Reading this book was the literary version of walking on the wild side. The dark and wild side.
This was my first experience reading Gemma Files’ work, but it won’t be my last. I’ve read comparisons to Ligotti and Barron, and even though I think they’re comparable, I think Ms. Files holds a distinct spot of her own. IN THAT ENDLESSNESS, OUR END contains a wide array of stories and among the ones I enjoyed most were:
THIS IT HOW IT ENDS. I kind of felt a science fiction vibe with one. Maybe I was duped?
BULB In light of the power outages going on in Texas right now, it’s easy for me to imagine that something might be living in the grid.
THE PUPPET MOTEL The title of this alone is creepy, but add in the sound, a tone perhaps, “an inhuman frequency.” A sound beckoning for you to…
COME CLOSER. What happens when that spooky house in neighborhood keeps somehow moving?
CUT FRAME Picture old school Hollywood, featuring the dark and mysterious star of B movies, Tamar Dusk.
ALWAYS AFTER THREE In a young couple’s apartment in an old building where renovations are never over-an odor arrives. Where is that smell coming from? And why does it only start stinking after 3:00 am?
VENIO Draw your door and tell your story! (Really loved this one!)
I responded to most of these tales on a visceral level. There is a constant…hum, a certain..tone, that permeates all of the stories in this volume. It sneaks past the factual, logical, Spock-like portions of my brain and speaks directly to that emotional portion, that portion that senses things, that senses things aren’t right. It’s unsettling and disturbing and I loved every freaking second of it!
My highest recommendation!
Thank you to Grimbscribe Press and to the author the paperback ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.