Set to be published on 29th September, A Sliver Of Darkness by CJ Tudor is a series of eleven short stories which see timeslips, doomsday scenarios, revenge stories, killer butterflies, fatal consequences in unforeseen circumstances, and monsters of all kinds.
Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t often read short stories, but what A Sliver Of Darkness has taught me is that they are a great insight into an author’s mind. And as a huge fan of CJ Tudor, I couldn’t wait to get a tease of some of the stories taking shape in her head which we haven’t seen published yet.
Overall, there was something to enjoy about every story and I found every concept really interesting. Some I loved (Runaway Blues, and I’m Not Ted), most had elements that I loved but which I wanted more of (Copy Shop, Final Course, Dust, Butterfly Island, and End of the Liner), and then there were a couple which I liked the ideas of but which I think needed to be longer to get the message across more strongly (The Block, The Lion at the Gate, and Completion).
And then we have Gloria which brings together The Taking Of Annie Thorne and The Other People, and I love how a short story can allow an author to bring their fictional worlds together like this, although it did take some thinking to remember exactly who was who.
Most of all, I loved the mixture of dark humour, sinister twists, and apocalyptic themes. The stories weren’t quite as scary as I was expecting them to be, but they each had a dark twist to showcase Tudor’s macabre thought processes and courage to step into the morbid and shocking.
However, I’m struggling to get past the short story format because I wasn’t 100% content with any story as I was always wanting more. This is both a good and a bad thing, and it’s also more to do with me as a reader and a fan of Tudor, as these tidbits were never going to be enough for me.
Still, there’s no denying Tudor’s talent. And taking into account Tudor’s very compelling introduction, I’m grateful for her sharing these stories with us at all, and would eagerly read a full-length version of any of them!
A Sliver Of Darkness by CJ Tudor
Release Date: 29th September 2022
Print Length: 352 pages
Genre: Horror Short Stories
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
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