We’ve received some great new reviews for Brian James Freeman’s work in the past week, including two rave reviews for his collection Weak and Wounded, which will be done at the printer later this month.
“Rarely has a title been so apt. Weak and Wounded plunges us into small worlds, in which people live desperate lives and struggle with impossible decisions. Loss permeates every page: these people survive the deaths of parents, children, spouses, and siblings, only to find that survival might be a fate worse than death. But the power in these pages comes not from what our protagonists suffer, but how they suffer it. How they continue to go on…. By tying these stories together by theme, feel, and intent, Freeman has created a work of collected fiction that stands as one piece. Each story beats with its own punctured heart, but taken as a whole, Weak and Wounded is even better than the sum of its broken and damaged parts.”
“Brian James Freeman is a brilliant writer whose horror stories do not rely upon vampires, zombies or werewolves, as the present collection (a slim book reprinting five of his previously published stories) clearly demonstrates. In these stories he portrays one of the true horrors afflicting human existence, namely the pain, the hurt and the emptiness created by the loss of loved ones. Freeman describes that horror with skill, insight and finesse, leaving behind a deep sense of sorrow and anger for the atrocities of life… Whether you’re a horror fan or not, it doesn’t matter: anyone fond of good fiction addressing and probing the deep secrets of the human soul will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of those stories.”
“I have to admit that what Blue November Storms reminded me of was one of the old episodes from the sixties’ version of The Twilight Zone television series. This is when some of the greatest writers in television (Rod Sterling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson) were creating masterpieces on a little known TV show that would later alter the lives of hundreds of future authors. Brian James Freeman, like the authors above, creates and structures his stories at a pace that starts off slowly and then gradually works its way to an exploding climax that has the reader making a mad dash to the finish line.”