THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE will satisfy your “hunger for horror”

Kristen Houghton has written a review of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, featuring my short story, “The Talent’s in the Bones” published today by The Horror Zine.

Body parts, particularly bones, haunt "The Talent's in the Bones" by Christian A. Larsen.

Body parts, particularly bones, haunt “The Talent’s in the Bones” by Christian A. Larsen.

There is something vastly satisfying in reading a short story. An anthology of stories is a quick reader and book lover’s fix. With time constraints and the need for brief moments of respite from hectic lives, a book of short stories is a perfect fit.

Of course as with any fiction, a short story has to be a pleasurable read; you need to feel involved even for only a brief time and that is what happens when reading THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE. I am happy to say that the short story is alive and well in this steam punk anthology I am reviewing.

What exactly is ‘steam punk’ you might ask? Steam punk is a unique genre of science fiction that typically features some type of machinery, steam powered or otherwise, that has a sinister anthropomorphic effect on humanity. THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE follows this description perfectly. Machines, even small ones, rule here. Imbuing machines with sinister intent is a hallmark of many great short stories and the tales written here are no exception.

The book is neatly sectioned into the Past, the Present, and the Future with the stories in each nicely blending into their time frames. An insightful introduction by author Patrick Scalisi who edited the book, leads you seamlessly into a world where the writers have taken seemingly innocuous machines and…

Read the rest of the review here.

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