Unsettling is the key word whenever Steve Rasnic Tem is the subject of discussion. In his latest release from Valancourt Books, unsettling seems too small a word. More on that later, right now I want to touch on just a few of the stories in this collection.
FIELD OF SHOES 2.5 pages of sheer disturbance. So short, yet so powerful.
A STAY AT THE SHORES Just a brief stay until the next ship arrives. If if arrives.
THE DEAD OUTSIDE MY DOOR How long before YOU are outside the door?
THE WALLS ARE TREMBLING In fact, the entire house is trembling.
SLEEPOVER That chilling final line. Will our children be mad at us for perpetuating and even escalating climage change?
Nearly all the tales here intrigued and disturbed me. Age old themes of… well, aging, grief and loss reside in these pages, as well as keen observations seen in a new light.
I’ve loved the writing of this man since I became a teenager and that will never change. His writing fascinated me during my teens and twenties, beguiled me in my thirties and forties, and now he’s unsettled the hell out of me again. Steve Rasnic Tem has been like family to me, (better than some real family, to be honest), because he’s been a part of my life for so long. Perhaps you should make him a part of yours?
My highest recommendation, especially to fans of dark, weird fiction!
Signed limited editions are available for pre-order here:https://www.valancourtbooks.com/thanatrauma-2021.html
Thank you to Valancourt Books for this paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback,. This is it! I still pre-ordered my hard copy from them just the same.