Reviews of Dying Embers by M. R. Cosby

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Dying Embers? No, a scorcher of a book!

5.0 out of 5 stars A review by FREAKY FOLK TALES 28 April 2014
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In these tales lie time-bombs, ticking away, marking temporal space between the caustic effects of events past and the slow, fateful reconnections of victims and malefactors. M R Cosby establishes through beguiling prose a sense of approaching atonement for a sin undeclared or unconsciously committed and in some way address the ubiquitous injustices that plague our everyday lives.The Next Terrace and Playing Tag, the opening tales in M R Cosby’s marvellous first effort, deal with such fateful entwinements and a slowly revealed encounter within, on first impressions, seemingly innocuous surrounds – a grandparents’ home, a National Trust property amongst others. Seduced, the reader climbs on board the ‘ghost train’ and the fun begins.
Necessary procedure captured me immediately and had me reading at a frenetic pace desiring to know the mystery of Banner’s strange imprisonment. It rather reminded me of an excellent Hammer House of Horror or Twilight Zone script; the description of the odd internment was effectively lurid and conjured all manner of disquieted reactions in this reader. I thought the denouement simply marvellous. The same can be said about In Transit, a thoroughly engaging tale that prognosticates something dark about a journey’s end. Both are marvellous tales that draw one into a world where the habitual fabric of time and space are gradually worn down and a new veil lifted.Immediately I became convinced that there was something nasty at the back of Unit 6 I was hooked. Again I loved the presiding movement towards the throbbing dark heart of the tale.The Source of the Lea is a sweet, haunting story about a life spent in limbo. Again, it echoes the corrosive lives and loves that pervade our world and attack us; the guilt that pushes us towards the shadows.

The dark Lovecraftian horror that deliciously weaves its spell and gibes and gnaws at the protagonist in La Tarasque is simply brilliant. Definitely one of my favourites here!

In conclusion, these are powerful, energetically written tales that are some of the finest I’ve read in the genre of dark fiction. The language is wonderfully imaginative and instantly thrusts the reader into caliginous realms of slowly revealed decay. A must-read!

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