|The New Death and Others|
by James Hutchings
Summary from Goodreads:
"Death gets a roommate...
An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...
44 stories. 19 poems. No whiny vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?"
This book is way outside my comfort zone but since I’ve been trying to move outside my boundaries, the New Death and Others is just one of the books I needed to do so.
I’ve read a couple of anthologies before, but usually it’s a collection of stories and poems from a variety of authors, so I was a little surprised knowing that the author of this book solely wrote the stories and poems. I may not be a writer but I know that it’s hard to create anecdotes that would only take up a few pages and yet must have the establishment of characters and a moving story. Plus the idea alone is something hard to accomplish; so for that, kudos to you, James Hutchings!
Now on with the book’s content. What is it about? Well, the title and the cover pretty much says it all. I can’t say I loved all the stories but there are several that stood out and I somehow came to like. For instance, when I read The End, I liked the irony of what occurred with the characters, sorry for being vague but I’d be giving away the entire story if I go any further.
I also like the touch of a Lovecraft tale. While I was taking up 3D Arts, we had a class called “Character Illustration” and part of our lesson was to get inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s works and create fantasy creatures. That was not an easy take for me so I commend the author’s ability to construct something out of that.
I do have to say that I struggled with some of the stores. I guess it’s because they’re not the type of stories I encounter with the books I’m accustomed reading. I also feel like some parts may’ve been unpolished or unclear to me; or maybe I just don’t get the idea of.
This may not have been a favorite of mine but I admire Hutchings for his creativity and I’d surely like to see more of his works.