Book review: Ekleipsis by Tamel Wino

Synopsis

Ékleipsis is a short story collection that explores the havoc wreaked when ordinary people abandon their humanity to pursue their darkest desires, and questions just how far people will go to follow their baser instincts.

Each story takes a version of a person we’ve known in our own lives and transforms them into something completely unnerving—yet all too familiar.

These dark, complex characters and twisted tales of the once ordinary will change your perception of humanity forever.

Review

This was a fun and short little collection of dark horror stories. I often find short story collections really help me get out of slumps and I feel like this collection would be just perfect for that kind of situation.⁠

I decided to read this book over a longer period of time so each story didn’t merge into one. I liked doing it this way as each story follows the similar themes of building dread and madness and it meant each story stood out by themselves.⁠

The writing in this one was good and engaging. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect this one to be filled with quite a lot of violence but I enjoy this feature in stories so I was pleasantly surprised.⁠ This is a ‘dark collection’ of stories, so obviously there were some hard to read themes in this one, but it wasn’t too in your face and there wasn’t too much of it to really put me off.⁠

I did feel like each story took a reasonably predictable path each time, so there were no stories that particularly stood out in terms of being really shocking or surprising.⁠ But despite this, this was still a good collection to read with a couple of stories that stood out over others when it came to enjoyment. I particularly enjoyed the last one which told a story of gambling addiction and a man’s choice to gamble to clear his debts over the life of his wife.⁠

Fast-paced and fun. This was an easy collection to boost my number of read books this year and whilst it didn’t bring anything new to the table is was still filled with writing I enjoyed.

Ad-gifted by the author.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨


Book Details:

Pages: 176
Edition Published:
2020
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.81

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