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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Ken Goldman [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

Ken Goldman, author of more than 650 published stories, brings you a 150-page chapbook containing two dark novellas and three of his best twisted tales.

From the psychological serial-killer thrills of the title story to the vehicular horrors of "'Vette Fever", from twisted, suicidal love story of "Hotline" to the wickedly weird artifact in "A Museum Piece", Goldman keeps the reader on the edge of their seats, their Kindles glued to their hands, the reader clinging to the scant light of their ereader as if to a lifeline!

Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore - First there was the awful incident with Donny and the turtle. Artie, Donny's childhood best friend, could forgive that. Then Donny grew up...

Hotline - What's poor, insecure Phoebe to do when the unstable caller on the other end of the phone thinks he's dialed the suicide hotline?

A Museum Piece - The strange skull in the display supposedly stems from a demonic love triangle. But bewitching tour guide Belinda also has a wicked tale of infidelity to tell...

Sine Qua Non - Cultured, privileged, prim and proper, Timothy will tell you: Trying to kill yourself can be murder!

'Vette Fever - Wally's midlife crisis toy seems to literally be making him younger. But the worship of speed, horsepower and youth demands sacrifices...

With most short story collections some of the stories are good and others not so much. Ken Goldman has managed to raise the bar with this book. All of the stories were really good with a few being great. This collection was hard to put down! My favorites were 'Vette Fever, Museum Piece, and the title story Danny Doesn't Live Here Anymore. A fast and fun 4.5 star read.