Being that I am pressed for time, I will try to keep this review brief. SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION is an excellent collection of stories and well worth your time!
Richard Thomas is a new to me author, though I’ve seen him around on Goodreads and other social media. It’s always fun to read a new author. If I like their work, it’s fun to go back and see what else they’ve written and that’s what I plan to do.
I read a lot of collections and anthologies. As with most, there were some stories that didn’t work all that well for me, but looking at my notes indicates that most of them DID. I especially liked REPENT, BATTLE NOT WITH MONSTERS, NODUS TOLLENS, (Flip that coin!), OPEN WATERS, (a tale of virtual reality), and the Lovecraftian entry IN HIS HOUSE. These stories showed an ability to write in all kinds of genres, (though almost all of them dark), and an incredible imagination along with the skills to get everything down in a way that intrigues the reader and leaving them wanting more.
The tales here are followed by a section of Endnotes, wherein Mr. Thomas gives us a snippets about the stories and how they came about. I absolutely loved reading these and read each one after I finished the stories, (because sometimes Endnotes can be spoiler-y.) It makes me feel somehow special knowing the history behind a tale and how it came about.
Overall, SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION captured my attention and even though I was reading novels in between stories, I always felt the urge to go back and continuing reading these instead. For that reason, I’m giving this collection 4 stars and I am off to find other Richard Thomas books to add to my already massive TBR pile.
Thank you to Turner Publishing for the paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!