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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Review: Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon

by Ruschelle Dillon
December 15, 2017
144 pages
Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC
Adam is a young preacher, with a loving wife and a child on the way. His family, his congregation, and his affinity for one particular science fiction movie are enough to keep him happy with his life. But when a new member of that congregation begins to haunt him at seemingly the worst possible moments, he begins to question the weight of his life’s responsibilities. Can he handle being “the one” – the one so many look to in times of need?

Detective Oswald Quinn is not so happy with life. His marriage has not turned out quite as happy as Adam’s, but his responsibilities have become just as heavy. The latest of these burdens have led him to the investigation of a serial killer who seems to seek perfection in the number 3.

Meanwhile, Scott seems completely unburdened by responsibility, save for his endless pursuit for a full glass at the bar. The drinks should be flowing freely on May 5, or “Cinco de Mayo”. But on this date, Scott discovers a failure much more haunting than an unquenchable thirst.

Arithmophobia is a collection of short stories that leads you on a journey to consider the sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous impact of numbers. Whether it be the value we assign to our lot in life, a date on a calendar, or the numerical magic that mother-nature can offer, Arithmophobia’s nine stories examine the magic and mystery that begins at the intersection of life and a single digit.

I'm a sucker for a short story collection, but I'm also a harsh critic of them. What makes a good collection is the author's ability to write many stories that are each unique and with its own voice. Many times all the stories sound the same and I get bored by the third one. 

Ruschelle Dillion has created an entertainingly creepy and eclectic collection of dark fantasy fiction in her book Arithmophobia.

First things first, Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers. Here is a link if you want to know more. I was intrigued by the cover...I love the way the ship looks like a tiara on her head, and who doesn't love an octopus? But the cover only represents one of the stories, the number 8, if you're wondering. Combine that with the cool theme of the collection (the numbers 1-9) and I was hooked.

What a delightful read. The stories are Twilight Zone/Tales of the Crypt entertainment. Each has a twisted dark edge. Some lean more towards horror and others more towards dark humor and no two stories are the same.

If you enjoy that kind of thing Arithmophobia is worth a read!

The book/eBook being reviewed was provided for an honest review, and that no compensation was provided.

4.5 "wickedly fun" Sheep


About the author:
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Ruschelle Dillon is a freelance writer whose efforts focus on the dark humor and the horror genres. Ms. Dillon’s brand of humor has been incorporated in a wide variety of projects, including the irreverent blog Puppets Don’t Wear Pants and novelette “Bone-sai”, as well as the live-action video shorts “Don’t Punch the Corpse” and “Mothman”. She also interviews authors for the Horror Tree website.

Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and online zines.

Ruschelle lives in Johnstown with her husband Ed and the numerous critters they share their home with. When she isn’t writing, she can be found teaching guitar and performing vocals and guitar in the band Ribbon Grass.

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