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Weak and Wounded
Brian James Freeman
Cemetery Dance Publications, 99 pages

Weak and Wounded
Brian James Freeman
Brian James Freeman is the managing editor of Cemetery Dance Magazine, where his column "The Final Question" appears. He is also the publisher of Lonely Road Books. He sold his first short story at fourteen and his first novel when he was twenty-four. Freeman lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

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A review by Mario Guslandi

Brian James Freeman is a brilliant writer whose horror stories do not rely upon vampires, zombies or werewolves, as the present collection (a slim book reprinting five of his previously published stories) clearly demonstrates. In these stories he portrays one of the true horrors afflicting human existence, namely the pain,the hurt and the emptiness created by the loss of loved ones. Freeman describes that horror with skill, insight and finesse, leaving behind a deep sense of sorrow and anger for the atrocities of life.

"Running Rain" is an extraordinary, unforgettable tale featuring a married couple mourning their lost son, whose tragic disappearance conceals a terrible secret. The author's steady narrative style leads effortlessly and gradually the reader to discover the truth of the matter.

In "Marking the Passage of Time" another couple faces the ordeal of the upcoming end of the world. While waiting for the final passing of time, they recall the long gone seasons of their past.

"Where Sunlight Sleeps" is a delicate, moving piece about a deceased mom, fondly remembered by her husband and their little kid. But the dark, breath-taking ending will disclose another story...

Imbued with a deep melancholy "The Last Beautiful Day" describes how a man, grieving for his stillborn child, volunteers to become the photographer of other, similar babies as a keepsake for their bereaved parents.

Finally, "Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13" ia another beautiful, sad and perceptive story portraying the desolation of a resort place where people have been purposlessly killed by a terrorist attack.

Wheather you're a horror fan or not, it doesn't matter: anyone fond of good fiction addressing and probing the deep secrets of the human soul will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of those stories.

Copyright © 2013 by Mario Guslandi

Mario Guslandi lives in Milan, Italy, and is a long-time fan of dark fiction. His book reviews have appeared on a number of genre websites such as The Alien Online, Infinity Plus, Necropsy, The Agony Column and Horrorwold.

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