Author: Gerald Dean Rice
Publisher: Razorline Press
Credit: The author, Gerald Rice, for providing us with a review copy. Thank you!
Tales from an Apartment (2012) by Gerald Rice
Tales from an Apartment is a collection of short stories from Gerald Rice, also author of Fleshbags, a novella involving a gory zombie apocalypse that I could not put down. All of the stories share a common element: an apartment. But that is about all they have in common. Each story is unique and refreshing.
Again, Rice delivers with his sharp writing style and unique storytelling. It says a lot that I devoured this collection, as I normally shy away from short stories like a fat kid avoids rice cakes.
Tales from an Apartment had a Twilight Zone feel to it. I was a big fan of the series. Each episode was self-contained and had enough tension and twists to keep me hooked. These short stories are much the same. Rice really is a master at keeping the reader guessing.
I was also reminded of Roald Dahl. The man was simply brilliant at writing disturbing and macabre short fiction. If you enjoyed his stuff, give this a try. Seriously.
Tales makes for excellent reading. Be warned though that the tension it causes might wear out various important sphincters and cause premature graying of hair. I recommend it for busy people who don’t have the time to commit to a full-length novel but still want a reading fix. I, for example, read it while enjoying my lunch. It really took my mind off committing office homicide using stationary in inventive ways.
Because it is not as gory as Fleshbags was, I would suggest that Tales from an Apartment be tackled first, as it is not only a somewhat milder introduction to Rice’s work, it is also great for those who are a little reluctant to read for whatever reason.
I cannot wait to get started on The Ghost Toucher, Rice’s first full-length novel. He really is an author to watch out for! You can buy Tales from an Apartment from Smashwords for only $2.99
Tales from an Apartment earns a heart palpitating 8 out of 10.