TEN PAST MIDNIGHT
Categorized as a paranormal poem and novella collection, this anthology written solely by Toombs sadly misses the mark set by the author’s previous works. With no continuity from story to story, readers hoping to learn what happens to the characters will be disappointed. While a couple of the shorter tales could be expanded upon, the longest is a transparent retread of horror genre elements. The three poems are a change of pace but add little to the collection.
In “The Sometime Place,” Vada is apparently trapped in a cabin filling with sand. “In the River” describes the final resting place of a doomed helicopter carrying the coffin of a spirit who returns from the dead over and over again. In “It Can’t Be Mine,” Jolene’s lack of a sense of smell leads to humorous romantic encounters with a lonely ghoul. When a space ship crashes on an alien planet, the crew is transformed in “I Holler Oh Hot Dog.” Teenage Carla made a deal in “Deepwoods” that led her to popularity, wealth and fame, but as an adult she must face the consequences of her actions. Siri is haunted by bad memories after receiving a statue “From the Dark Land” and discovers an ancient Egyptian monster manipulating her every move. (BOOKS WE LOVE, Dec. 2010, dl., $1.99)
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