The Best of The Horror Zine — The Middle Years
I am deeply honoured that one of my short stories was selected for ‘The Best of The Horror Zine – The Middle Years’ now on Kindle and Amazon. The Horror Zine is one of the oldest places for horror and dark fantasy, and this issue features the best of the best; I remain truly touched to be included among them. Be sure to check out all these amazing writers #supportindieauthors
Goodreads Review — The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
Rich people hide inside their mansion, isolated from the peasant rabble, and there they sit, surrounded by the luxury of generational wealth, waiting for the end of the world…
I re-read this one at the beginning of the pandemic when everyone was stockpiling groceries and TP… and had to laugh when I came to the part in the novel when the characters burn all the books in the library only to fill their shelves with groceries and TP.
Things change, the more they remain the same…
The Sundial is a dark look at human nature, told through the eyes of Shirley Jackson, and one familiar with her personal history as an affluent West Coast debutant-turned bohemian New Yorker transplanted to rural Vermont will understand Jackson’s casting of the villagers as always ‘other’ — a slightly savage force to be endured, while the highly diverse and at times, hilariously misfit, collection of wealthy characters huddled together inside the mansion maintain their rich comforts… even one crowning themselves as leader in the new world.
The darkly hilarious portrayals of wealth and privilege at the expense of the working class are what make Jackson’s work so powerful; this is beyond a preapocalyptic prepping story, this is a story of the self-declared chosen few and their entitlement, which remains truly terrifying.
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