“… how can so much misfortune happen in one place? I don’t believe in the supernatural, but I did believe in statistics, something was wrong with that house …”
With the tagline An Assortment of Violence, Untold Mayhem certainly delivers the horror and macabre. Each of these 24 short stories are well written and intriguing, showing that Mark Tullius has a gift for finding the horror in even the most innocent of places.
Each story manages to bring to life the inner voice of the character, whilst keeping you on the edge of your seat, which is truly impressive in a short story format. From gore to creepy atmospheres to physiological horror, Untold Mayhem will have something that hits the spot for everyone. One thing in particular which was done well throughout was the show don’t tell approach, with many of the stories wrapping up in a jawdropping finale.
Some of the stories that I particularly loved were:
In the Cards: The first story which lets you know pretty soon what to expect with this collection.The Hole: This story has stayed with me months later, it gave me wonderfully nostalgic goosebumps vibes, which I loved!
Exposed: What an absolute gem of s story, this kept me guessing the whole way through.
No Service: Another story that I often think about, No Service is so elegantly put together.
The Season: A wonderful example of how Mark Tullis unwraps the story/horror slowly to the reader, creating a truly horrifying story.
Dead Spot: If you love CSI, this story is definitely worth a read, it gave me some perfect CSI vibes which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I picked up this book as an audio, and I cannot recommend it enough, with a multi-cast the energy is kept throughout, with the best narrators picked for each story.
[I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley]
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