Our feature today will be on a horror writer who goes by the name John F.D. Taff, and his anthology of short stories called ‘Little Deaths’, which is published by Books of the Dead Press.
The book features 19 short stories, some previously published, some appearing for the first time. In their words; ‘Little Deaths is the first collection of short fiction by John F.D. Taff, whose career spans 25 years as a horror and dark speculative fiction author, with more than 60 stories in print in magazines (Cemetery Dance, Eldritch Tales, Deathrealm, Aberrations, Morpheus Tales) and anthologies (Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Shock Rock II, andBest New Vampire Tales.) Four of his stories were chosen as honorable mentions by Datlow and Windling in their Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies. His short fiction has appeared so far this year in Best New Werewolf Tales, Vol. 1, Big Pulp, Evil Jester Digest Vol. 1, and the AmFAR charity anthology Horror for Good’
John’s credits are definitely something to take notice of, so I had a good impression before reading the anthology. After I started, this increased ten-fold. You will find with many authors who release an anthology that their stories all have a similar feel. Sure they might all be about different things like Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Goblins etc, but the way they tell the story and the tones/styles used can be generally the same. With this anthology however, John’s style changes with every story. One minute you’re reading a tense ghost story, the next you’re reading a nightmarish tale centred around sweets!
There’s something for everyone in this great collection, whether you love the whole psychological horror aspect, or whether you like to be nauseated by the sickening images conjured in your mind’s eye. John F.D. Taff raises the bar for other horror writers in this brilliant anthology that will keep you enthralled until the end.
The nineteen short stories consist of
- Calendar Girl
- But For A Moment… Motionless
- The Water Bearer
- The Closed Eye Of A Dead World
- The Mire Of Human Veins
- The Scent
- Child of Dirt
- Helping Hands
- In Men, Black
- Darkness Upon The Void
- Sharp Edges
- The Lacquered Box
- The Tontine
- The Mellified Man
- Box Of Rocks
Here’s a bit of info about the author from his website:
John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 60 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in Missouri on the banks of a flowing river that, every now and again, loves to come inside the house. He has a tremendous girlfriend named Debbie, two dogs, Sylvia & Sadie, and three great kids–Harry, Sam and Molly.
If you want to find out more about John and keep up to date with all his news, releases etc,
Follow him on Twitter @johnfdtaff
You can also visit his website johnfdtaff.com to find out where to purchase his books.
Go ahead – You won’t regret it