Unique Horror Shorts. An Interesting Collection.
4 out of 5 stars
Dimas Rio is a new name to me. When I saw this cover I was intrigued. I wasn’t sure what sort of horror it was going to be. Now that I read it, I’m still not sure what form of horror it is, but I know it’s in one of the sub-genres. It wasn’t super freak me out horror, or bloody/splatterpunk either. It had that paranormal/other entities feel to it.
Who’s There as a collection was interesting to me. Each story doesn’t really feel that different from the other when formatted for audio. I say this because if you blinked at the end of the one story and stopped paying attention for 30 seconds you could miss that it was over and another one started. I, unfortunately can’t give constructive criticism here because I don’t really know of a better way to signify that one story is over and another is starting without pulling the reader completely out of the collection.
Honestly, the biggest enjoyment I got out of this was the fact that a lot of the paranormal/”who’s there” creatures/things were from stories that I don’t know much about. Folk tales that I’ve never been told or really heard much about. It’s nice to have horror that is familiar in prose and set up but the things within it are new and unique (at least to me).
Overall, I enjoyed this collection. None of it blew my socks off, but the collection as a whole felt well thought out and put together. Each story had it’s own theme, while sticking to the overall collections theme as well. The narration from Bill Allender really stands out in Who’s There. He crushes it and brought a little bit extra to each story.
A woman who went missing a week before her wedding. A man recalling his nightmarish encounter with the devil. Letters sent from beyond the grave. A call from loved ones, who since have passed. Limbs that have a mind of their own.
These ghostly tales of revenge, greed, and desperation writhe and squirm in the dark corners of modern-day Indonesia. Rich in cultural undertones that are uniquely Asian, these stories are in equal part grotesque and poetic, irreverent and spiritual, unusual and universal.
Drawing on local folk tales of vengeful banshees, dusk-dwelling monsters, and other forms of the undead, this collection of five short stories will transport listeners to the deep, dark abyss where demon forever resides: the human mind.