- The Naked eye
Author: Paul Kane
- ISBN: B094N3L1QP
- Published: May 2021
- Pages: 269
- Format reviewed: Hardback
- Review date: 23/06/2021
- Language: English
The prolific, versatile, award-winning British author Paul Kane returns with a collection of eight novelettes, four of which reprints and four previously unpublished.
Kane is a veteran in the area of dark fiction and it shows,because all of the included stories are graced by a firm, enticing narrative style, imaginative plots and well shaped characters.
As always, among the included pieces, I have my own favorites, which to me appear to be the more accomplished stories.
“ The Curse” is a superb, insightful tale portraying a life-long relationship between a man and a woman, never becoming a true love story , but just a tormented series of fleeting, inconclusive encounters.
“ The Queue” is a powerful allegory of what is awaiting us when we sin and break the rules, gripping the reader’s attention from the outset to the very end.
With “ Pure Evil” we are back to sheer horror in a vivid piece showing how dangerous is trying to manipulate a man’s character and brain.
The extremely enjoyable “Another life” depicts how a female werewolf has to learn her lessons the hard way until she meets a potential mate.
Just a few examples of Kane’s great storytelling ability, apt to entertain and disquiet the reader.
Isn’t that what we horror fans want?
Written on 23rd June 2021 by Mario Guslandi.