Fresh off the presses! We have in Saleem’s review of Matthew de Lacey Davidson’s short story collection Roses In December: Haunting and Macabre Tales! What’s it all about? Check out the official synopsis below and then dive right in!
Roses in December is a short story collection which defies categorisation. Some of the stories are haunting – others are deeply troubling.
A man receives a religious vision in his ordinary back garden; a nuclear physicist in Australia experiences a great surprise where he least expects it; a duct-tape salesman unsettles his faithful customer; Voltaire does not put his best foot forward; someone makes a grim discovery upon waking up in a prison; a psychiatrist does his best to treat a political extremist; a nineteenth-century photographer goes about his usual (and highly unusual) business; and a wealthy neighbourhood in Montreal becomes the scene of an immense and avoidable tragedy.
In twenty-two short (and extremely short) stories and fables, Matthew de Lacey Davidson cuts close to the unintended poetry and grimness of every-day existence, while at the same time enabling the reader to have compassion for those described therein.