A Deep Horror That Was Very Nearly Awe
By J.R. Hamantaschen
J.R. Hamantaschen’s third collection of short stories delivers more inimitable dark fiction. These are eleven tales of macabre horror, filled with estrangement, honor, wonder, terror, delusion, pity, desperation, and perseverance.
The official synopsis blurb for A Deep Horror That Was Very Nearly Awe by J.R. Hamantaschen is very simple and straightforward. It also understates the depth and impact of the stories in this incredible collection. Hamantaschen’s eloquent writing engages your intellect and emotions and pulls you steadily down into unique and varied horrors. The characters are complex and engaging, real people you come to know, empathize with, get caught up in. This expert characterization is clearly a key element used to build tension and dread, for you know you are reading horror and the foreshadowing is truly a warning.
The entire collection is noteworthy, but you will have your favorites as I have mine. For me, one story of particular note is “That’s Just the Way Things Are These Days.” This story is the epitome of deep horror as alluded to in the title of the collection. This unique tale has an incredible and disturbing storyline and a startling ending. I found it very engrossing. I read it twice.
These stories vary greatly in subject matter and intensity. Speculative horror, psychological horror, paranormal horror, even some violent and graphic horror. Whatever your preference, Hamantaschen has characters to grab you by the hand and take you there. The author’s versatility is truly astounding.
Enjoy the stories at face value, or enjoy contemplating the subtext. Or both. This is a shelf-worthy volume, highly recommended for any library, physical or digital.
My only criticism? The cover art. While it clearly is rich with symbolism, I do not personally feel the style and color palette reflect the contents of the book. But that is just my opinion.
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