FEAR OF FREE STANDING OBJECTS: A COLLECTION is an impressive and imaginative group of stories that swept through me like a slow moving storm and left me like jello, shivering on the floor.
I can't list my thoughts on all of them here, but the ones that blew me away were:
AN INCIDENT IN CENTRAL VILLAGE- Pond monsters!
THE YATTERING-A haunted bookstore. Already, with the title and subject alone, it screams my name.
THE SICKENING-At this point in time, what with COVID19 and its effects, this tale was even scarier than it otherwise would have been.
At least COVID19 doesn't make us kill each other. At least not yet.
AND THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING -A "tables are turned" type of story.
LOTUS PETALS: LIMINAL PERSONAE-Body Horror that put me in mind of Geek Love or some of Michael Blumlein's work.
SYBARITES (OR THE ENMITY OF PERVERSE EXISTENCE) I don't even know what to say about this other than that this was the tale that cemented my thoughts about how great this collection really was.
To be honest, this was a collection where every story worked for me on some level or another. That's a rare occurrence, so I took my time savoring these tales and surrendered myself to whatever it was Mr. Rinaldi wanted to show me. I'm so glad I did!
My highest recommendation!
Get your copy here: FEAR OF FREE STANDING OBJECTS: A COLLECTION
*Thanks to Doug Rinaldi for the paperback arc in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*