From Mark Anthony Smith, author of Something Said, comes Keep It Inside. A mix of short stories and flash fiction, Keep It Inside & Other Weird Tales features a variety of works to satisfy the tastes of any horror lover - from the gruesome to the sinister, the strange to the outright bizarre.
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- Dona Fox
BY THE TIME YOU FEEL THE PINCH, THE BARB HAS SET
King once said, “If you’ve missed Laymon, you’ve missed a treat.” If you followed King’s advice and read Laymon and found it a treat, or you’re a fan of Lovecraft, Blackwood, Ketcham, or Machen, you're in for a treat for sure with these bold tales. Mark Anthony Smith has delivered a deliciously creepy mix of stories touching on subjects ranging from the disquiet that begins when something is forgotten, through the effects of the withdrawals from cannibalism, to a pact with the strangest creatures yet. There are stories that you will read with a growing sense of unease, stories that will make you afraid to go camping in the woods ever again, such as where a friend steps out of the light, away from the circle of safety and doesn’t return, and stories of ancient trees filled with animus. I've felt that in the trees, haven't you? Now Smith has put the detailed pictures in my head, and I'll never go back. If you are like me, you won’t be able to shake the image of the man who climbs inside a farmer’s warm and sticky carcass, like a grizzly overcoat to disguise himself from the monsters, then pulls the skull over his head. Smith’s world is populated by beings with animal features: cloven feet like a goat, scales and pelts, talons, claws, rats’ whiskers, gelatinous bodies, snouts, and tails. Smith explores our fears and thrusts them upon us. In every story, the disquiet grows gradually as the hooks, the claws, or the talons sink into the scaly flesh. By the time the victim feels the pinch, it's too late; the barb has set. It was already too late for me when I picked up Smith’s book. And there is so much more than I could cover here. Highly recommended.