Thursday, May 17, 2012
Black Bubbles - by Kelli Owen - An excellent collection
It's rare that I'll give a collection of short stories 5 stars. There are nearly always one or two that don't work for one reason or another. Not the case here. Kelli Owen's Black Bubbles is filled with gems.
The prose is lyrical at times, allowing the reader to relish every word. While reading one story in the collection, I noted, it was as if Kelli was seeing things from the corner of her eye and getting those details down on the page.
There's a lot of variety in this collection, all with the intent to disturb or frighten the reader. In Shadow of Skepticism, a couple of paranormal investigators encounter more than they want to. There's also Kelli's first foray into the world of Zombies, with atypical results, in Feeding the Animals. It all wraps up with the title story, Black Bubbles, a totally original concept of what happens when too many children are taking meds for AD/HD and are no longer having nightmares.
I also really enjoyed Kelli's Notes after each short, where she would relate that story's inspiration.
If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can read Black Bubbles for free as one of your monthly lending library selections. Even if you don't read it for free, it's well worth the price of admission for hours of good solid horror.