My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wrathbone and Other Stories is a collection of short horror reads from author Jason Parent. The book contains five short reads each a bit different from one another but all containing elements of horror in them. The five stories include Wrathbone, The Only Good Lawyer, Dorian’s Mirror, For The Birds and Revenge is a Dish.
Guests of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris attend a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. On that fateful night, a great man falls, but he is not alone. For Henry and Clara, the night is only the beginning of lives wrought with jealousy, madness, and horror.
The Only Good Lawyer
Bradley is a savvy defense attorney with no scruples. Under his representation, many a guilty man has gone free. But when a voodoo priest takes the stand, Bradley soon discovers that he, too, is on trial, and the punishment for guilt may be more than he could bear.
Dorian loves himself, and why wouldn’t he? Every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants to be with him. He would trade all he has to make his looks last forever, but bargaining with the devil may leave him short a soul.
For the Birds
Nev’s best friend is his parrot. In fact, it’s his only friend… and his only ally when his home is invaded.
Revenge is a Dish
Maurice has landed a dream job, chef for a rich couple on their yacht. The wife has carnal desires for him. Maurice has some carnal desires of his own.
There’s a bit of gross out factor, a bit of descent into madness and a reworked imaginings on real life events wrapped up in these stories, a bit of something for all horror fans. As with other works I’ve read by this author the stories were well written and interesting. Really the only thing I can say which isn’t necessarily a negative is I’d prefer longer works but these were really good for short stories.
I received a copy of this book from the author.