book is a collection of 14 short horror stories by newcomer Steven
The stories here cover quite a few different themes. You have
bad parents like in “Father and Son” which has no supernatural
elements which makes it all the more evil for its normality. Monsters
like in “Ungodly Cause” which is just one more reason to look
inside for happiness rather than in a surgical blade. There are
also demons, spirits, and worst of all, evil teenagers.
I’m not a huge fan of short stories. I generally don’t learn enough
about the characters in such a short amount of time to really
care for their fate.
Someone who really enjoys short stories would probably rate this
collection higher than me. With that said there are a couple of
people whose fate is so bleak that I did wind up caring about
them only because you don’t want things that horrible happening
to anyone, no matter who they are.
Some of his stories are almost like scenes clipped out of movies.
There’s no regular beginning, middle, end, just smaller scenes
of a big picture that’s lurking about offstage. Sometimes this
was annoying as I didn’t really get what was going on but other
times I thought it added to the story to have to wonder the reasons
The best story in the book is “Feels Like Stephen King.” I wanted
to not like it thinking the title was too gimmicky but Mr. King
is mentioned only once, when a struggling writer finally sells
a novel. The story itself has an “In the Mouth of Madness” feel
to it. It’s the most fleshed out of the bunch (pun intended!)
I think this writer has a lot of potential and will improve with
age. Mr. Deighan is only 22 and while there isn’t anything wrong
with that, he has a lot of years ahead of him for life to have
the opportunity to smack him upside the head which can only improve
a horror writer.