Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, by Nathan Ballingrud

  • Title:  Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell
  • Author: Nathan Ballingrud
  • Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
  • Started:  9/11/2022
  • Finished: 9/12/2022
After reading Ballingrud's North American Lake Monsters and loving that collection of short stories, I was really interested to read Wounds.  As a dedicated public library user (and not a collector of books) I try my hardest not to purchase books, but I made an exception on this one because I wanted to "skip the line" and get it asap.

It was worth the money.  I'm torn on which I liked better, NA Lake Monsters or Wounds.  I had never read Ballingrud before (unless he had a story in a horror anthology I've read previously) so the first story in NA Lake Monsters was such a surprise to me, in a good way.

But the stories in Wounds relate more (or maybe I just noticed it more), the first & last being true bookends to the collection.  

All in all, a great collection of stories that I will no doubt revisit once enough time has passed that they'll be new to me, again (with my memory that won't take very long).

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