Monday, June 4, 2018
THE UNORTHODOX DR. DRAPER AND OTHER STORIES by William Browning Spencer
This collection is incredible. I dig the cover. I dig the stories. I dig it all. Thoroughly disturbing in its setup, making it unputdownable. I read this collection in one gulp. I tried reading in portions, but the stories kept getting better as I read along. I stopped one story and immediately had to start the next one, only pausing when life got in the way. I love a good collection that has the stories in a strong order. There wasn't a weak story in the collection. I thought the stories transitioned well. In fact, the author saved the best for last.
The collection is tongue-in-cheek. It has a unique take on H.P. Lovecraft's mythos. Within these pages are nine short stories and one beautiful poem. I'm a sucker for poetry. These psychological horror stories are filled with twists and humor.
With all short story collections, I have my favorites, and I would like to share them with you now.
Penguins of the Apocalypse
The Tenth Muse
The Indelible Dark
The Unorthodox Dr. Draper
Some of these stories were posted elsewhere prior to the release of this collection. I have never read anything by this author before, but I'm going to check out his other work. This isn't the author's first collection either.
These stories take you where you list expect them to. William Browning Spencer delves into depression, loss, and alcoholism. The tales are dark and weirdly satisfying.