Genre: short stories/ dark fantasy
I have always had mixed views on short fiction collections (sometimes they work well, other times many of the stories within completely seem to miss the mark) and this latest example is no exception. Though no stranger to the dark fantasy genre, I am afraid to say that I struggled with many of the stories collected herein. I often felt as though I had walked in halfway through the plot. Many of the stories work in the fact that they left me feeling appalled, disturbed and uncomfortable in equal measures (as I am sure the author fully intended) but none of them really resonated with me or left me with any positive lasting impressions.
Unfortunately this collection merely left me cold. High points of this collection include Trill, that offers a different take on the tale of The Pied Piper Of Hamlyn whilst low points include Seed and the depressing and grim Forced Expiration.