Editor: Alex Hurst
Publisher: Chupa Cabra House
3.75 out of 5.0 Stars
Growing Concerns is a collection of short stories that look at the world of plants in a whole new way – a horrific ecologically inspired way. The reader is greeted with a total of eighteen different stories from a wide array of authors, including C.J. Andrew, Ken Goldman, Jocelyn Adams, and Darren Todd to name a few. The stories themselves are quite varied. One story tells the tale of a carnival ride and a tree that take on a life of their own. Another forces the reader to take a long hard look at what happens when the need for water gets a bit too desperate. Of course, there is the story of “Pete’s Peat” by Ethan Nahte in which the swamp has the last word when it comes to murder, or “Redpath” by Luke Murphy in which an eco-activist gets a lot more than what she bargained for.
Alex Hurst, the editor of this short story anthology has done a pretty good job of finding quality writing for a subject matter that few have tackled with any success. Often when horror is brought to the mind, plants are not at the top of the list. Most of the time they take on either the comic outlandishness of Little Shop of Horrors or the overdone creeping menace of a vine. However, Growing Concerns not only offers different stories, it also offers different outlooks on the ways plants can affect our lives. In these stories, the plants take on revenge, hunger, thirst, love, murder, and justice and transform these themes into something uniquely their own.
I will admit, there were times during the reading in which the pace was a bit slower than I would have liked, and the overall sense of suspense was lacking in some places. The characters, however– including the various vines, weeds and trees that dominated the book were surprisingly multidimensional which was a very nice change of pace.
If you’re looking for a thought-provoking collection of horror stories that will make you think twice about pulling that next weed, this is certainly one you should add to your collection.
0 Stars – Great for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star – Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars – Put it on your to Borrow list
3 Stars – Buy it if you get the chance- worth a weekend read.
4 Stars – This is definitely something to add to your library
5 Stars – Impulse Buy Approved.
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