If you read the blurb for Disturbing Works, it is described as a “collection of deliciously twisted short stories”. I couldn’t come up with a better description for it if I tried my utmost. This is a collection that has been designed to simultaneously unsettle and entice a reader and it manages it brilliantly.
In a series of disturbing short stories, Jon Richter deftly moves through various genres. This lends the collection a welcome variety that means that a reader can make their way through Disturbing Works at whatever pace they choose. They might choose to read them one at a time, spreading them our and savouring them. If they choose that, I recommend avoiding using Disturbing Works as a pre-bedtime read. They might, like me, choose to devour the entire collection in one sitting. In that case, the fantastic variety between the stories will help them each stand out as the intriguing pieces of fiction that they are.
This was a collection that went from strength to strength. Each of the short stories in Disturbing Works earned its place in the work and title of the collection as a whole.
Even if I did really enjoy all of the short stories in Disturbing Works, I had some stand out favourites. The Thinker was a haunting sci-fi story packed full of dysfunctional relationships, danger and the monsters that lurk in space. If you are a fan of Black Mirror (who isn’t?), you need to check out Blink, a harrowing look into technologies not so seamless integration into our everyday life. My absolute favourite however had to be Infestation. This was a horrifying fairy tale, that is perfect for fans of Angela Carter. It was an unsettling and claustrophobic look at one woman’s determination to keep her dream alive and the way we so often overlook any problems that aren’t our own.
Disturbing Works is packed full of stories that will haunt you long after you finish reading them. As each of the stories draw to a close, something crawls from them and lingers in you. If you love fiction that unsettles you, you need to check it out. You can pick it up on Amazon here, if you are feeling intrigued.
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