Archive for February, 2014

Review: Carnival Freak

Posted: February 27, 2014 in Book Reviews

Carnival Freak
Carnival Freak by Billie Sue Mosiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Cautionary Carnival Ride

Yowsa (this is a technical term describing the visceral reaction to a piece of fiction that reaches up from the page and smacks you in the face…repeatedly).

Billie Sue Mosiman is a wicked, wicked writer. She sets up the reader beautifully, even as the carnival barker sets up those few guests willing to take that ill-advised step from relative light into unknown darkness—where they have been warned they might not want to go. Down that long dark hall where the real freaks are waiting.

Of course the question is always the same: Who ARE the real freaks?

This story, as with all really good short fiction, has a twist (and what a deliciously mean twist it is), but it works beautifully without it…which is also the mark of truly fine short fiction.

This was my first Mosiman tale. It will not be last. Bravo.

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Review: Enoch’s Devil

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Book Reviews

Enoch's Devil
Enoch’s Devil by Suzi M
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Lighthearted Toe-Curler

Enoch’s Devil is one twisted little tale.

Suzi M has knocked out a tasty treat for Lovecraft fans, as well as those with a darker, biblical mythology fetish.

This is a quick, one-sitting read that manages to be almost cute while still making the reader squirm.

Well done.

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