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Death and fond evocations of smalltown life blend in varying concentrations throughout this trio of offbeat riffs on traditional horror themes.
Best known as a satirical novelist who has turned unlikely subjects such as competitive embalming (The Unnatural) and the dark side of hometown hero worship (Serial Killer Days) into morbidly amusing entertainments, Prill, in his first collection of short fiction, conjures a variety of moods, ranging from playful irreverence to bittersweet nostalgia.
Horror and fantasy fans who appreciate a clever admixture of humor and nostalgia with chills will be gratified by Prill's work.
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Although Prill's low-key style and deadpan wit help these tales to go down easy, readers will find that they lodge in the memory long after the book is closed. Prill's latest, slim volume contains two short stories and a novella.
The strongest of the lot is the very clever "Dating Secrets of the Dead." Jerry, felled by a brain tumor, has a crush on the "new" dead girl, Caroline.
The novella, "The Last Horror Show," is a young man's nostalgic look back at the wonder and the magic that horror shows held for him when he was even younger.
In the other story, "Carnyvore," the members of a carnival, categorically banned by the town of Elmville's bureaucracy, decide to take revenge in a particularly fitting manner.
All rights reserved This is a slim hardcover I received as a gift two years ago and recently read.