Top critical review
Creepy but quick reads
11 March 2019
I received a copy of DSOM from the author in exchange for a review.
DSOM is a collection of short stories - 3 to be exact. Namely, The Last Skype, In My Head and The Ritual.
The last Skype is a story about a couple who have been married for 26 years and have to stay apart because of his job. The husband comes to India while the wife stays back in England. Once in india he starts behaving strange and distant. What happened there and why?
In my head is the story about a woman who murdered her baby. She alleges it was because of the voices in her head who told her to do it. The psychiatrist who is assigned to evaluate her has seven days to decide her state of mind before she finds herself on the electric chair.
Finally The ritual, is a story about a man who lost his parents at a young age but not before his father disclosed a secret about God Shiva visiting earth every 33 years but to actually see Shiva one must perform certain rituals in order to please him. What are these rituals and does he succeed?
I found the stories to be fresh and crisp. The writing isn't exactly top notch but the mistakes are almost negligible. The most disturbing story was In my head for obvious reasons and also cause it manages to create a feeling of dread too. The other stories are atmospheric yet lacks an urgency. For the record I don't read horror stories (Stephen King is an exception) and so I don't have anything to compare it with. Since they are short stories, they are entertaining enough.
Thank you to Shubham Arora for my review copy.