Monday, April 29, 2019
At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block
While most of the pieces can make the reader uncomfortable, four stories stood out to me, lingering in memory. My reaction to Joe R. Lansdale's dystopian one was "Wow!" "The Senior Girls Bayonet Drill Team" is told by a high school senior, a girl who has managed to survive all the way through school. It's creepy because it sounds like any team on the way to a "game" in a stadium, but these girls end up scarred for life, or dead as they fight with bayonets against other girls' teams.
Nancy Pickard's "If Only You Would Leave Me" tells of a seemingly perfect couple who can't stand being married any longer. Both partners get to complain before the surprise ending.
"Giant's Despair" by Duane Swierczynski tells of a man who has difficulty using his hands, but finds a way to deal with trouble when his grandchildren's father shows up at the house in the middle of the night.
Then, there's Joe Hill's horror story, "Faun". I can't even give hints about this one without spoiling it. However, there are multiple comments about Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder", if you remember that story.
Those are the four stories that stand out to me. I'm sure other readers would have a different reaction, and appreciate other pieces. However, it's up to you and your local library to decide if this anthology, At Home in the Dark, is worth $50.
At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block. Subterranean Press, 2019. ISBN 9781596069176 (hardcover), 360p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received my copy to review for a journal.