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{Review} Worlds of Hurt by Brian Hodge

by Brian Hodge
Published by Darkfuse on 5/28/14
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: 245
Format: eBook
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They are the Misbegotten — once mortal men and women, from different times and different lands, who have all run afoul of a monstrous deity that remade them into undying predators. They are the creatures of our world’s darkest folklore, who hunger for flesh and blood…but who hunger for revenge most of all.

Wow! I don’t know what other word would best describe how I felt upon finishing this collection from Brian Hodge. I’ve read a few of his books in the past and have always been satisfied. However, these stories are not only original, they add an entirely new level to Mr. Hodge’s already impressive skills.

This collection consists of 3 short stories and one novella. All four of the stories are connected, some more loosely than others. The Misbegotten Mythos is a dark world, indeed. The writing was outstanding, as I have come to expect from this author. A few quotes that stood out to me:

“And I knew that those things we find most beautiful are made more so by the brief span of their lives.”

“There are all kinds of tyranny employed around us. Bombs are but the loudest.”

This collection is beautifully dark and dense. This meant that I had to take it slow so as to be sure everything sunk in. This was especially true of the last story, the novella “When the Bough Doesn’t Break.” All I can say about this one is WOW. It’s not what I expected, AT ALL. You think the story is going one way…but it’s not. Gory, dark and deep with all kinds of levels to it…I know I will be mulling it over for quite a while. There isn’t much here to credit to God, in whatever form you see him or her. At least, not on the surface. In that regard, this read will not please everyone.

Overall, I found this to be a thoroughly engrossing read, but not a quick one. To be honest, it may take another read in the future for me to be sure that I “got” everything I was supposed to “get”. I will happily look forward to doing so. Recommended for fans of dark fiction!

Mr. Hodge sent me an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!

About Brian Hodge

BRIAN HODGE, called “a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts” by no less than Peter Straub, is the award-winning author of ten novels of horror and crime/noir. He’s also written over 100 short stories, novelettes, and novellas, and four full-length collections. His most recent collection, 2011’s Picking The Bones, became the first of his books to be honored with a Publishers Weekly starred review. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater among the 113 best books of modern horror.

He’s recently finished the time-consuming task of porting over his earlier works for e-book editions, using it as an opportunity to do a fresh line-edit and polish on every novel and collected story.

He lives in Colorado, where more of everything is in the works. He also dabbles in music, sound design, and photography; loves everything about organic gardening except the thieving squirrels; and trains in Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which are of no use at all against the squirrels.

I have an incurable book addiction and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I will buy a book based on its cover alone. I love promoting authors. I am... the Ultimate Reader.

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