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   The Collection

The Collection
by Bentley Little

Category: Fiction / Horror
464 pages; ISBN: 0451206096

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Jeannette Trayser


Little tackles some disturbing topics, including pedophilia, family crucifixions, incest and bestiality. Indeed, even fans accustomed to the gore found in Little's novels may be taken aback by the manner in which characters carry out their fetishes and crimes. The main character in "Blood," for example, kills both little boys and grown men without remorse, believing that his macaroni and cheese craves human blood. The supernatural and the unexplained are common themes, but some plot lines are underdeveloped. In "Monteith," readers are left to ponder what would have happened had the main character confronted his wife about a one-word note - written in her hand - that turned his life upside down. Among Little's best offerings are "Bob," a chilling tale of mistaken identity, and "Pillow Talk," a witty yet sad story about bed linens that come to life and ultimately display more human traits than many of the characters in this collection.

This is all together a chilling Little collection of horror stories. Certainly not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Although it isn't the best collection I've read, it certainly entertains and horrifies.



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