By Aaron Polson
I am going to start this review off by saying how awesome flash fiction is, especially in a collection. It’s like a bag of sea salt and pepper chips, you really want to enjoy them individually and let the flavor seep in your mouth… but you’re a pig and devour the whole bag one afternoon.
That’s basically what reading Small Magic was to me- a wicked bag of chips. It’s a collection of a little over seventy quick pieces. All the chapters were interesting, and surprising in some way. My favorites tended to have a subtle layer of horror just peeking out through a dim window. There were also quite a few chapters with interesting ideas on relations and society. Most chapters are horror stories, mixed into that there’s some of magical realism, romance, crime, humor, fantasy and science fiction.
As a warning, there is quite a bit of gore- beautifully written though- that may be a little too much for those of delicate mind. He produces some really image-evoking dark connections, like watering a groove of trees with blood.
I would recommend this to anyone for some intense Halloween short stories.
My favorite stories: Inheritance, Communion, Blue Collar Boys, Man Bites Man, The Date, Crenshaw’s Gift
I was also pleasantly surprised to see an amusing metafiction story about writing horror stories. A nibble from that, “No one likes to bleed in dark crimson rivulets of scarlet gore, and they will feel sympathy for Bob.”
My Rating: 9 out of 10 bloody scarlet apples
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.