Spontaneous Human Combustion

Keylight. Feb. 2022. 248p. ISBN 9781684427543. pap. $19.99. HORROR
With vivid imagery and unsettling familiarity, Thomas’s (Breaker) new collection features 14 stories that transport readers and include an innocuous annual poker game among friends that takes a horrifying turn, a family gathering in a Northern Illinois cornfield to view a meteor shower whose consequences are unforeseen and inescapable, and a professional clown whose true nature is revealed as the makeup comes off. Thomas structures his stories to work in service of the theme and emotion that is at the heart of each. The writing is beautiful and poignant, each story requiring due attention and reflection. Readers who found themselves hypnotized, horrified, and haunted by Eric LaRocca’s The Strange Things We Become need look no further for a read-alike.
VERDICT Fans of science fiction, horror, and dark fiction will relish immersing themselves in this collection for all its grit, lyricism, and unquestionable profundity.
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