Title: Newfangled Death
Author: Derek Achoy
Genre: Horror/Short Story Anthology
Page Count: 54 pages
ISBN: 9781479357420 (Self-published in 2012)
Format: Trade paperback edition
Worth a Read?: Absolutely yes!
“A volume of sad/strange/silly stories featuring weirdos and sweethearts, immobile birds and neglectful planets, all flavoured with a loving dash of death.”
I will preface this review by saying, I’m initially very skeptical of any and all self-published works. There’s a tendency for authors to try doing everything without the experience necessary to completely succeed. I always expect flawed editing, poor design, and printing errors from even the most diligent people.
So imagine my surprise to hold this near-perfect book in my hands. It’s a very thin book at 54 pages in length, but every last story is tidy, articulate, and surprisingly meaningful. There are a total of 8 short stories ranging from the gory “Bookworms” to the more psychologically heartbreaking “Lighthouse.”