Reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Besides his involvement with Cemetery Dance , Brian James Freeman is by now recognized as an acclaimed horror writer. A fine example of his writing is provided by the recent successful novel “The Painted Darkness”.
For the numerous readers who have developed an appetite for Freeman’s charming dark fiction, here’s a brand new mini-collection assembling five excellent short stories.
“What They Left Behind” is a scary tale full of tension, set in a dilapidated warehouse ,abandoned since a terrible fire where many people got killed.
In the accomplished, captivating “The Final Lesson” a placid teacher takes revenge on two punks bringing violence and death in a peaceful small village.
“Answering the Call” effectively portraits a young man with a difficult job , namely getting rid of evil souls trying to return from beyond the grave.
The highlights of the volume are two extremely well crafted tales. The first is titled “Among Us” , a great, quite horrific story about the monsters who hide among us and inside us. A frightening horror tale but also a parable about evil lurking in the world. The other story is “Pulled Into Darkness” a tense thriller with a shocking ending taking place during a violent nocturnal storm.
It is now evident that Freeman is no longer a promising horror writer but an established master of the genre.