Friday, August 26, 2011

Lessons III: Demonic Dolls and Other Morbid Drabbles / Michael Crane

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Flash Fiction/Horror

Approximate word count: 3,500-4,000 words

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Michael Crane is a graduate in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago, his hometown school. Crane has an addiction to Red Bull and a pet chinchilla that is reputed to be bloodthirsty. In addition to the first two Lessons volumes, Crane has a short story collection, In Decline, and a novelette, A Gnome Problem, available for your Kindle. He has also been featured in many short story anthologies. On rare occasions, Crane will post on his blog.


In his newest collection of drabbles, flash fiction pieces of exactly 100 words, Crane’s theme is playtime, with deranged toys figuring in many of the stories.


In this volume, Crane continues his popular series of drabbles – most horror, many darkly comedic. Telling a story in one-hundred words, start to finish, is story writing at its most extreme. Crane gives us thirty, each well done – spare of prose, simple of plot, yet complete. Who’d have guessed toys were so evil? Perfect to read when you have a spare minute, and no more.

As a bonus, a flash fiction piece from each of five Indie author peers is included. Daniel Arenson, Imogen Rose, Jason Anderson, Sean Sweeney, and David Dalglish each contributed.

Yes, this review is one-hundred words.


Some adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars

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