Saturday, June 16, 2018
Review: Bones: A collection of monsters - by Andrew Cull
A solid collection of longer short stories and a bonus short-short make up this novella-length collection from Australian writer-director Andrew Cull.
Did You Forget About Me? - Cam Miller is a struggling actor and at age thirty he has yet to make his mark. When his long-estranged father dies and leaves Cam his childhood home he contacts his sister and makes plans to visit the property. The trip brings back unpleasant memories and more. Cull makes effective use of his filmmaker's eye for detail. Although this is only a short story, Did You Forget About Me? had something that's been missing in a lot of books I've been reading recently and that's "atmosphere."
Hope and Walker - This is a charming story with a touch of horror. The opening lines, "We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him", immediately drew me in, so important with a short story. This is one exceptional short story. Highly recommended.
The Trade - Another really strong opening line begins this story of something from the woods leaving dead things for a troubled family. "I was seven and that was the Summer death stalked our home." This tale features a slow build with a killer ending.
Knock and You Will See Me - I can't stress enough how a strong opening line can make a short story. Here's another one. "We buried Dad in the Winter. It wasn't until the Spring that we heard from him again." This is one creepy story.
The Rambling Man - A wonderfully gruesome short to wrap up this collection.
Bones is available in both paperback and for the Kindle. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
From the author's bio - Andre Cull is a writer and director of The Dark and The Possession Of David O'Reilly (UK title: The Torment). His first novel, Remains, is due for release later this year.