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Cinema by Jason Gehlert
Cinema is Jason Gehlert’s fifteenth entry into his library of work and his unique writing style brings horror to a new level! This collection, separated into sprawling short stories and poems, brings back several of his iconic characters as well as some thrilling new heroes. Laanes Available paints a disturbing tale about reckless teens stranded in a rundown bowling alley. Echoes is the centerpiece of the collection, featuring a group of teenagers fighting for survival inside a cave and features William, a Down Syndrome character you’ll likely not soon forget. Gehlert’s Immortal hitman Jeremiah Black (from his novel of the same name) returns in a pair of unique tales, and Malcolm Ellis for the macabre tale, My Black Valentine. Cinema also features artwork by artist Mary Ellen Doering, and marks the fifth collaboration with Black Bed Sheet Books. “Gehlert’s Cinema is a unique collection of horror stories that will keep you up at night with the lights on!” – From award-winning G.A. Minton, author of TRISOMY XXI.
I’ve been reading a lot of anthologies lately. Not a bad thing, but I have been hankering to dig into some novels and get lost for a longer term. I decided to belay that for Cinema by Jason Gehlert, and I made the correct decision. I’ve read Gehlert’s books before, and enjoyed them immensely, so I sat back to see what sort of madness he had for me this time.
The title ‘Cinema’ is fitting. Each story plays out very visual and textured, much like a good creepy movie would be; maybe showing some old rundown theater in a dirty back corner of town. The illustrations provided by Mary Ellen Doering were a nice touch, which I think helped set the stage. Starting with a story of a fisherman for hire, you aren’t sure if he’s going with ‘Old Man and the Sea’ or maybe ‘Ryme of the Ancient Mariner’. As per usual, it goes in a different direction entirely, and away we go into the darkness. The book is broken up much like a movie, with acts and intermissions. It’s a device that works because each Act has a different tone to it. Each story in Act One gives us twists and turns, keeping us interested. In Echoes, we find our hero to be not whom most would expect. In the Roade to Ruin, we find our hero to be exactly what we expect, but what he has to go through keeps you on the edge of your seat. (or bed, if you like to read in those sort of places)
The Intermission is a nice little palate cleanser. Full of poetry, dark and moving, it helps ready for Act 2 without forfeiting the tone of the anthology. I’ll admit, while I sometimes enjoy poetry, I’m not one to speak to much on it. I still think the peak of poetic genius lays with Shel Silverstein, so I’m probably not a great authority. I read each one, though. Each and every word.
Act 2 starts with a seriously creepy piece of body horror in Incision. Then we get to a treat. Combining the worlds of his previous work in Jeremiah Black and The Ferryman, we are taken on a hell of a ride in Ferrymen: Judgement Call. This is a world I wanted to read more of and hope there is more of it in the future. The Devil’s Troll and Laanes Available, both delightfully disturbing lead up to My Black Valentine, where , Jeremiah Black shows up one more time in a ‘just one more before we go’ gesture. He tussles with love, devotion, and various open wounds.
Overall, this is a fun collection of stories and poetry. Each story is a ride all in of itself, leaving a lasting impression. I highly recommend this anthology.
It’s quick update time! Just to let you know that I haven’t fallen off a cliff or anything; we’re still alive and kicking. The move from Austin to Allentown has taken it’s usual toll. Give about three to four months of adjustment, and catch up time, before one is back up to steam with normal things. But of course it’s not an actual big move until some thing really inconvenient happens just as things are settling in. And inconvenience always comes with friends. In this case the clutch went out on my car. As I live way too far from work to walk, or take a bus, it was all begging for rides and Lyft for me. But rest assured the little beast is back up and running and life is resuming as normal. Well, sorta. We also have bugs, thanks to our upstairs neighbors. The exterminator will be here on Thursday, and we have to figure out what to do with the animals for three to eight hours. (insert sarcastic cheering here)
I really just want to write and edit. Honestly, it’s about all I think of. My work schedule is not helping make time for it either, but I can figure out a way around that. It’s all this other crap that keeps getting in the way. Who knew that just doing what it takes to survive eats up all your time and energy? Weird, right?
I need to win the lottery. Or sell the rights of one of my stories to someone.
Anyone have the phone number for Hollywood?
Oh well. The important thing is that Mel and I are doing well, and that I can get some writing done here and there. And speaking of which: my next WIP novel is still in Beta reader/edit mode. And as usual I’m still not sure what to title it. I’m quite excited about it. But because writers are delicate snowflakes, the more pumped I get about a project, the more I question my skills as an author of words and letters. So it’s the usual; excitement mixed with crippling doubt.
I have far too many side projects going on, so I’ve settled (for now) on an anthology of short stories, a serial if you will, involving a world where all the horror movie tropes are real and everyday. A bit of a parody, but high on the horror factor. My main character is in a slow process of MTF gender transition. I’m having fun with it, and considering publishing one or two of the stories before hand. Side note, if anyone is transgender and would like to beta read these stories to make sure I’m getting my character right, PLEASE hit me up.
I do have a story being published in Shadows and Light Anthology this fall, so that is exciting. I guess I could have started with that. I am very happy to be in this years edition, as there is always superb writing every year, and it’s nice to have a story along side all that goodness.
Last but not least, you can expect a book review in the next day or two. To be honest, the whole point of this post was to say that I’m running way behind on everything (still) and expect a book review. I’ve gotten away from the reviews and interviews, but I’m thinking of fixing that. I like sharing new and different things with people and would like to do that again. Stay tuned.
Remember kids; stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and it’s all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.