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Book Review: Love and Other Monsters in the Dark by K. B. Jensen

Love and Other Monsters in the Dark
by K. B. Jensen
June 20, 2022
Publisher: Crimson Cloud Media LLC
ISBN: 9798985335002
Strange Stories That Linger in the Shadows

Readers will encounter serial killers, alien creatures, and dark angels, as well as more “normal” narratives about the horrors of everyday love. Love and Other Monsters in the Dark features a genre-hopping blend of contemporary fiction, noir humor, speculative fiction, and horror, with an undercurrent of love and the relationships that bind us together in the darkness. Among others, the cast of characters includes a catfish and her victim, creepy dolls in prayer, an arsonist housewife, an elderly bank robber, and a “teacup” pig. Some just can’t take it anymore.

From an award-winning story of a woman who turns into her grandmother overnight, to a narrative about facing relationship complications during a zombie apocalypse, this collection offers laughter and tears, playfully packaged in and out of flash fiction.

This is a collection of different horror and dark fantasy flash fiction tales. Some of my favorites included “A Siren in Stone,” “Arsonist Housewife,” “A One-Star Review,” “Paper Dolls,” “Catfishing in the Time of Covid,” and “Arnav and the Apocalypse.” 

A woman keeps hearing a woman crying from the stone walls of the villa she has rented in "A Siren in Stone." 

In the "Arsonist Housewife," she works to wash dishes in a full sink before the husband comes home and instead sets a fire. 

“A One-Star Review” is about a couple having dinner in a restaurant where the staff appears to keep a squirrel. 

“Paper Dolls” tells the story of a not-so-handsome boy who falls for a girl who has a sketchbook. He sneaks a look through it and finds it full of good-looking men, muscular ones, and some more average. He finds himself drawn in there. What she does with the drawings shocks him and is the story's title, too. 

A woman tries to scam an older man online and over the phone in 2020 during Covid and finds herself beginning to tell him the truth about themselves in “Catfishing in the Time of Covid.” 

“Arnav and the Apocalypse” tells the story of a girl and a young man, Arnav, both safe from the zombies until she ends up pregnant, and he leaves their safe house and yard to find her Korean food, specifically kimchi, downtown.

Love and Other Monsters in the Dark is a collection of quick stories to show the reader how darkness and horror are not just in the zombie apocalypse or dark angels made by the government but how we can find it in our everyday life. They are an entertaining rush of horrific yet sad and happy, adrenaline stories that are more than a flash in the pan.

I gave Love and Other Monsters in the Dark 4 sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Award-winning Author K.B. Jensen’s new collection of short stories, Love and Other Monsters in the Dark, is out. She has two novels, Painting With Fire, an artistic murder mystery, and A Storm of Stories, which veers literary and handles love, craziness and impossibility. Painting With Fire has been downloaded over 75,000 times. K.B. lives in Littleton, CO., with her family. She teaches skiing and writes poetry. A former journalist, K.B. is a senior publishing consultant and writing camp director for My Word Publishing. Her work has appeared in Cherry Magazine, Progenitor and other publications. Visit

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