A satisfying trio of dark cautionary tales in the style of Richard
Laymon, the 'Trinity...' is good, well-crafted horror, from an author who
clearly spends alot of time indulging in the genre - the stories are familiar,
the characters stereotypically deranged and deliciously twisted.
I really enjoyed these three tales - each has a great sense of
atmosphere, satisfying dialogue and a range of personalities which we have come
to expect in such shorts, and would not realistically be found anywhere else.
You can tell an author which has fun with her writing, and Kyla clearly has
alot of fun - this is why we love to read their books. She has a real knack for
punchy, satisfying dialogue and a good descriptive prose, with a perfect sense
of timing - as one scene, one conversation and one incident leads to the next,
it does so each time with a good, comfortable fluency; in writing, particularly
short-story writing - as in stand-up or flash fiction - timing is everything,
and Kyla nails it.
I suspect that she wrote the tales in the order they feature, as you can
see her writing style subtly evolving with each, culminating in a lip-licking
erotic thriller, which hints at, but doesn't quite prod at, a fetishist
suggestion in the author's future work; something which I would very much like
to see. The first, "Junk for Two", although a good read, lacks a
little in the range of its descriptive vocabulary, something which improves to
some extent; having said that, I do feel Kyla's overall writing will benefit as
she develops as a wordsmith. Likewise, the punchy pace of this book is fun, but
the sentences are perhaps a little too punchy, particularly in "Junk for
Two" - I'd like to see them a little longer and more descriptive.
Still, Kyla is not far off being the finished article, certainly where
her genre is concerned, and if she is to continue writing prolifically, I've no
doubt she'll produce increasingly good stuff - I'd look forward to that.
Coupled with Kyla's clear indulgence, in the way she litters her graphic scenes
with juicy effects and adjectives, here are all the makings of tongue-in-cheek,
grisly horror fun for grown-ups. Although my favourite of the three stories has
to be the shortest: "Iris", I'd love to read a novel Kyla has penned,
and hope to do so soon.
"Jilted Love" does leave you wanting more, but in a good way -
I'd like to have seen a fourth tale in this collection, with a satisfyingly
killer story, just to end on a satisfied sigh, but as it is, this book is
definitely worth a read, and I recommend it.
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