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From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
A Collection of Short Horror Stories
by Darryl Dawson
Darryl Dawson gives readers a glimpse into the
macabre, providing unsettling tales that fit together perfectly into
one horror anthology that is sure to thrill!
The anthology kicks off with my favorite story, “Hamburger Lady”, in
which a teacher tells of a ghostly appearance. Retribution is a key
element to this story and Darryl Dawson creates a haunting atmosphere
that makes it believable. “The Puppet Show” features a bizarre
attraction at a deserted gas station. Anyone who has ever stopped at
one of those isolated gas stations will get a shiver down their spine
after reading this tale! “The House With No Clocks” shows a gambler
whose luck is about to take a turn for the worse. “I Am He Who Laughs
Last” is a new twist on the dangers of viral videos. Short but
frighteningly realistic! “The Crawlspace” ties in with the cover and
was easily the most horrifying tale for me, thanks to a fear of all
things bug-related. “A Test of Faith” features a controlling, abusive
husband and an act that changes it all. Darryl Dawson does an excellent
job at conveying the abusive nature of the husband and making the
reader sympathetic to the wife. “Trick” is a story of revenge by an old
lady at Halloween. “I Scream, You Scream” takes on the ice cream man
and turns him into a nightmare figure. “The Paper Technique” shows a
hypnotist trapped by his own tricks. “Chien Sauvage” shows a cheating
husband getting his comeuppance by a woman he meets online. “Yellow”
offers a new perspective on the traffic light. Short but stunning!
“Closing Time at Teddie’s” is about a haunted nightclub where a
birthday takes a dangerous turn. “Connecting Flight” concludes this
anthology and features a boy at an airport who can levitate. Just how
far will he travel?
THE CRAWLSPACE offers up a variety of tales for all lovers of horror
short stories. Ranging from the bizarre to the mundane (with a twist,
of course), Darryl Dawson covers the gamut in his anthology. “Yellow”
and “Hamburger Lady” are two of my favorites and both are very
different in their impact but with one key similarity- retribution.
Darryl Dawson taps into the reader’s need for justice, often offering
it up in terms that can be both satisfying and disturbing. This is the
mark of a good horror writer- one who can make explore your fears while
at the same time drawing on societal issues, such as sexual abuse,
adultery, and domestic violence. Bravo!
Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 2009)
by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews