Reviews of Dark Fiction

These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection by Mick Garris

THESE EVIL THINGS WE DO is chock full of disgusting, weird, obsessed people. I loved every second of it.

This is a collection of novellas followed by a final short novel. Each one of them is unique:

FREE-Are there any moms out there that can honestly say they’ve never thought of just walking away? Maybe just jumping into their car and driving away for awhile? This is the tale of one woman who did.

UGLY-A story of a really terrible plastic surgeon. Well, he’s a good surgeon, but a terrible person. And ugly people do not have the right to live, tarnishing his personal scenery.

TAYLOR’S THIRD ACT-This was my favorite novella. It was totally insane but kind of hilarious all at once.

SNOW SHADOW-A student and a professor both fall for the same teacher. That never ends well.

SALOME– This novel was a tragic story of a marriage turned bad. But even if spouses can no longer stand each other, that doesn’t mean they no longer love each other, does it? This had an excellent mystery at its core and it was fun to unravel.

Prior to being offered this ARC from Fangoria, not gonna lie: I hadn’t heard of Mick Garris. I’ve since researched him a little bit and now I’m not sure how I’ve never come across his name before. I’ve surely come across some of his films, (now that I know they were his.) Regardless of his film work, this volume stands as evidence that the man can write a horror story. Or 5, as the case may be.

HIGHLY recommended!

*Thanks to Fangoria for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection Book Cover These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection
Mick Garris
Horror, Dark Fiction

He’s taken you to haunted hotels, into the lairs of dangerous creatures, and even to the end of the world. Now, master of horror Mick Garris wants to invite you along on a journey into the realm of the most terrifying thing of all: man. From a plastic surgeon with a uniquely disturbing approach to his job to a deranged child genius obsessed with his teacher, These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection explores mankind’s capacity for limitless evil—and how often that evil hides in plain sight. Previously only available in limited print-runs, this collection brings together four of Garris’ works for the first time in a single volume, along with a brand new novella, Free, available exclusively here. So indulge your own inner monster and come along for these five fearsome tales of human wickedness… just don’t be tempted to commit any evil deeds of your own.

“Mick Garris is one hell of a filmmaker. He’s elevated my work and that of everyone else he’s worked with. Of course that makes him a little PSYCHO…”- Stephen King

"Who'd have thought that one of the nicest guys in show business had a secret sideline turning out sinister little short stories and novellas? Mick Garris's creepy, claustrophobic tales feel like sitting in on a group therapy session with some of LA's most damaged souls, each one whispering their own precisely detailed road map to their personal circles of Hell right into your horrified ears."
– Grady Hendrix, Author Paperbacks from Hell

“The esteemed Master of Horror Mick Garris weaves bone-chilling tales of terror in this amazing new collection. Travel from the heart of Los Angeles to a boys’ academy in the United Kingdom and then into the mind of madness itself. Garris weaves unnerving stories and streams of consciousness that examine the truly demented psyche of humanity and explore our deepest desires and nightmares.” – Dr. Rebekah McKendry, Host of Shock Waves Podcast

“If anyone knows horror, it’s Mick Garris. He’s the real deal, and one of the first fans to cross over to creator, wearing every genre hat along the way: publicist, documentarian, screenwriter, director. He’s as steeped in scares as is humanly possible, and here in this collection of short stories we have pure, distilled Mick: a terrifying tipple, bottled at the source.” – Phil Nobile Jr., EIC FANGORIA Magazine

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