REVIEW: Darren O. Godfrey – Apathetic Flesh

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Title: Apathetic Flesh
Author: Darren O. Godfrey
Publisher: Books of the Dead Press
Purchase from: Amazon

Review by: John Milton

With the advent and seemingly unstoppable deluge of ebooks now available, the avid horror fan is apparently spoilt for choice when deciding on what to read next. However, one thing that isn’t guaranteed is quality. Which brings me nicely to my latest review, that of ‘Apathetic Flesh’ by Darren O. Godfrey.

‘Apathetic Flesh’ is a collection of short stories, which can all comfortably be categorised as horror and yet, the collection as a whole has a distinctly unique feel. In the pages of this title, zombies, vampires and werewolves are notably absent. Godfrey’s own style of storytelling is altogether “different” and that is not meant as a sleight on his work.

Immediately with the first story ‘Inland, Shoreline’, hooked me in with a tale of a man haunted by the killing of his cousin and switching between flashbacks of 1977 to the present day. In common with the majority of the work contained herein, the twist at the end is a kicker…

For me, the most memorable and striking of the collection was ‘Angus Abernathy and The Animals’, with a gang of talking animals that would be distinctly out of place in your average Disney movie!

‘Fire in the Hole’ has all the hallmarks of a crime tale but as already stated, comes with a twist that makes it a difficult story to pigeonhole.

For some, ‘Apathetic Flesh’ will prove to be a troublesome read. Much of the subject matter is unsettling, bizarre and disturbing; and at times, I found myself reading over sentences and paragraphs to ensure that what I thought I read had actually just happened. For me, this was part of the appeal of this collection, coupled with Godfrey’s, at times, near-poetic prose.

At a little more than 300 pages long, Godfrey packs a lot in with more than twenty of his strange and horrific tales. I’d never heard of this author before but after reading this collection of his short stories, I’m eager to find out more about his work. I’d suggest that those who have become inured to the glut of generic horror titles available will be suitably refreshed by picking up ‘Apathetic Flesh’.
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