Stories by Edward Martin III
Publisher: Hellbender Media
This book was a collection of short stories that are dark in nature; each one containing some sort of curiosity for the readers. I really enjoyed each of the stories in this novel, but the three I will write about are Bodiless, Scales and Best intentions. One thing that I enjoyed about all of the stories is the little note the author put explaining what inspired him to write the story or just a general idea on why the story was written. The pictures are also a very interesting thing to have before each story to kind of give us a little feel for where the story takes place or what it is about.
Bodiless: This short story was about a man struggling with insomnia. This man names Travis, takes walks in order to calm his mind. In taking these walks, he meets home bums that are missing legs, arms or hands. Upon meeting each of these men, they tell him that they know what he’s going through and that soon he’ll see. Travis grows confused, but more interested with what these men are talking about. One night, a bum invites him to join them in downtown for something cool. Travis agrees and the next night meets up with them. That is where he meets Him, a being that is nothing more than a brain. He explains the beauty of perfection to Travis, who then is handed a clean scalpel and is left to make his own choice. I found myself wondering why these bums were without limbs and how Travis was coping with the lack of sleep. I did notice some spelling errors, but those are minor in the otherwise very well written and very interesting story.
Scales: This story was different than most stories I have read. This one was about a woman who was beaten by her husband and was driving in order to get away from him. She came upon an old gothic house and chose to try and hide there. She searched the entire house before going into the basement and found an altar. Taking everything in, she touched her head and found that it was still bleeding. In awe at a carving of a snake, she touched it without realizing that she got blood on it. When she heard Cory’s voice, she ran and hid in a cupboard hoping that she would be safe. Her husband Cory found her and beat her with a baseball bat. When he tried to leave, he started to hear voices and the carpet trapped him, forcing him back down to the altar. He found his wife on the altar, which is not where he left her. In getting her blood on the snake we find that she made a promise to these spirits to be their priestess. He fights, but in the end gets beaten like he beat his wife. I found this story to be gut wrenching when it came to Cory beating his wife, but loved how it ended. It was dark and beautiful. I love how he wrote this story and how it ended for everyone.
Best Intentions: This story was short and humorous. Taking place in school, a student asks the librarian for The Necronomicon, which caused the librarian to look at him weird. Handing the student different books and trying to talk him out of reading it, the librarian Danny eventually gives in. He then watches as the book of evil takes over, taking what it wants from the student. It ends with the book going back to the Rare Books section and the librarian acting as if it was a normal Friday. I loved the humor of this story and how it just seemed to be something normal. It was a fun read and would love to read more stories like these from this author.
All in all, this is a great collection of stories from Mr. Martin and can’t wait to see what else he publishes. If you are into darker stories that have humorous twists than this is something I highly suggest reading.