SFF

After the People Lights Have Gone Off

Dark House. Sept. 2014. 300p. ISBN 9781940430256. pap. $15.95. HORROR
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Here is a creepy and sometimes provocative aggregation of 15 unrelated stories, each told with a different voice. The principal players include werewolves, metaphysical Native Americans, alien marionettes, a parasitic and kleptomaniacal hoodie, lethal movie ghosts, living tattoos, and dead people who just refuse to stay that way. Though briefly told, these tales are not simple. There is an underlying elegance bolstering the quick and descriptive style.
VERDICT All fans of horror anthologies, regardless of age, will enjoy this quick and very versatile book by Jones, a Shirley Jackson and a Bram Stoker Award finalist (Flush Boy; Story of Z). It is not in the vein of current pop-monster love stories, so readers looking for mooning teen vampires will be disappointed. But fans of edgy horror will enjoy it as a stand-alone collection.

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