Monday, December 21, 2009

Reviewy-Tuesday

Catching up on some reviews and other news.

I've posted my recommendation of See No Evil, Say No Evil by Matt Betts at Skull Salad.

Jorge Solis of Fangoria.com had some nice things to say about Dead Bait, including my contribution, "Grim Adaptations":

My favorites in the collection are Tim Curran’s “Piraya” and Aaron A. Polson’s “Grim Adaptations.” In both tales, dead fish are reanimated back to life as zombies to feed off of humans...

Luke Reviews covered Monstrous back in May, but I've only recently stumbled across this lovely send up of "A Plague from the Mud":

In this tale, Polson presents us with a slowly evolving tale of dread, as the clues are all there, and we all know what will happen, but we can't turn and look away. This dark piece works that dread well, playing on suspense and short bits of story with lots of breaks, nailing the suspense of the dying town of Monument, Oregon.


Finally (for the review portion of the post), Tom Powers at Small Press Reviews mentioned "Dancing Lessons" while covering Triangulation: Dark Glass.

...a girl poignantly encounters an animated carnival monster who may be her dead father...

In other news,"Precious Metal", a short-short accepted by the venerable Albedo One last year, is due out in their next issue. I'm giddy about this, as Albedo One has a long and storied track record.

Last but not least I found myself listed in the International Science-Fiction Database. They only have two of my shorts listed: "A Plague from the Mud" and "The Ox-Cart Man". Weird to be listed at all. I must be "real".

Oh, and I've added the "followers" bit to the sidebar. I wrestled with it for a while, not wanting to seem to narcissistic, but I think it can be a good social networking tool for visitors. So, there it is.

11 comments:

K.C. Shaw said...

Now that's a nice yearly roundup. :) Now I'm off to read the new Skull Salad review!

Cate Gardner said...

Congratulations, Aaron. Some fantastic reviews.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, ladies. I can't complain. I remember reading Fangoria in my neighbor's basement as a kid...sheesh.

katey said...

Oh you are super real, Aaron. Don't forget it ;)

All really good reviews, but the Plague from the Mud one sort of sums up your awesome way of building a story. My favorite horror tales work in that way exactly. No wonder I like your stuff so much.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Very cool to get a Fangoria plug.

Aaron Polson said...

Katey - I figure in "horror", everybody knows it's going to get ugly (no surprises). But keeping someone focused on that ugly = the real trick.

Jeremy - Yeah. Me: "WTF?"

Alan W. Davidson said...

Yep, a great round up, Aaron. Well done!

Jamie Eyberg said...

A good year indeed. Wait until they start reviewing your books. :)Off to read a review.

Natalie L. Sin said...

This is why I follow in secret. I wouldn't want to scar potential new readers of yours with my avatar of pert man butts. ; )

Danielle Ferries said...

Great comments and congrats on the listing.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks Alan.

Jamie - I definately won't go nuts on them if I receive some lukewarm reviews (like a few authors of late have done via Amazon...yikes)

Natalie - There is a time and place for pert man butt avatars. Yes, I just wrote that phrase.

Danielle - Thanks!