I never get tired of saying this: I absolutely love anthologies! The short story is an art form that can convey so much in so few words. As such, you get a lot of bang for your literary buck with these collections. Author Jason Sizemore offers up a heaping helping of dark speculative fiction in his recent release, IRREDEEMABLE. Chocked full of variety and entertainment, this is one collection you will definitely want to add to your library.
If you are not familiar with IRREDEEMABLE, here is the synopsis courtesy of Apex Publications:
Flowing like mists and shadows through the Appalachian Mountains come 18 tales from the mind of Jason Sizemore. Weaving together elements of southern gothic, science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and much more, this diverse collection of short stories brings you an array of characters who must face accountability, responsibility, and, more ominously, retribution. Whether it is Jack Taylor readying for a macabre, terrifying night in The Sleeping Quartet, the Wayne brothers and mischief gone badly awry in Pranks, the title character in The Dead and Metty Crawford , or the church congregation and their welcoming of a special visitor in Yellow Warblers, Irredeemable introduces you to a range of ordinary people who come face to face with extraordinary situations. Whether the undead, aliens, ghosts, or killers of the yakuza, dangers of all kinds lurk within the darkness for those who dare tread upon its ground. Hop aboard and settle in, Irredeemable will take you on an unforgettable ride along a dark speculative fiction road.
The talent in this book is stunning. Sizemore writes with the skill of an aged author, one who has spent decades honing his craft. The stories are inventive and imaginative, short treks into the surreal and the sublime. Anthologies just don’t get much better than this.
Every story in IRREDEEMABLE is written well and flows smoothly. Sizemore brings a unique perspective to existing tropes, while at the same time illuminating his readers with new concepts as well. From zombies to aliens to spirits, there is a little bit of everything in there, which makes the entertainment value of the book skyrocket.
One of my favorite stories in this collection is “Hope”. In this tale, a woman named Hope turns out to be the key to the future of humanity. Unfortunately, only she and one more person on the planet are aware of that fact. This is a very original story that left me smiling after I finished it.
Another of my favorites is “Little Digits”. This one-page story supremely highlights the massive talent of Sizemore, as it offers up a whole lot of drama in just a few sentences. Ms. Jean is having a bad day in class. Her students have shown her how the tables can turn, and as a result, Ms. Jean might very well learn that sometimes the punishment does NOT fit the crime.
IRREDEEMABLE is a major win for me, and I’m proud to have a copy of it in my library. Do yourself a favor and pick up your copy today. You won’t regret it. The book is available now in a variety of formats.