Welcome to my blog stop on the book blitz for “Dark & Fluffy: Volume II: A Collection of Short Fiction” by Janet Stock.
As an eclectic reviewer, I decided to try an eclectic assortment of short stories for a change, and I think it is one of the shortest short story books I’ve read. Volume II is a mere 70 pages filled with 9 pieces originally written for courses, magazines, novels, and stories that just popped into the author’s head.
Ms. Stock has divided her stories into dark and disturbing and fluffy and happy and I have added my reviews below for each story:
The Man Across the Street – The first story is disturbing and ironic and was created as a writing assignment. It is told from a neighbor’s perspective about the man and wife next door and her disappearance under suspicious circumstances. Suspenseful with a surprising ending.
L.V. Lewis takes us on another erotic ride in the Den of Sin Series in the Beaudelaire Hotel where Sabine Beaudelaire meets the “Hot IT guy”, Xander Fishbourne. Both are have been burned in the past, but the chemistry cannot be ignored and they set a course for the inevitable. My first book in the series, “Rekindling the Flame” has good character development, great settings and very hot sex scenes. This is an erotic, short story that is great for a nice summer read.
An interesting cacophony of short horror stories everywhere from the “I don’t understand” weird kind to the “I don’t want to go to sleep” terrifying kind. Examples of some of the stories that stood out to me are: The Moraine by Simon Bestwick, two hikers confront a fatal mist, The Show by Priya Sharma, a television medium who realizes her skills are not what she thought they were, Final Girl Theory by A.C. Wise, a fan who meets a starlet from a notorious horror B film that makes you rethink what really happens in those films, Omphalos by Livia Llewellyn, a family with disturbing secrets goes camping, Dermot by Simon Bestwick, the odd little man who helps the Special Needs Police Unit, and Final Verse by Chet Williamson, a singer/songwriter who finds out the frightening final verses of an old mysterious song.
Of course there are several more stories in the book that I haven’t mentioned that may be more appealing to others, but no matter which ones you prefer, I recommend you not read the book at night while you are alone. The stories are certain to stay with you for a long time.
Thank you to Night Shade Books and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity to review this book.