THE DEAD OF WINTER The Best Chilling Tales of William P. Robertson INFINITY PUBLISHING ISBN 0-7414-6313-X
Short stories are special in that they accomplish a great deal in a short period of time. The reader is introduced to the characters and the story subject early on. The right choice of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs is imperative in order to craft a readable tale. The stories included in DEAD OF WINTER The Best Chilling Tales of William P. Robertson are perfect examples of this. Each tale is unique and they deal with a variety of elements which include shock, adventure, horror and gore. The stories are filled with messages and symbolism which include revenge, kindness, justice and evil.
In Fetters and Chains we meet Jason. “Jason came from a very unloving family”. His parents hated each other and as a result he decided marriage was not for him. Because he grows into an attractive young man he is often pursued by girls. He enters into relationships whereby he uses the girls and then discards them. Suddenly, Hester appears and he is dazzled by her, so he asks her to the prom. What transpires when he comes to her home to pick her up is both shocking and satisfying. Estranged is a story of love gone wrong which continues to spiral into a tragedy. Charlie’s estranged wife, Lauren, unexpectedly comes back into his life and terrorizes him and his unsuspecting mother. The author deftly describes Lauren’s evil intentions which lead to shattering results. The Great Stag is a memorable tale. Blackie Grimes is a hunter who is searching for the extra doe he is entitled to legally. But, Mr. Grimes greed causes him to shoot not only a doe but her two yearlings as well. His murderous acts do not go unnoticed and the hunter becomes the hunted. He learns that there are consequences and that revenge can come from unlikely sources.
Mr. Robertson’s tales include triumph and tragedy as well as humor. The characters are skillfully developed and each story draws the reader into their world. The author is a gifted story teller. In my opinion, the mark of a good story is that it is remembered by the reader. I will remember these tales. I recommend reading this collection of tales.
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