Review: It, Watching by Elizabeth Massie

It, Watching by Elizabeth Massie
CreateSpace (June 2017)
220 pages; $13.95 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

In her first collection in several years, Elizabeth Massie returns with a thrilling collection of short stories. The Bram Stoker-winning author has put together eighteen tales, several of which are new to readers, and there’s not a clunker in the bunch.

The range in this collection is vast, and effortless reading. To detail the individual stories would be to spoil any surprise. What you will encounter is a voice in Southern Gothic style unlike any other, comparable to the masters.

Humor is a writing trait which is easily spoken about and attempted but rarely accomplished. Massie nails the light-hearted with aplomb, usually in a “south of the Mason-Dixon” manner which leaves the reader chuckling, until he or she realizes something deeper and darker is afoot.

This collection is on par with The Fear Report and Shadow Dreams as the author’s best collections and should be an integral part of any horror fan’s library, or for those who simply love great storytelling.

For those new to the game, one can’t go wrong with reading Massie. A word is never wasted, a story never not enjoyed.

Highly recommended reading.

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