Immaterial Ghost Stories - Robert Hood
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Ghost stories by Robert Hood
Leading the pack is contemporary, whatever that means, Australian Author Robert Hood who has a whole bunch of books published.
While Robert dives into Crime and Science Fiction as well, I was only interested in his
tales of the macabre so immediately sent out a message to Australian Books Online that I wanted a copy of Immaterial: Ghost Stories as soon as possible.
In short Robert Hood
has taken a sub genre, given it one hell of a shake up, and pretty much put his
own stamp on it.
No one tells a ghost yarn quite like Mr Hood
, and with Immaterial you never know quite what to expect from each story.
First off I enjoyed every one of the fifteen stories on hand in Immaterial and secondly each and every reader of Robert Hood's
fine collection will no doubt have his
Sins of the past, I'm always up for that sort of thing, and Robert Hood
has the ability to deal out the background details a piece at a time.
The story advances while we learn just what happened in the past.
And finally I would underline Malculate Conception as a study in how to get the best out of ordinary situations.
Just a jump to the left and you're in the twilight zone, to mix and match some references.
Just as a side note 13th Gantry Row appears to have picked one central idea out of this story to reproduce.
Each of the three stories mentioned could all be candidates for Masters of Horror episodes, someone really should do a Down Under take on that concept.
I'm actually left wondering if Robert Hood
doesn't love a tale of ordinary madness a tad too much!
Unfortunately Robert Hood
comes off as urbane and, well, a nice guy I guess.
And there I was hoping we had a Dexter Morgan in our midst.
The interview is well worth a read for those of us interested in hearing what Author's have to say about their work.
I took a number of days to get through Immaterial, as the stories contain more ideas than meet the eye initially and a re-read is essential to getting full value out of them.
writing style is easy to read and you will find yourself falling into the stories as each tale weaves it's magic.
The only disappointment for me was that the book ended and I was left wanting more, thankfully Robert
has recently published a new collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh so a quick letter to the book fairy is my next order of business.
[Editor's Note: We'll source a copy for you and pop it under your glass as the Cabana Lounge asap]
For those wondering how to secure a copy of Immaterial: Ghost Stories by Robert Hood
try the Australian Books Online website at www.
I believe they ship Internationally and with the Australian dollar currently down now would be a good chance to add to your library.
Come on you deserve to give yourself a treat, and the added bonus is that Australian horror has a completely different flavour to that from other parts of the world.
If you love ghost stories then you are going to simply devour Robert Hood's
Immaterial collection and be left baying at the moon for more.
Scare yourself up some festive cheer this year.