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Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales

by Fran Friel

Other authors: Gary A. Braunbeck (Introduction)

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Fran Friel has been carving her way into the horror genre for the past few years, and while she can get the chills going just fine, I was most impressed by her use of humor. The short back-to-back 'food'-themed entries, GRAVY PURSUITS and MASHED, are both fine examples of humorous horror done right (something this reviewer admires and is constantly on the lookout for).

While I enjoyed Friel's novella, MAMA'S BOY, I believe the highlight here is the nearly-as-lengthy FINE PRINT, which puts a surprisingly fresh spin on the old sell-your-soul story; although it deals with personal characters, there's an epic battle playing out in the background that gives this one a fantastic lift. Kudos also for THE SEA ORPHAN, a killer pirate story that deals with a young man who inherits his mother's witchcraft skills. Being a canine fan, I also loved UNDER THE DRYER, which is told from a dog's point of view (and also happens to be quite creepy).

Although I'm not a big poetry fan, there's some short, sweet, and SICK ones on display here. They'll easily keep your attention, and they act as nice little breaks in-between the tales.

Included in this 14-story/poem collection is a wonderful introduction by Gary A. Braunbeck and some interesting author notes. MAMA'S BOY shows off this rising author's goods and left me quite satisifed...hopefully we'll see a novel soon. ( )
1 vote NickCato | Aug 13, 2009 |
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Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales is a varied collection of works by Fran Friel. The diversity of the stories within Mama’s Boy is amazing as each tale takes the reader down a twisted and dark road that sticks in the readers mind long after the book is put down. Not only are the stories diverse in their telling, but they range in length from flash fiction to novella. Each story grasps the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. One story that really stands out is The Sea Orphan, a sad story of a boy who looses both of his parents and finds himself in servitude to an innkeeper, then the plaything of pirates. A story that is certain to send shivers down the reader’s spine is Close Shave - it’s a flash fiction piece that is painful to real and hard to forget. The final story, Mama’s Boy, is one that will drag the reader, kicking and screaming, through the filth of a serial killer’s mind and the sad life that drove him to his horrendous deeds. Mama’s Boy doesn’t stop there though. Not only is it a twisted story of psychological terror, but it also blends in horror of the supernatural variety. Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales is a well-written, imaginative and well thought out collection of stories that I would highly recommend for both public and private libraries. ( )
  bretjordan | Feb 9, 2009 |
Mama's Boy is a solid debut from a great new voice in dark genre fiction. The stories vary from a pirate adventure to a single, startling paragraph, showing a variety of possibilities for the reader and the versatility of the author. If you're looking for something new to read and you love darker, skewed tales this is a great place to start. ( )
  Michele_lee | Nov 11, 2008 |
This is a superb collection of short stories, flash fiction, and even poetry. It is ruthless and visceral. I loved it. I can't wait for more from Fran Friel. ( )
  lesleydawn | Oct 23, 2008 |
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Nothing good comes of the closest ties in Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales, the new collection from Fran Friel and Apex Publications. Things can go especially awry when the tie in question is the one binding mother and son. This collection contains 14 tales, including the Stoker Award nominated novella ""Mama's Boy.

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