Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story
Approximate word count:
The Replacements 3-4,000 words
Afraid of the Dark 5-6,000 words
Bedtime Stories 2-3,000 words
Afraid of the Dark
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“Gamal Hennessy is an author, entertainment attorney and nightlife advocate in New York City.” For more, visit the author’s website.
These are the first three of a planned series with a new short story each month focusing on “the extremes of the human experience.” (Actually Bedtime Stories contains two shorter stories).
The title of this series, Sex and Violence stories, tells the tale of what to expect. Each of the three installments I read had some of both. How each element influenced and drove the story varied, but each was critical. The plots swung from futuristic thriller (Afraid of the Dark), to borderline horror (The Replacements), to one that was on the edge of erotica (Bedtime Stories). Other than sex and violence, what all had in common was that they were well crafted, clever stories that drew me in quickly.
Adult language and situations.
No significant issues except one portion of Bedtime Stories had what I’ll describe as a formatting issue. These were what seemed to be what would appear if using “track changes” in Microsoft Word to keep track of edits. My version was from Smashwords. The Kindle version may not have this issue.
Rating: **** Four stars