As I’ve mentioned countless times before, the short story form never gets old for me. But shorts are not easy to write. The average person cannot just sit down and whip out a good short story; it is a skill that takes time and practice to perfect. Author Elizabeth Fields is well on her way to becoming a phenomenal short story writer, and she proves this with her latest anthology, STILL THE SHADOWS. This is a short collection with only four stories, but quality is not an issue. Fields once again delivers intense and entertaining tales that any horror fan will love.
If you are not familiar with STILL THE SHADOWS, here is the book’s plot synopsis courtesy of the author, Elizabeth Fields:
Still the Shadows is the latest in terror from Elizabeth Fields. Inside these dark pages are four new twisted tales.
A young couple, stranded on their way to a romantic getaway, gets more help than they bargained for when they happen across the home of an old farmer and his wife.
A girl finds out that cats aren’t the only creatures with nine lives.
A young woman moves into a new place in LA only to find it’s not exactly the home sweet home she’d had in mind.
When a sleepy town goes through hard times, a dairy farmer finds a new way to make ends meet.
Fields once again writes with a simple style that focuses more on the story and less on unnecessary prose. This is a concept I wish more authors would follow. I can’t tell you how many short stories I’ve run across that are bogged down by too much exposition. I’m happy to report this is not the case here.
Each story in STILL THE SHADOWS is fun and full of horror. The ideas in this collection are unique and inventive, a testament to the imagination of the author. She does not rely on rehashed plotlines, but instead builds new ones. This is a large part of what makes her stories so enjoyable.
My favorite story in this group is “Cinnamon”. In this tale, a young woman has an early morning battle with a spider that will simply not give up the ghost. I would almost wager this story is the result of something similar that happened to the author at one time. The story is written with a lot of intensity, and I actually cringed at its conclusion.
A couple of years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing another collection of shorts by Fields titled DON’T LET THEM IN (click here to read that review). That anthology has six stories and is just as wildly satisfying as this one. If you are a fan of horror fiction, I recommend snagging it in addition to STILL THE SHADOWS. But regardless, check this one out for sure. This book is a huge winner for me, and I can’t wait to see what the author does next. It is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.