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Death Honk: Nine Tales of the Macabre

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Not for the faint-hearted, but for lovers of both dark humor and fantasy.

Death Honk: Nine Tails of the Macabre by JP Mac is a compilation of nine short stories. The stories are full of horror, dark humor, and dark fantasy. There were two stories that I liked most, Dagon and Jill, and Mark of the Bruja.  


In the first story Dagon and Jill, an author and publisher are corresponding through letters about upcoming children's textbooks. There seems to always be an issue with a book though. Legal teams retire, crimes start popping up, and there seem to be a lot of gold, gold tiaras covered in seaweed, gold bars, and gold coins.   


In Executive View, I thought I was following along, until the end and then realized I was completely wrong about the whole story. Multi Billionaire Sidney Asher Kronner eats a piece of birthday cake and then is suddenly thrust onto a sea stack. Bummed Out, I found confusing and to be honest, a little upsetting. The story is about driving around and finding homeless people to abuse for the fun of making a video. I do like that karma appears in this story. Eternally Yours shows us that some people never got the memo about not telling spirits yes.   


In Mark of the Bruja, we meet Craig, who has had enough with the noise in the apartment below and takes it upon himself to figure out what is going on. Inside is a beautiful 40-year-old woman, and a high school dropout, covered in suction marks. One night he decides to follow the boy and sees the most horrific thing in his life. The next morning, he thinks it was all a dream. But it wasn’t, and kids are starting to come up missing.  Fresh Ideas was short, and not so sweet. But we learn being a tattletale will save your life. In the Enemy of Jibbery Corn, Fae claim hate discrimination. Consequences are unhuman. The Devil Reef ends with us questioning if a DNA test is worth knowing the truth. Death Honk is the final story. Can sounds really kill someone?  


I am awarding this book three stars. I did find some editing mistakes. This book is not for the faint-hearted. If you do not like horror, dark fantasy, or dark humor, I do not recommend it. For those who love H.R. Lovecraft stories, then this is the book for you.   

 

 

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Dagon and Jill

About the author

Author of several fiction and non-fiction books, Mac's writing career includes penning magazine articles, marketing copy and TV animation. A former assistant marathon coach with Team in Training, Mac is currently typing away on volume two of his "Hallow Mass" series. view profile

Published on December 26, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Horror

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