Horror Fiction Reviews

Food of the Gods

By Em Dehaney


A Brilliant Short Story Collection


A perfect corpse floats forever in a watery grave.
A gang member takes a terrifying trip to the seaside.
A deserted cross-channel ferry that serves only the finest Slovakian wines.
Gods and monsters.
Mermaids and witches.
Blood and magic.
Love and death.
From the dark and decadent mind of Em Dehaney come eight tales of seafoam secrets and sweet treats.
Nothing is quite what it seems, but everything is delicious.
This is Food Of The Gods.

Content Review

Food of the Gods by Em Dehaney is a brilliant short story collection from a brilliant mind.  This diverse collection ranges from the darkly poetic to the completely horrific.  There is, in fact, a lovely poem at the end.

The title track, “Food of the Gods,” is the disturbing opening piece.  In it, Em uses a cheery tone to contrast the growing dread and horror of the story, like a fine milk chocolate coating over a dark blood truffle.  The combination adds an amazing complexity to the horror.

The collection continues with “Bellarmine” and “The Disappearing Mermaid,” respectively dark and haunting tales of the horrors of the human condition.

Also included in this collection is a brilliantly written tribute to Lovecraft titled “The Story of Moses” and a wicked tribute to Stoker titled “For Those In Peril on the Sea.”

Then we come to my personal favorite, “The Mermaid’s Purse.”  I love the way this one reels you in and builds steadily upon itself right up to the shocking ending.

That one is followed by the wonderfully disturbing, “Here Be Monsters.”

The collection concludes with the very moving poem “Under the Fringe Tree.”

I adore this collection.  I read the entire thing in one day because each story was so impressive that I could not wait to see what she had written next.  This is an absolutely shelf worthy collection and I look forward to future works of hers.

Get it on Amazon (US): Food Of The Gods

Get it on Amazon (UK): Food of the Gods


About the Author: Em Dehaney

Em Dehaney is a mother of two, a writer of fantasy and a drinker of tea. Born in Gravesend, England, her writing is inspired by the dark and decadent history of her home town. She is made of tea, cake, blood and magic.

You can find her at http://www.emdehaney.com or lurking about on Facebook posting pictures of witches emdehaney@facebook.com


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