BDN Archive – Passing Time by Ellie Garratt – Book Review

This was originally posted by me at (no longer available) on August 1, 2013. 

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Genre & Length: Horror, Short Stories, 73 pages

The Blurb:

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

Passing Time contains nine stories originally published between 2010 and 2011. Stories range from very short to novelette.

My Thoughts

Plot: This is nine individual short stories, none of them related to the other. The first one (Passing Time) sets the tone for the entire book and will leave chills down your spine. The second story (Expiration Date) is equal parts horrifying and touching. My favorite of all of them is the third, Devil’s Song, about a writer and a character.

Of course, there are four more stories to enjoy, but you’re just going to have to read it.

And c’mon, right now the listed price on Amazon is 99 cents. It’s worth it.

Pacing: It certainly wasn’t lacking :D.

Writing Style: Smooth and enjoyable, I read most of these right before bed.

Would I read this book again: Yes.

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