There are three types of horrors, one that Alfred Hitchcock dealt with when he filmed psycho, another Bram Stoker when he wrote Dracula and the third is of course Lovecraftian horror I will say. I am a drop-dead fan of horrors, horror movies and stories are my guilty pleasure I will say! Can’t do without them! As a result I am quite fussy about horror stories/movies especially the former, because horror movies are either good, sufferable or downright disgusting, and mostly you can assess them within first fifteen minutes, and decide whether you will actually watch them, give them a chance or just delete the file! Stories are much tougher- it takes quite some skill to scare your readers! Create that scene in their mind that will make them feel uneasy. A skill which very few authors can master! They don’t have the actors in scary masks or eerie music to help them, or the deserted graveyard or building on the screen to suck viewers in… so becoming a scary story writer is much much harder!!
Now, Tobias’s stories are a blending of Hitchcock and Lovecraft I will say! They are more about human mind. They will often leave you confused if it was actually something paranormal or just a disturbed mind! That snapped or was always that way!
Ghost or not, this book is a gift at $0.99! Believe me! They are sometimes a little explicit, beware but that does not ruins the stories (even for me- someone who skips the gory parts of movies and never watches torture porns like saw or texas chainsaw massacres)! There is a nice number of stories too- quite nice I will tell you!
He has dealt with many aspects of human psychology- and very deftly I think! None of his stories sound far-fetched or surreal! The way he builds his story by the time it reaches the climax you can feel that the character is quite capable of doing those things- no matter how despicable they are!
The supernatural creatures that have showed up in his stories are quite new, not the same vampires, zombies …. That shows up in most of ghost stories (including mine)! He has given us a fresh set of paranormal beings! Well, even though they are really explicit for my mild taste (sometimes) still I finished the book in two days, so I will say in my records it is good enough! Some stories will stay in your mind! For quite some time before fading away!
The book is for all types of horror addicts I will say, Hitchcockian, Lovecraftian and Stokerian- though more for the first two categories. If you ask my suggestion-go for it! The first story will refund your $0.99!
I will be looking forward to some Stokerian stories from Tobias in future, the stories that will scare simply with the hint of fear! Just think about Bram Stoker’s Dracula- I don’t remember one head rolling in the whole story! The only violent death in that story was most probably of Renfield! But it scared me as a child, and as an adult it ran a shiver down my spine when I read some parts of it! Now, of course after watching horror movies like tree outside my window those effects are gone forever but still… that is to me is real horror!
I will wait for some such works from Tobias and I am sure he has full power to write a few such stories, if he tries!
How many stars will I give it? I think four, I would have merrily given it five stars if it was a little less explicit! But if you love Lovecraftian horrors (which I don’t) you will love it!!!!!
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