern tales of horror and the supernatural in the vein of what might be called "modern gothic". Stories and novels that use elaborate, almost excessively descriptive language combined with inventive plots to entertain the reader. Thomas Ligotti and Laird Barron are among these. Sadly, this author is not. Indeed it is fortunate that he uses a pseudonym. If I was responsible for the jumbled superfluity of archaic adjectives thrown on a page, draped over There are many authors who excel at weaving modern tales of horror and the supernatural in the vein of what might be called "modern gothic".

If I was responsible for the jumbled superfluity of archaic adjectives thrown on a page, draped over plots that could only be described as thin at best, in an effort to fool the reader into thinking he or she might be reading a brilliant piece of gothic fiction, I too would write under a fictitious name. It is a difficult thing to try to evoke an oranate, gothic feel in modern writing.

For that reason I suppose I shouldn't be overly critical of the author here.

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It is a difficult thing in modern writing to conjure up a feeling of dark, gothic fantasy. Writers who attempt it walk a razor's edge between success and falling over the edge into the realm of hokey hyperbole. Sadly, this collection of stories falls over that edge. For those who are interested in reading fiction written by the modern descendants of Machen and Blackwood, Bierce and Lovecraft, even Poe, there are many worthy novels and short story anthologies.


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  5. Pass this one over in lieu of one of them. Aug 09, Miranda Matos rated it it was amazing Shelves: A series of haunting tales that will chill your spine. The unfolding plot twists and screams of the tortured victims play in your head. You're introduced to all kinds of characters and you see them meet very different, yet similar fates. Pain, devastation, loss of hope, depression, these are just a few words that consumed the characters lives.

    Most of these stories were symbolic. No spoilers, but you can look deeper and see that the author wasn't just trying to traumatized you, there are themes A series of haunting tales that will chill your spine. No spoilers, but you can look deeper and see that the author wasn't just trying to traumatized you, there are themes here. Too many to count, and too many quotes to memorize. Sharkchild, you created a masterpiece. I am very lucky to have met you in person, and I cannot wait to continue on in this series. I'm usually not a big fan of collections of short stories, but this book amazed me.

    Feb 23, Alina rated it really liked it. What can I say, but This is an interesting collection of short stories that were originally told through a podcast by the author. They are weird, blizzard, mind provoking and just plain interesting.