The Outcast Hours is a curious collection of shorts, filled with strange nights and even stranger stories. You’ll find horror stories that start off in the mundane world and end on a surprisingly terrifying note. Fantasy stories that feel like a dream intermixed with stark reality. All of them are shrouded by the mysteries of the dark, by the late hours when strange things happen and no one sees. I found myself mesmerized by the mix of simple settings and characters who lead to complex, terrifying conclusions. At the end of the collection, you’ll be steeped in thought, wondering what’s waiting out there in the night.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
A Couple of Favorites
The Night Mountain, by Jeffrey Alan Love
The Night Mountain is deeply profound, diving into a world filled with dark magical realism as a man attempts to stay with his wife and newborn son who are not what they seem. The narrative haunts in the best way, leaving full comprehension just out of reach. You’re left in a dream-like haze, confused by pictures of a strange pseudo-reality that reeks of magic, fairy tales, and horrors best kept in the night. It was mesmerizing, to say the least.
Sleep Walker, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Sleep Walker straddles mystery, horror, and fantasy, sending us to a show that is never explained. The story starts as a simple enough slice-of-life, following a girl and a man as she guides him to a show everyone knows about but nobody acknowledges. The final destination is terrifying in its simplicity. You’ll feel unease begin to set in as you desperately want to see inside, to know the secrets hidden within the story.
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