The Black Maybe: Liminal Stories

Valancourt. Oct. 2022. 310p. ISBN 9781954321700. pap. $17.99. HORROR
DEBUTFrom Hungarian author Veres, this is a profoundly unsettling collection of horror short stories. The stories range from travelogues of eldritch horrors in “Multiplied by Zero,” the impoverished weirdness of rural landscapes in the title story “The Black Maybe,” and dark tales of the city, such as “Fogtown.” Each tale wraps you in the crisp concise language of the author and translator and whisks you away to horrors spanning from cosmic darkness to the traumas of childhood. It seems that every story is an earworm of terror that will stick with the reader long after the collection is returned, an almost perfect short story collection. Veres’s debut collection is startlingly unique, but tonally similar read-alikes that might appeal include H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Kathe Koja’s Velocities.
VERDICT An excellent addition for libraries looking to expand their horror collection with gripping and innovative content.
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