Friday, 19 June 2015

Deadwater And Other Weird Tales by David A. Sutton

Reviewer: JW Hicks

What we thought: This collection of tales, written in suitably eclectic styles, is oddly fascinating and at the same time extremely disturbing.

The stories, set in varied times and places, run the gamut of weirdness. Not only are readers transported to the past, projected into the future, but are also confronted by present day eeriness.

From spectral sightings in today’s Wales, the stories veer back and forth in time. Sent back to Caledonia we visit a dying mage, sent to the 19th century Gold Coast we see the result of a witch doctor’s curse, in the Caribbean we meet voodoo priests and zombies and in Victorian Britain we read a highly original interpretation of the Jack the Ripper legend.

Interspersed between these mysterious tales we read of alien abductions, a malevolent Father Christmas, and of a time when nature is regarded as ‘untidy’ and is routinely destroyed by android ‘ghosts’. Finally there is a story which tells of the first manned mission to Mars. As this haunting tale of loneliness and mental turmoil enfolds, the reader becomes laced in a web of doom; but beware, the powerful ending packs a mighty punch.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Spooky stories that keep you awake nights.

Avoid if you don’t like: Horrors that haunt your dreams.

Ideal accompaniments: A litre bottle of Courvoisier V.S. Cognac

Genre: Horror

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