White Walls and Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: WHITE WALLS AND STRAIGHTJACKETS by David Owain Hughes
I am addressing this review primarily to fans of "extreme horror" [don't hide--you know who you are]. If you've read any of Welsh author David Owain Hughes' anthologized short stories [for example, "His Name Was Simone" in BLACK CANDY Halloween anthology, or his piece in the BAH! HUMBUG! Christmas charity anthology ("Little Sh** ts"--my elision), or any of his other work, you already know he is an author not to turn your back on (nor his characters!) It's no holds barred, nothing held back, and over the top with Mr. Hughes--and I love it. Could not put the book down!
WHITE WALLS AND STRAIGHTJACKETS is over the top horror couched in a plot arc, then explicated through short stories, contained in a mysterious "found" book. If you enjoy Crystal and her psychotic wooden ventriloquist' s mannequin, the foul-mouthed, abusive, Harry, worry not! These performing artists/vicious killers reappear in ESCAPEES AND FEVERED DREAMS, along with a cast of characters you hope are only fictional.
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