This week I have been doing far more reading than writing.
I finished Wounds: Six stories from the boarder of Hell by Nathan Ballingrud. This book is amazing. It has such a good use of language. Much like Lovecraft, Ballingrud manages to paint a horrific picture whilst also withholding enough details to let your imagination run wild. I could not put the book down because I wanted to know more. It was just so engaging.
The six short stories are not connected expect in that they are set on an earth in which hell is seeping through. Some have little hellish influence, such as Wounds, whilst in others you can sail all the way to Hell itself. The way in which the author describes Hell and its denizens is familiar and yet unique. And angels, well, that was brilliant.
To be honest, I loved everything about this book. Ballingrud writes how I wish I could write. I only wish there was more of his stuff to read. Wounds can be found HERE on Amazon. Oh and if you have seen the film adaptation on Netflix of Wounds, I can tell you that his other stories are less creeping dread and more actual Hell on earth.