Reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Besides his involvement with Cemetery Dance , Brian James Freeman is by now recognized asÂ an acclaimed horror writer. A fine example of his writing is provided by Â the recentÂ successfulÂ novel â€œThe Painted Darknessâ€.
For the numerous readers who have developed an appetite for Freemanâ€™sÂ charming dark fiction, hereâ€™sÂ a brand newÂ mini-collection assembling five excellent short stories.
â€œWhat They Left Behindâ€ 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 â€œThe Final Lessonâ€ a placid teacher takes revenge on two punks bringing violence and death in a peaceful small village.
â€œAnswering the Callâ€ 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 â€œAmong Usâ€ , 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 â€œPulled Into Darknessâ€ a tense thriller with a shocking endingÂ 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.