Monday, 1 February 2016

Book Review: Little Penny Dreadfuls by Andrew Garvey and Mike Staples

Title: Little Penny Dreadfuls: 99 Stories of 99 Words
Author: Andrew Garvey & Mike Staples
Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 108
Format: eBook PDF
Genre: Flash Fiction/Horror
Source: Review Copy from Slasher Media


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Little Penny Dreadfuls is a collection of 99 dark tales of 99 words exploring horror, monsters, fear, darkness, despair, love-gone-wrong and the bitter things humans hide inside. (Goodreads Synopsis)


I rarely accept bulk review requests from PR companies, nor do I read much horror these days; however, this time I made an exception because the concept for this book was so striking. Crafting a story in just 99 words is not easy, so I was interested to see whether it would work and, for the most part, it does. 

The stories feel complete. Some I enjoyed more than others, but that's down to personal preference. I did notice a handful of grammatically issues. A few, I believe, were caused by the need to stick to 99 words; however, others were definite slips. So perhaps another round of edits/proofing would have helped. Other than that, though, this was an enjoyable read, with moments that made me cringe and moments that brought a wicked smile to my lips. Recommended for horror fans looking for a quick little read.

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