Who’s There? A collection of stories

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to narrate a collection of stories by Indonesian author Dimas Rio, as it has been a new departure for me. The book consists of five tales, of varying length, having a distinct flavour of Asian horror in the style of The Ring or The Grudge. Other themes are invoked, such as domestic abuse, bereavement, revenge from beyond the grave and legendary nightmare creatures.

My particular favourite is The Voice Canal, a heartwarming story of a young student coming to terms with the loss of his father. The Wandering, the longest of the five stories, is perhaps the most complex, with the use of forgotten correspondence as a means of gradually revealing a shocking truth denied by the protagonist.

Here are some reviews of the book:

“Dark stories that entrance and unnerve.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Nail-biting, psychological and truly thrilling stories. Horror in its most tasteful sense” – K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

“Slow-burn, modern, psychological tales that will appeal to horror fans… an entertaining Southeast Asian flavor of horror for fans of the genre.” – Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite 

“Eerie… gives the reader a creep-out factor on a personal level.” – Tiffany Ferrell for Readers’ Favorite

Have a look on Amazon – the book is available in paperback and Kindle – the Audiobook will be available soon.


World War Zed, or rather, Zee

Whilst Camus’ ‘The Plague’ focused on the effects of contagion on a relatively small community, Max Brooks’ ‘World War Z’ paints a similar story, but with a much broader brush and encompasses themes going far beyond the parochial.

I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, having listened to the audio book twice (more on that in a minute), so I’ve borrowed my daughter’s copy. It is subtitled ‘An oral history of the Zombie War’ and is a collection of fictional (but somehow very real) accounts, from many and various sources, of the results of an infection that reanimates corpses. I won’t go into detail but, if you are interested, buy a copy and find out what happens. It’s nothing like the Brad Pitt movie, so don’t think of it as a book of the film. The film of the book is pale imitation. The accounts are transcripts of interviews with survivors of the Zombie War – which is difficult to make into a movie without breaking the convention that makes the book so believable.

The audio book, on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish. The 2007 version is the one to get hold of, as it is not only narrated by Brooks himself but includes, among many other others, Nathan Fillion, Martin Scorsese, Simon Pegg, Mark Hamill, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, Alfred Molina and F. Murray Abraham. It is utterly fascinating and will keep you gripped for all of its 13 hours running time.

With the world currently suffering from a contagion that has its own perils and problems, World War Z offers remarkably perceptive insights into the behaviour of governments, individuals and big business that have, unfortunately, a disturbing ring of truth. Without the reanimated corpses, of course.