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Book Title: Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales|
The size of the: 413 KB
Edition: Apex Publications
Date of issue: June 27th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780981639086
The author of the book: Fran Friel
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:I'd heard a lot about this book, and who can be surprised? The featured novella was Bram Stoker nominated...as was this entire collection the following year, just missing out to Stephen King, who you might have heard of.
But does it live up to the hype?
I have to say...I think so. Granted, Fran has a more subtle style then the short fiction I tend to read (Laymon, Little, Ketchum, etc) and indeed, then I tend to write. Things might be light on the gore front for some tastes, but this collection does exactly what it says on the tin. Dark Tales.
The everyday and mundane take on sinister turns (I dare you to look at potato roots and not think about 'Mashed' after reading this).
My preferred stories where those that took you away from the contemporary, such as 'The Sea Orphan', a charming tale set on the high seas. The few pieces of poetry featured are great, and this is from a non poetry lover!
My only criticism was the story 'Gravy Pursuits' was a tad weak with a foreseeable conclusion. But then again, one of the things I liked most about this collection, from reading the accompanying notes, is that these are not works collected over decades. These stories were not printed in a SF magazine in 1975. These are examples of workshopped stories and the writer trying new things for them, much the same way I like to challenge myself with each novel I write. I think this makes the collection a bit more personal, and lets the reader get in touch with the writer, and the work, a little bit more.
A fine collection. Hat dipped the Apex.
Read information about the authorFRAN FRIEL is a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist, and winner of the Black Quill Award. She writes Science Fiction, Horror, and Dark Fantasy at the beach along the beautiful Central Coast of California.
Look for the Second Release of Fran's Award Winning Collection, MAMA'S BOY AND OTHER DARK TALES in 2017. It will include New Fiction and Story Revamps of your favorites or soon-to-be favorites!
And don't miss the fantastic anthology, BARBERS AND BEAUTIES, with fiction from Multi-Award Winning Authors, Gary Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, Kealan Patrick Burke, Lisa Morton, Fran Friel and Others.
Stop by for a chat with Fran at Facebook and Twitter. And have a look at her blogging attics at Fran Friel's Yada Feast. Fran's cyber-door is always open. For more info visit: www.franfriel.com or franfriel.blogspot.com.
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