I really enjoy short stories – the darker the better – and whilst
they don’t particularly fall into the horror category, these atmospheric tales
are pretty dark, and also pretty good.
Harrison is a very clever writer, and the imaginative compendium ranges
from outright sci-fi, through simple slice-of-life drama, to the supernatural. It is hard to pick a favourite; I like them
all, to be honest, though I will admit that slick mystery “Joanne” is right up
my street. With “Karma Extra”, Harrison
shows his real dark side – a metaphorical, gut-wrencher of a tale, which is as
twisted and eyebrow-raising as they come.
The stories are not overly clever, complex or smug in any
way, nor do they feel the need to embellish themselves with self-satisfied
twists or dramatic endings; they are simply well-written, engrossing
narratives, which begin, say what they need to say, then end. They all feel the same in tone, yet each is
unique. However, if I were to identify
one common trait among the eight, it would be that they all explore the murkier
streaks of humanity, from a psychological perspective – in this respect, it is
clear that the author knows his subject well.
Harrison is a creative talent, and a good, articulate writer,
with experience of the craft; his screenplay isn’t bad, too. I would be intrigued to read a novel from him,
and hope to one day soon. As for the category,
I have no doubt that it would be of the same decent quality, whether he were to
choose horror, drama, sci-fi or some other.
In fact, Harrison looks to have a real knack for crossing genres, and leaving
the lines ambiguous and blurred, which is wonderful. As well as the themes, if you like a cross
between the melancholy and the macabre, these might be right up your street,
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