Reviewed by Dee
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
LENGTH: 183 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2016
Horror. Romance. The two seem at odds, yet in provocative author Rick R. Reed’s hands, the pair merge like a match made in heaven…or hell. Prepare for a dark journey into an unhinged world populated by ordinary and extraordinary monsters. Unhinged brings you tales that are sometimes chilling, sometimes romantic, sometimes hilarious but always thought-provoking. Stories include:
A chilling and redemptive ghost story
A most unusual and shocking first-time meeting for two lovers
A story revolving around one of the 20th century’s most horrific serial killers
A darkly comic take on the vampire mythos
This collection will make your heart race with passion…in all its forms.
These stories are all very well written. Like most stories some of them resonated with me more than others. However, they all left an impact and one just creeped the bejeezus out of me.
In the first story, soon after Rick moves into a flat with his boyfriend, he starts having strange visions and visitors. When he strikes up a friendship with a neighbor, they embark on a mission to discover the truth of what became of the previous tenants whose spirit appeared to be trapped in limbo. The story is far from predictable, and I guess you could say the ending’s bitter-sweet.
The next story tickled me pink, well the ending did. The main character goes to a party, there he meets a masked man and one with the same name as an infamous murderer. This led me to believe I knew where the story was going, boy was I wrong. Something that could’ve and kind of did go so terribly wrong, ended with a twist that set my heart a flutter.
The third story sent chills up my spine, yikes.
The forth featured a vampire, and confused me somewhat.
The fifth story is about Carter, a gay man hooking up with a married man for sex. Loyalties and sexualities are questioned. When Carter remains behind in the motel room after one of their rendezvous, he finds himself face-to-face with the ghost of Bill. Be still my heart, Bill was an awesome character/ghost.
The final story, featuring newlyweds Carter and Ryan, tore my heart to friggin shreds.
I recommend this anthology to anyone who has an open mind and appreciates well fleshed out characters/translucent apparitions, and stories that suck you in and spit you out.