10 Short Stories challenge – day 8

Today I read Blood + Brains by Jeffrey BurandtBlood + Brains is a short comic, a flash fiction comic I suppose. I don’t usually read comics or graphic novels – I appreciate them and I love to flick through them, but my mind wanders and I find it hard to focus on what’s going on. So, the discovery of this flash fiction comic was exciting! It’s beautifully drawn and the story is fun and silly.

I read Blood + Brains over on Jefwrites.com. Go and have a read and come back to tell me what you think in the comments!

From Jeffrey Burandt's Blood + Brains
From Jeffrey Burandt’s Blood + Brains

Burandt has a fairly new book on Amazon, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad.

10 Short Stories challenge – day 1

I’ve set myself a challenge – to read ten short stories over the next ten days and blog about them here.

 

All of the stories will be strange or odd (of course!) and all will be free to read online. I’ll post a link with each post so that you can read the story too (comments would be lovely so that I don’t get lonely on the challenge).

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So, the first story! Today I read Thomas Ligotti‘s The Night School.

To be honest, I nearly gave up after the first two paragraphs. I found it a bit clunky and it wasn’t holding my interest. Then (and I’m not sure when or how), I was sucked in. The school in the story is such a wonderfully scary building and I don’t know how the narrator managed to continue on his journey. One of my favourite things for a story to do is smell. That may sound weird if you don’t have the same opinion, but I find that with some books (Gormenghast springs to mind), I can smell the room, the person, the feeling. The Night School reeks!

Ligotti is easily one of the most respected horror/supernatural authors alive today, often compared to Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. I must admit, this is the first Ligotti story that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to more (suggestions and links very welcome). How I’ve not stumbled across him before (although I’ve heard his name dozens of times since the release of True Detective), I really don’t know.

If you prefer to be scared via audio, have a listen to this:

David Tibet of Current 93 is a friend of Ligotti and they have collaborated on numerous tracks. The one above features Tibet reading Ligotti‘s poem I Have A Special Plan For This World, set to eerie music and startling sound effects.

I read The Night School over on Weird Fiction Review. Go and have a read and come back to tell me your thoughts in the comments 🙂