Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: WICKED REMNANTS by Manuel Meléndez

Alright, first, the cover: it’s like right out of a Marvel comic. I mean, the dude on the bottom reminds me of the Hulk. Awesome work!

Next thing: I open the book and I find that there are more illustrations inside. Dreadful, gory, very well done! Love it!

In a nutshell, this is a collection of short stories filled with dark reverence and alluring mystery. Each one was like watching an episode of Tales from the Crypt with its engaging wit and bloody horror.

“Lunch Hour” is a delectable recipe for revenge and murder.

“The Old Man” reveals a terrible truth in a man’s reflection.

A man contemplates ending the misery of his poor, sick wife, perhaps following in the footsteps of the acclaimed writer in “Poe’s Cottage.”

A murderer stalks the streets of a peaceful barrio neighborhood in “A Killer Among Us.” Upon realizing the true killer’s identity, a young boy takes vigilance and embarks on the adage, “Like Father, Like Son.”

A man relays his encounter with a savage beast and how it sealed his fate. An artist goes mad with insanity, wondering if the demons he paints are coming to life.

Enriching and poetic, these tales take the reader on a wild trip to the dark side. Meléndez did a splendid job of blending gothic horror with Latino culture. A great read!

 

My rating: 4 stars

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