BONES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN by Paul Michael Anderson (Dark Regions Press)
I’m ashamed now to say this was my first time reading anything by Paul Michael Anderson but after experiencing this magnetically dark collection of stories I can tell you it won’t be my last. BONES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN left me with such a gnawing feeling in my gut, from the foreword and introduction I had a feeling this was going to be one of those special reads and it really was.
The title story in this collection revolves around a woman named Karen and her struggles with slipping quite deeply into depression, losing herself and her mind, it’s the closer, and a very intense story but the others are equally intriguing and very well written.
The other offerings here you will find a great mixture of genres, displaying Anderson’s versatile style as he drifts between creature horror, Lovecraftian darkness and speculative fiction, it also feels gritty and pulpy as well. After reading this, I’m confident he could take on any genre he put his mind and pen to. This collection is like a gathering of many minds, melding them into one to create a striking horror experience. I look forward to reading more from Paul Michael Anderson and really encourage those looking for a spectacular reading experience to give this one a shot. (Michelle Garza)