By Keith W. Lofthouse
The darkest subject matters – violent crime (‘Blood purple and the 8th Dwarf’), suicide (‘Pin again Your Ears and Smile’) and the spectre of incest (‘Terror via Torchlight’) – are tempered via the sunshine (‘If Horses may well Talk’, ‘Old Lady’s Dream’, ‘Crown for the Coronet’). yet even within the lightest, darkness lurks.
No personality in those stories – the overzealous cop in ‘Sweet Transvestite’, the brutal husband in ‘Cutting Board Killer’, the mysterious guy at the run in ‘Strangers on a aircraft’ – will cease to sniff the roses. The convicted rapist / killer in ‘Devil’s Doorway’ will infrequently get the opportunity … yet is the dying Row inmate in charge, or innocent?
The fact is that the realm could be a darkish position. It turns bleak and forbidding within the futuristic ‘Thirty11’ whilst, thankfully, none folks may be around.
The reader, i am hoping, will believe for the sufferers: the terrified eyewitness of ‘Snitch within the Ditch’, the bullied boy within the ‘Sheriff of Rottenham’, and desolate paraplegic in ‘Crushed’. they might see humour in ‘Nuts at Christmas’, and the disappointment in the back of it. ‘Day of Reckoning’ and ‘Rush Hour’ are supposed to be enjoyable.
This is a publication if you happen to love animals. they've got vital roles to play in lots of of those stories – as does the extraordinary insect.
It is the writer’s so much earnest want that no tale will finish how you imagine it might.
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30 Shades of Darkness: 30 Twisting Tales by Keith W. Lofthouse