Review – Brian Keene’s “Blood on the Page”

Blood on the Page is an excellent collection of short stories. I’m a fan of Keene’s longer works, but this collection contains some of the best writing I’ve yet to read from the man.

It’s always difficult to give a collection a single rating, because no author on earth has ever been blessed with perfect consistency. I chose a four, because 1) that’s my overall impression of the read, and 2) that’s where I’d put the majority of the stories. Some were sublime, inching into 5-star territory. Others were more mediocre, earning a 2 or 3.

Unfortunately, some editorial errors made it into the final product – in particular a few misuses of apostrophes. Though jarring, there were only a handful, and they do not greatly take away from the experience.

If you are a fan of horror, gritty life experiences, and general creepiness, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.

Rating: 4/5

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