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“An excellent collection of short stories that leave you questioning whether or not your darker side is similar to some of those mentioned. The story Quid Pro Quo has me identifying with that character. It is worth a read.”see full review » see other reviews »
“An excellent collection of short stories that leave you questioning whether or not your darker side is similar to some of those mentioned. The story Quid Pro Quo has me identifying with that character. It is worth a read.”Easydemon wrote this review Saturday, June 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In his introduction, Michael Twist pays homage to some of the "classic masters" of literary horror fiction. Indeed, that is exactly what this collection of twisted tales does! Elements of Darkness is truly refreshing in that these tales penetrate to your very core with their depth and create an emotional punch without having to rely on slasher tactics to get the readers' attention. True terror comes from within--that clenching of your gut when the final "Aha!" moment is revealed.
Yes, there were some stories in this collection that were a little more "predictable", but the vast majority were overwhelmingly original, and stayed with me for days afterwards. Some of my personal favorites included:
--"Quid Pro Quo": A unique story of revenge. The main character, John Gage, immediately elicits our deepest sympathies. It's impossible NOT to feel for a man whe has faced what John has. Presented with the ultimate choice, this climatic conclusion will have you glued to your seat, mouth agape! :)
--"Time is Money": Extremely clever, well executed story. Again, Mr. Twist's flawless characterization demands your undivided attention. The finale in this one is a true gut-rencher!
--"Gary's Home": A story of nursing home resident's at the mercy of a very nasty individual....
Other standouts that I don't want to summarize for fear of giving away too much, include; "Coldest Bottle", "Tom's Trial" (I actually shuddered with the conclusion of this one!), "Siblings", and "Moneybag".
I urge anyone with an appreciation for creeping, dread-inducing stories to check out this outstanding collection from author Michael Twist.