Hot on the heels of my interview with the fabulous Nicholas Vince, here is my review of his equally fabulous short story collection.
What Monsters Do , collects seven of Nicholas's short stories in one nicely put together book. They say you shouldn't judge a book buy its cover, however I always think that when it comes to self published books, a good cover is generally a good indication of the stories held within. My reasoning for this is if the author puts as much effort into his writing as he does for producing a well made cover, then you're quids in. And this excellent cover by Carlos Castro, captures the tone of this book perfectly.
In a number of these stories Nicholas takes a well used monsters, such as werewolves, Mummy's and Ghosts and expertly breaths new life into them.
The opening story Family Tree, is one such story,I don't really want to say to much about this as the discovery of the family secret, and the origin of the monster in the story would be lessened for new readers. However I will say that this story is one hell of read, Nicholas manages to give a new spin on the mythology. And the emotional bomb that he drops at the end of the story is truly heartbreaking.