I Will Rot Without You – Danger Slater
Reviewed By Steve Stred
Huh. This is my first foray into bizarro, and my immediate reaction is ‘Huh. I shouldn’t have liked that.’
This is absolutely the most insane love story I’ve ever read and I think at its core Slater phenomenally relays the pure unhinged emotions we can go through during love.
Each chapter itself could be described as mini-vignettes, looking into the main characters life, as things continue to spiral down and down and down.
He can’t get his life back to where he needs it but he tries, good lord does he try. Along the way we are introduced to some truly absurd characters and Slater does a great job of lowing the depressive tone by making them over the top. Some of the dialogue is comedy gold and will have you smiling and even laughing out loud.
I don’t see myself pursuing much more bizarro, but that’s a personal choice, not a reflection on this work.
If you’re looking for a really well done, oddly emotional take on just how over our heads we humans can find ourselves dealing with love, I definitely recommend this quick read.
Star Rating (out of 5): 4*
I Will Rot Without You
WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART AND YOUR BODY STARTS TO ROT, LET THE ROACHES LEAD.
Meet Ernie. His life is a mess. Gretchen’s gone, and the apartment they once shared in this grey, grim city is now overrun with intelligent mold and sinister bugs.
Then his neighbor Dee shows up, so smart and lovely. If he can just get past the fact that her jealous boyfriend could reach out of her blouse and punch him in the face at any moment, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Unfortunately for all involved, a Great Storm is coming and it will wash away everything we’ve ever known about the human heart.
Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author. Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.
Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.
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The Girl Who Hid In The Trees
Something lurks just beyond.
Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.
Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.
Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.
Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.
But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.
She’s out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.
From the dark mind of Steve Stred, the author of Wagon Buddy, YURI and Invisible comes this fast-paced, seat of your pants coming-of-age tale. A quick, violent, bleak read, The Girl Who Hid In The Trees will make you think twice about those sounds you hear far off in the woods.