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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Review: Flowers in a Dumpster by Mark Allan Gunnells

Flowers in a Dumpster
by Mark Allan Gunnells
December 4th 2015
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Cover art by Ben Baldwin
Edited by Monique Snyman
The world is full of beauty and mystery. In these 17 tales, Gunnells will take you on a journey through landscapes of light and darkness, rapture and agony, hope and fear. 

A post-apocalyptic landscape where it is safer to forget who you once were... An unusual support group comprised of cities dying of a common illness... A porn star that has opened himself up to demonic forces... Two men battling each other to the death who discover they have much in common... A woman whose masochistic tendencies may be her boyfriend's ruin... A writer whose new friendship proves a danger to his marriage and his sanity.

Let Gunnells guide you through these landscapes where magnificence and decay co-exist side by side. Come pick a bouquet from these Flowers in a Dumpster.

Flowers in a Dumpster (great title by the way) is a collection of 17 horror short stories from Mark Gunnells. This is my first time reading Gunnell and color me impressed. This is a solid collection. Sometimes, stories in a collection blend together because the author's voice is the same in each story. This isn't the case with Flowers in a Dumpster. Gunnells' strong storytelling skills and unique look at the darker side of humanity kept me reading till the end. Each story had its own voice. And many of them left a lasting impression. I also liked the varying story lengths. The stories told in just a few pages was just as satisfying as a longer ones.

If you enjoy walking (you should probably be running though) on the dark side, check this collection out. Most of the horror is psychological, but there are a few slice and dice and eat'em stories.

4.5 "Flower picking" Sheep


About the Author:
Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his fiance Craig A. Metcalf.

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