Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s work.
Hitchman is fluent in the language of mood and emotion, a deep wellspring of feeling bubbling up through her rich, lustrous prose. One feels at home in the writing, which displays a great depth of understanding in regard to psychology and interpersonal relationships. Indeed, so much of Hitchman’s power lies in her artful character development. There is a whisper of the supernatural here, but the true horror in these stories is firmly rooted in the realm of the human – the depths of that confused and frightened animal.
Complex subjects are subtly explored, giving way to haunting physical and spiritual revelations concerning both subjective and collective perception. Shades of years past returning to exact their pound of flesh, black secrets long held festering in the mind, the soul laid bare in all its beauty and horror, death coming to us in an unassuming guise, the habituating desires we are never quite able to sate— in these ten twisting tales Hitchman maps out the darkest reaches of the soul.
All the stories ring true, but a few standouts include “The Homecoming”, “The Eye of the Beholder”, “Every Queen Deserves a King”, and my favorite: “The Dead”.
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Review Written by W.J. Renehan