In another appearance for this author here at I am, Indeed – I am pleased to present
Title: Elements of Darkness
Author: Michael Twist
Genre: Short Story Collection
Series: Twist’s Tales, Volume 4
Best Read in Order: Not Necessary
Purchase Now: Amazon
About the Book:
Fifteen tales of psychological terror demonstrating mankind’s darker side. Greed, revenge, malice and antipathy weave their way through these stories that more often than not end with a twist and occasionally feature language and violence unseen in previous volumes of Twist’s Tales.
The offer for this collection of short stories was made with the understanding that I may not be able to complete – I’m a huge visually imaginative reader and just do not deal well with horror / dark titles. And frankly, I am more than okay with that. But, I do love this man’s writing, his short stories are sublime, so it was more than worth the effort.
Again, Twist has managed to craft stories for this collection that are impeccably crafted, bringing tension and plot into a neatly formulated idea, and then spun off into an ending that is often wholly unexpected, and is always thought provoking. Deliciously deviant, these tales all deal with the darker elements of the human psyche: greed, cruelty, dishonesty and revenge Each story is unique unto itself, but combines to provide readers with a sense of futility: the resolutions are not neat and clearly defined, there really isn’t a clear reward for the bad behavior.
These are stories that clearly show the depths to which a human being can sink, and provide with clear example, the futility of those darker impulses. Another winner in this series of short stories, Michael Twist has further cemented his place in my list of authors to recommend to readers and authors of short stories.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: After eighteen years of teaching literature Michael Twist decided to try his hand at writing some of his own. Always fascinated by human nature, Michael’s stories often focus on the decisions people make and the internal conflicts they experience in doing so.
Michael’s short story Ties That Bind won the 2011 William Faulkner Riverfest Literary Competition. His short story Americans Do Love Their Cars won the 2011 Quid Novi Festival Writing Contest. Also in 2011, Michael placed second in the Writers’ Journal, Write to Win Contest with his short story Nearly Perfect. In 2012 Michael placed two stories (Tea in Chesapeake and Dear John) in the finals of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network as well as making the finals in the Press 53 Open Awards Competition with his short story Out on a Limb. His micro-fiction has been short-listed numerous times in the Flash 500 competitions.