Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Darker Places" by Shaun Allan

Darker Places
by Shaun Allan

Shaun Allan's Darker Places has just been released and is currently on tour with Indie Minions. The tour stops here today for my review and an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Also available: Dark Places and Sin.

What if you could steal the final moments from the dying? What if you had the darkest secret, but couldn’t think what it might be? What if you entered the forest in the deep of the night. Who is the melting man? And are your neighbours really whom they appear to be?
So many questions.
To find the answers, you must enter a darker place. Thirteen stories. Thirteen poems. Thirteen more doorways.

“See you later”
“Love you”
A response,
silently whispered
my mind filling in,
what my mouth forgot to utter.
I mentally answered,
not thinking
the silent words would not carry,
her ears would not hear
But I hoped her heart would.
I hoped her heart would
snatch the thoughts,
hold them close,
keep them safe.
I should have said it.
I should have told her,
a casual, automatic reply
“Love you too”
its habitual use,
not detracting from,
its constant worth.
I should have said,
a hiccup of the heart,
a cardiac fart,
a chance interruption.
Biding its time,
waiting to strike.
Waiting for me to forget,
to rush
“See you later,” she said.
“Bye,” I replied.
“Love you,” she said.
But later, I died.

Read the short story, "Hunger" on Wattpad.

Praise for the Book
"Darker Places is full of vignettes of the dark. There are monsters, madness, and mayhem. Each entry is a short glimpse into horror, and there is likely something for every horror fan. Some of the poetry reminded me of songs sung around a campfire. The short stories are a bit more gruesome. And, some of them, will stay with you long after you finish reading. Shaun Allan is a great asset to the genre." ~ Danielle DeVor

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Darker Places is a collection of thirteen poems interspersed with thirteen short stories, mainly horror or paranormal, with a hint of humor in some. They focus mainly on the themes of death, love, loss, hunger, and the passage of time.
The author comes up with some truly memorable lines in both his stories and poems, but the rhyming in some of the poems is a bit forced; I much prefer the free verse. The stories are well-written and full of atmosphere but can become a bit repetitive, with death staring everyone in the face. As such, this collection is probably best sampled in small doses, much like a box of fine chocolates. Enjoy!
The poems:
Summer Loving
Swept Away
The House on the Hill
Little Dead Riding Hood
Never Again
The Face of the Storm
The stories:
The Coming
The Masquerade
The Lake
The Crow
Stolen Moments

About the Author
A writer of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into Sin’s point of view and sense of humour although he can’t, at this point, teleport.

Everyone can download FREE copies of Welcome the Night and Of Mice and Mobiles by Shaun Allan.