Publisher: Five Rivers Press
In this collection of 21 short stories, J.W. Schnarr writes very much in the tradition of classic greats such as Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant, but with a completely modern, fresh voice. With Schnarr it's not so much about gore and splatter, as it is about sliding like a scalpel inside your head and lodging there. His characters are believable, ordinary people who are hurtled into horrific situations, sometimes of their own making whether through love or stupidity, sometimes not. J.W. Schnarr's work has appeared alongside such greats as Clive Barker in "Torn Realities," and his work was dubbed 'Freshest Tale' by "Rue Morgue" magazine.
There were fascinating and imaginative stories like “Dredging Up the Dead”, “Song of the Dead”, “Anna's Jar of Hurts”, “The Terrible Things We Dream In Sleep” & “Dorothy of Kansas”
Gross-out stories like “Survival of the Fattest.”
Funny ones like “Little Sisters Can't Be Trusted.”
And stories that I loved so much I wanted more like, “The Tongue Child” and “Children of the Golden Day.” The last one is a novella which I hope to get my hands on soon.
The stories sneak up on you and you don't realize it until the last second. That is a great horror story to me. Each one had me rooting for the heroine, even if they were a bit off. Being an emotional reader, this went over very well. Somehow, JW found that line and not only crossed it, he danced on it making me uncertain which way it would go.