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The birthing tub is the first short and has all the makings of a heartbreaking story. Sean is devastated after the love of his life left him. Now life is an endless and monotonous routine, each day he struggles to survive, not really living, just existing. But wait! The title is the birthing tub and what is birthed is so foul I wished I hadn’t just eaten only moments before. Sean eats the same meal every day, chicken and rice, and always eats it before it is fully cooked. What happens next was shocking and unexpected and pretty gross. Sean now has a new friend to keep him company, I’ll let you think on that… The stories are short, fast paced and at the last possible moment take you by surprise. I loved the twists, and at times, the shocking turns that I had no chance to see coming. Erik Hofstatter uses many realistic everyday situations and makes them horrifying. The loss of memory, drowning in a pool, killing in the name of music, loosing your child. Using natures own biology to cause death, voodoo, and the art of using human skin to make books. What more could you ask for in a horror book!
Length: 63 Pages
Release date: May 14, 2016
Amaranthine and Other Stories serves up nine schlock horror slices, sprinkled with quirk and humor.
Forget vampires. Forget werewolves. Forget ghosts. Humans are the ultimate grotesques. Variant flavours of woe sift through these pages. The results are sometimes hilarious, sometimes outright hair-raising!
As a bonus, the collection also includes story notes, offering the reader a rare glimpse into the inspiration behind each tale.
A compelling anthology of horror and dark fantasy short stories, Amaranthine is an impressive collection from one of the new promising British horror authors, Erik Hofstatter.