Ricardo Bare I hear you ask? Yeah me too. Never heard of the fella but on seeing this short story and reading the blurb I liked what I saw. Turns out I very much liked what I read as well.
Lizzy often plays by herself, having no one she can call real friends. Her mom and dad ask her to go outside to play with their dog Skeebo while they clean the house. This is nothing new. She went to the creek behind her house to play and let the dog roam around. When the dog starts barking and growling she goes to investigate and discovers the dismembered head of a man, floating face up in the water. Her initial thought is to get her parents to call the police. That is until the head starts to sing to her. This is the beginning of probably the most surreal period of Lizzy’s life.
And that’s as far as I can go without totally spoiling things. This is a short story that you could probably read in an hour and a half. It was totally not what I expected it to be but in a very good way.
Mr Bare has written a story that is incredibly dark, surreal and will leave you at times thinking “what am I reading here”. The difference between being a confusing tale that you read with your face scrunched up, and really losing yourself in the story and believing everything you read, is a fine line. I would urge anyone reading it to stay on the light side of that line and just enjoy.
What transpires is a story right out of The Twilight Zone or an old horror flick you might have watched in the 80’s or early 90’s. It has that certain “atmosphere” about it that transports you back to those times and if you enjoyed the films of those days then this is a story for you. You wonder what is happening and then think to yourself “I’ve got it” only to be proved wrong as another little confusing section comes along and gets you wondering once again where it is going.
It looks like this is going to be the first book in a series and I for one would definitely be interested to see how Ricardo Bare is going to expand on this. To me it has the makings of a very cool set of stories almost paying homage to the horror of old.
It has plenty of gore, plenty of “eh?” moments and more than its fair share of old school horror. Well worth the read if you want to kill a couple of hours without taxing the brain too much.
An enjoyable 3 stars from me.