Title: The Eldritch Pastiche from Beyond the Shadow of Horror
Author: Christopher Welch
In: Blood Lite (Kevin J. Anderson)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Comedy, Horror
Format: Short story
Publisher: Pocket Books
5th sentence, 74th page: If you finished Foucault’s Pendulum, you must really have a problem, Chris,” Tom said.
Chris is an addict and just when he thinks he’s about to break the habit, a spectre from his dreams (or is it nightmares) appears in the hopes that he’ll continue…
I laughed at this. So much. And so hard. Maybe a little harder than I needed to. It was late at night, so sue me…
Chris is an addict, and a writer and just when he thinks he’s about to beat the habit, he’s told not to. In the most condescending, patronising way possible. Which was incredibly fun to read. Mostly, I just love the patronising tone of the story and the way in which Welch is able to layer his twisted fantasy world on top of our real one.
There is no message behind this story. It isn’t horrifying or intriguing. But it’s funny. And easy. And just a really enjoyable tale to read late at night before going to bed, with a smile plastered across your lips.
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