In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.
“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.
In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well, in life. This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.
“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.
The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.
Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer, the author of the Rising Dawn Saga and Fires in Eden Series.
I’ve read one book by Stephen Zimmer that one being Crown of Vengeance book one in his epic fantasy series. I wanted to try something else by Stephen and having recently released a couple of books featuring short stories I thought it was a good way to see what else Stephen has written. He and I are big Clive Barker fans and as I was in the mood for some horror, his book Hellscapes seemed like the perfect fit.
At about 130 pages and featuring 5 short stories it is an excellent way to enjoy that horror fix. As I started it I was instantly reminded of the famous Books of Blood.
Tale one Blood Dreams awakens something frightful and takes our protagonist on a journey very different from one she is used to. Endless, barren, frightful her journey to realisation is bleak.
The Grove is all about indulgence and how delightfully self righteous some are only to have the table turned and to be consumed by the very deeds you’ve sown.
The Smallest Fish is an unnerving city so similar to what our business tycoon knowns yet in shambles and the rats are out for blood.
Drowning Tears was quite the creepy tale. All about how love can be distorted and so quickly becomes obsession and consumes you.
Lords of War, those with power quake so quick when having to face something out of their control. How quickly they forget the impact they have on the lives of so many. Stephen reminds here that you may not be able to out run what is waiting for you.
These short tales had me hooked and make me hope that Stephen will write more just like it. The antsy creepiness was ever-present and created that welcome mix of read because you must know what happens and omg what kind of messed up world is this. My one issue that I have would be the similar nature of some of these stories the head in the sand I have done no wrong finds out that judgement comes to find you. I still enjoyed myself and I would love to read Hellscapes Vol 2 once released. A job well done and highly recommended for those who enjoy a bit of creepiness in their reading.