Title: Darkest Hours
Author(s): Mike Thorn
No. of pages: 252
Genre: Horror, Short stories
Publication date: November 21st 2017
Date read: October 24th 2018
In the bleak landscape of Darkest Hours, people make decisions that lead them into extreme scenarios – sometimes bizarre, often horrific, always unexpected. Between this book’s covers you will find academics in distress; monsters abused by people; people terrorized by demons; ghostly reminiscences; resurrected trauma; and occult filmmaking. Ranging from satirical to dreadful, these stories share a distinct voice: urgent, sardonic, brutal, but always empathetic.
First of all, let’s admire this awesome cover shall we? I love it when books already have a “well-read” (or watched in this case?) look to it, although it’s new.
What’s behind the cover is maybe even more awesome – I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thorn’s short story. This collection started off with a big bang, called “Hair”. It creeped me out and had me pulling weird faces during my break at work because of the weird fetish the main character has. The second story was really different from the first one and this promised that this would be a very versatile collection.
Because of this versatility, not all of the stories were for me. I had one story that I rated with only two stars, “Mired”, but all of the others were three-and-a-half star or higher. The eventual rating, four out of five, is the average of my ratings of the stories – I really loved it!
If you’re looking for a diverse and original collection of dark stories, Darkest Hours is one I really recommend!
* I was kindly sent an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! Thank you Mike! *