SCENES OF MILD PERIL
By David Court
Laugh, Cry, Cringe
Across thirty disquieting stories, we’ll encounter such tales as, “Sovereign’s Last Hurrah”, featuring a team of retired super-powered villains embarking on one last caper with their legendary super-hero rival.
“A Comedian Walks into a Bar”, in which a hungry and ambitious amateur learns that the fabled secret of comedy may come at too high a cost. “83”, where the interview for a dream job becomes a nightmare, and “In Vino Veritas, In Vino Mors”, where a dying wine collector takes part in a very special tasting session, courtesy of a very special visitor.
You’ll encounter possessed little fingers, magic swords, sanity-defying factories, stranded astronauts, Lovecraftian librarians, virulent plagues, and por scratchings … all with a twist in the tale, courtesy of the equally twisted mind of David Court.
Scenes of Mild Peril by David Court opens with a delightful Forward by the author himself. This is followed by a thought-provoking quote. Turn the page. There you find the first offering of the collection. It is a flash piece titled “Obsession.” It chilled me to the bone.I sit in frightened wonder as I contemplate turning to the next piece.
But turn to the next piece I did. I confess, I did not read this whole collection in one sitting. Some of the stories are just too powerful and required me to step away from the collection for a bit. Some of my favorites are included in the following notations.
I physically felt the face I made when I finished reading “83,” such was its intensity of expression.
“Sovereign’s Last Hurrah” is a well-written and fun story for the inner geek in all of us.
“Safety Record,” for the record, is an unexpectedly brilliant little piece that caused me to choke on my lunch.
Ah, “Secret Origins”: the one that made me shout an expletive at the end. Out loud. It is a crafty, poetic piece.
“Let it Cry” is horrifying at heart-wrenching. There seemed to be something in my eye when I read it. My eyes just kept watering.
This collection made me feel a much broader range of emotions than I expected. The pieces herein evoke humor, horror, sadness, anger, surprise, and variations thereof. They vary greatly from one another in content, intensity, and theme.
Scenes of Mild Peril is superbly done. The flash fiction hits you like a brain freeze. The stories twist your mind, your gut, and your emotions. And the poetry … ah the poetry. A surprising bonus for the mind.
It is disturbing.
It is chilling.
It is exhausting.
It is a must have and a must read.
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About the Author: David Court
David Court is a short story author and novelist, whose works have appeared in over a dozen venues including Tales to Terrify, Strangely Funny, Fears Accomplice and The Voices Within. Whilst primarily a horror writer, he also writes science fiction, poetry and satire.
His writing style has been described as “Darkly cynical” and “Quirky and highly readable” and David can’t bring himself to disagree with either of those statements.
Growing up in the UK in the eighties, David’s earliest influences were the books of Stephen King and Clive Barker, and the films of John Carpenter and George Romero. The first wave of Video Nasties may also have had a profound effect on his psyche.
As well as being a proud VIP writer for Stitched Smile Publications, David works as a Software Developer and lives in Coventry with his wife, three cats and an ever-growing beard. David’s wife once asked him if he’d write about how great she was. David replied that he would, because he specialized in short fiction. Despite that, they are still married.