Gory and graphic, Daley’s writing takes the reader into his world of intense horror with the thirteen stories contained within these pages.
This collection offers something for everyone, as the author covers different themes with his stories, including horror, monsters, zombies, sci-fi/fantasy and dark humour. While every story may not appeal to all readers, 13 Drops Of Blood offers a broad selection of stories and every one should be able to find one (or more) they like.
Daley’s excellent ability to describe the scene draws the reader into the story as even the minor details of the story are brought to life on the page.
Daley’s writing is sure to strike a chord in horror aficionados everywhere.
Some of the stories that deserve additional mention are: The Exhibition, Baby, Jonathan Vs The Perfect Ten and Humpy and Shrivels.
Here’s a quick description of the stories contained in this collection.
The Exhibition: Scott Beach is a horror fanatic, he and his wife Penny have paid 200$ for tickets to a one night only, horror show. The exhibition was designed to scare people, but as Scott and Penny move through the strange rooms, they start to realize the show is not at all what they expected it to be.
The Confession: George Lewis is being held for questioning. Police officers, Martin and McKean, aren’t sure what to make of the supernatural events George relates to them in his story.
Baby: Richard has a secret only his best friend Steven knows about. Not even Richard’s wife, Jennifer, is privy to the information. When Jennifer announces her pregnancy, Richard realizes he’s running out of time to share his secret with her.
A Ghost In My Room: When visited by the ghost of his wife, who’s still alive, the main character must decide what to he’s supposed to do with the information he’s been given.
Jonathan Vs The Perfect Ten: Jonathan Weakly owns a zoo, but not just any zoo. The animals contained within are genetically bred to mammoth proportions. When the town becomes split on whether or not the zoo should stay, Jonathan and the town mayor come up with a solution.
The Hanging Tree: The Hanging Tree carries with it a legend and for that reason, hasn’t been used in a long while. When Mort is charged with shooting the sheriff, Doc and Red have opposing views to where Mort should be hung. Do they use the town square or ignore the legend and use the Hanging Tree?
Thoughts Of The Dead: David Kyle McClure is dead, but he still has a story to tell. Held in a room by the military, he explains how he went from family man to one of the walking dead.
Summer Of 1816: This story takes the reader into a world based on facts and offers a tale of how Mary Shelley may have come up with the idea of her famous novel, Frankenstein.
Fallen: Alex Greenly is trapped on the roof of a building. As the living dead close in, he comes to the realization that he’s left with very few options.
The Relation Ship: A boy leaves his friends behind to travel the ocean with a woman named Lilith on a ship built from love. As years pass, the boy comes to realize nothing is what it seems.
Suffer Shirley Gunn: Shirley Gunn’s dog, Blueberry, has something important to tell her. Shirley isn’t prepared to hear her dog talk, nor is she ready for the message Blueberry ha to deliver.
Humpy And Shrivels: A dark, comedic tale about two men, Gusto and Hubert. Both men suffer from their own physical deformity, until one night when they encounter a monster in a graveyard who changes everything.
Curse Of The Blind Eel: Jonathan and William are on a mission to destroy the Count, an age old vampire. The brothers have a solid plan, that is until William’s bowels get in the way.
Four of out Five Stars
***13 Drops of Blood is recommended as Mandytory reading***
Surprises are nice and great surprises are even better. That’s what “Odd Places” by Guy Anthony De Marco was for me. I received his collection of short stories in my loot bag at KillerCon 4 when I attended the convention in Las Vegas. (SURPRISE!)
Odd Places was the readable I recently chose to take with me on a four-hour road trip to Toronto. Needless to say, I finished the book long before I arrived in Toronto. I love short story collections and this one did not disappoint. (GREAT SURPRISE!)
From flash length to longer shorts, De Marco covers a wide gamut with the 32 tales contained in this collection. Previously published in the likes of Necrotic Tissue, Six Sentences, Goose Creek Literary and many other speculative fiction markets, this book will surely entertain the short story lover in you.
Here are some of the stories that stood out:
1- Dead Meat: A local farmer approaches the butcher with a strange, yet lucrative offer.
2- The Prize: A story about an odd family and their robot butler who seems to suffer from a few glitches.
3- I Hate Sunday School: Kids will do almost anything to get out of Sunday School, especially this kid from this school.
4- Crazy Taxi: Not only is this cabbie a terrible driver, he also knows too much about his passenger.
5- Death Grip: If you could see Death before it got to others around you, would you try to stop it from happening?
6- The Lonely Dead: A creepy who-dun-it? story with a surprise ending.
7- Steaks: A flash story about a cattle truck driver who’s miserable with his job.
*These are just a few of the great stories contained in this book.*
***Odd Places is recommended as Mandytory reading***