Friday, November 4, 2016

Rare Breeds by Erik Hofstatter [4 stars]

From the Description
Aurel and Zora Schwartz are a married couple trying to make a modern relationship work. But an old secret is going to affect them in ways neither of them can imagine. And Zora’s daughter Livie may find herself caught in a trap built long before she was born. The ending will leave you stunned and speechless. Get ready to scream.
Publication Date: October 20, 2016
Publisher: Dark Silo Press
Publication Length: 74 pages
I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Rare Breeds is twisted, or maybe Erik Hofstatter is. Either way, with Rare Breeds he shows us what a good thing that is when it comes to horror. With a knack for writing characters that are all too realistic, sometimes irredeemably flawed yet still sympathetic, in situations that are intriguing and horrific. To say that his fast paced novella is disturbing would be an understatement. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going another secret was revealed, keeping me glued to the page right up to the shocking end. If you haven't read any of Erik Hofstatter's work this would be a great place to start. A highly recommended 4 star read.
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About the Author
Erik Hofstatter is a schlock horror writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. Other works include The Pariahs, Amaranthine and Other Stories, Katerina, Moribund Tales and Rare Breeds.
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"Like Stephen King and Clive Barker, Hofstatter has a voice that is distinctive and highly engaging, and, like those maestros, is certain to become a major writer in the world of horror." ~ Starburst Magazine
"Erik Hofstatter certainly shows talent." ~ Scream Horror Magazine
"Hofstatter is that rare type of genre writer who’s willing to take a risk, a trait that works in his and his readers favor." ~ Shotgun Logic
"Hofstatter continues to impress with stories that pull no punches, and travel to some genuinely dark places." ~The Eloquent Page
"An audacious exercise in schlock-horror, gleefully twisted." ~ Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove Trilogy
"Erik writes the kind of old school horror fiction that is rarely seen these days, making him a rare breed himself." ~ Paul Kane, author of The Rainbow Man
"This tale of mounting dread and unusual horror creeps in like a night fog and wraps itself around your throat, and when its icy tendrils recede, what is left behind will shock you." ~ Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower Trilogy