RESISTING MADNESS is my first experience with Wesley Southard and it was a good one!
I've always been a big fan of story collections and anthologies. When I was a teenager, I would search out these types of books from my library, note down the authors I especially enjoyed, and then I would go on to search out novels by them. I will be doing the same with Mr. Southard.
The stories that floated my boat the most were:
WITH MANY THANKS TO NEWARK This was the first tale and a great way to start off. You've heard of SNAKES ON A PLANE right? Yeah, well these weren't snakes. :)
MINOR LEAGUER Even though I feel like I'm no longer a fan of the more extreme horror available these days, this one tickled me just fine.
GOD BLESS YOU A fast, direct, punch to the face. Loved it!
HOME INVASION (With Nikki McKenzie). A fun story on two fronts and I dug it. I dug it a LOT.
LIP SERVICE I don't even know what to say about this. This was more of a weird fiction tale than flat out horror. I sometimes think when authors try too hard to explain something, it ruins the story. The author did not do that here and I found the story more intriguing as a result.
BUST TO DUST was just nasty. Funny and disgusting all at once.
The final tale was a novella: RESISTING MADNESS. I started reading it last night and had one hell of a time putting it down. This story dug deep into what parenting is really about. It also featured some extraordinarily gory action which somehow reminded me of Bird Box and a Twilight Zone episode all tangled up together in one superb and bloody package. This was my favorite story in the collection.
I'm happy to report that my introduction to Wesley Southard's work went very well. With a large variety of tales featuring everything from flash fiction to a novella length work, I feel like this was a great way to start with a new to me author and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
Get your copy here: RESISTING MADNESS
*Thanks to Wesley Southard for the paperback ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!