by J.W. Schnarr
August 1, 2012
In this collection of 21 short stories, J.W. Schnarr writes very much in the tradition of classic greats such as Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant, but with a completely modern, fresh voice.
With Schnarr it’s not so much about gore and splatter, as it is about sliding like a scalpel inside your head and lodging there. His characters are believable, ordinary people who are hurtled into horrific situations, sometimes of their own making whether through love or stupidity, sometimes not.
The stories sneak up on you and you don’t realize it until the last second. That is a great horror story to me. Each one had me rooting for the heroine, even if they were a bit off. Being an emotional reader, this went over very well. Somehow, JW found that line and not only crossed it, he danced on it making me uncertain which way it would go.