Whether you’re an established RC Matheson connoisseur or you’ve just discovered his work, Zoopraxisis sure to satiate any fan of raw, visceral literature. Waiting to oblige such cravings are thirteen brand new stories with nine more gathered from various years best anthologies and the like. With introductions from John Shirley and Chet Williamson, Gauntlet Press presents a macabre world full of Twilight Zone inspired chills with plenty of introspective twists worth revisiting.
3), provides the haunting tale of an ice trucker whose destination proves to be closer to himself than he could ever have envisioned, or feared. This one had a distinct Twilight Zone-esque feel to it, complete with an ending which resonated long after I’d read the last line. Another story, Slaves of Nowhere, offers a story that’s perfectly poised to strike at the heart. Much like the cognac drinking narrator of this dark gem, this one’s written to be savoured and repeated. But don’t expect to enjoy the outcome. Definitely one of the heavier emotional hitters in a collection where every piece is a fine contender. Stories like Last Words and Infomercial! RC
showcases his flare for the macabre while teaching us once again that not everything is as it seems no matter how eloquently dressed up it may be.