The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death [Hardcover]
I love Sharkchild's work. It's ethereal and potent, leaving just enough to the imagination to really form a lasting impression. Since the first Dark Verse book, I've had several of the stores lingering in my mind, begging me to reread them. When I want a short story collection, this series is the first one I turn to.
Like most anthologies I enjoyed some stories better than others but I did find that overall this collection has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. Some of the titles and illustrations were difficult to make out in the ereader version, which made it a bit harder to keep track of which stories I enjoyed.
In my opinion just as good as the first. The stories are great. Doesn't take long to read through the entire book
This was another great read from the author Sharkchild. I was hooked since the first book and now I'm going to jump right into Volume 3.
*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Before I get into the review of THE DARK VERSE, VOLUME 2: IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH, I need to state up front that I have not read Volume 1, however doing so is not necessary to enjoy Volumes 2 or 3 of this series. Now that my preface is done, I will simply state this about the book (Volume 2): do yourself a favor and buy this series at all costs.
I rarely rave about a book unless it is outstanding on every front. Books I rant about are written well, are thoroughly original, and are almost flawless in both content and entertainment. I can state, without a doubt, that IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH is one of these very tomes. If you are any kind of fan of horror fiction, this book (and its brothers) are must-haves.
The covers of each book alone are enough to prompt their purchase. Each is beautiful to take in, vivid in detail and crafted brilliantly. I found myself enjoying their appearances just as much as I did their contents.
And enjoy them I didimmensely. Author Sharkchild does a superb job of reaching into the psyche of humanity and drawing out those things which scare us and haunt us the most. Every story is a carefully constructed tale that will resound in the subconscious long after it is over.
The characters in IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH are fleshed out well and fit perfectly within each tale. Interestingly, the stories are written in first-person, which deepens the level of immersion for each, and thus heightens the entertainment value as well. I found myself putting my own face on the characters and living then the nightmares as the tales played out.
I highly recommend IN THE BLOOD OF DEATH, and I suggest you pick up all three volumes as soon as possible. As I mentioned, youll get three beautiful books chocked full of hardcore horror and vivid terror. I can very easily see these becoming collectors items soon, so snatch yours up today.