Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

I used to love short stories, but over time I simply stopped looking for them.  Short story collections are typically not popular but there are still fans of this rewarding art form out there.   Fan of the form or no, you’ll enjoy reading short fictions by the master of all strange and weird.

There is a lot in this collection.  There are well-crafted poems, tales reminiscent of Poe, even a Sherlock Holmes tale.  My favorites are the last in the collection, a tale about one of the characters from American Gods trekking across the British countryside and drawn into the secrets of a village, and an interview.  The interview is especially unique since it tells the tale only through the answers from a police interrogation.  We don’t know the exact questions, but we get the idea.  And we get the story and it’s a whopper.

The best thing about this collection is the forward.  In it Gaiman tells us why he wrote the story and about his inspiration.  It was neat to get that insight into each work and I checked this part prior to reading each piece.

If you need something short, something different, something fun – try a short story collection, even try this one.