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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Writing my synopsis for A Flutter of Darkness by Jason LaVelle would never equal that of the author's own as it appears on Amazon's book page. "A flutter is a gathering of butterflies. Elegant, ethereal, inspiring joy and wonder. But not all butterflies feed on flowers and light. Some are drawn to decomposing bodies and trickling pools of blood; some are drawn to darkness. This collection of short stories and novellas is the perfect place to admire those creatures. Whimsical and beautiful, splattered with terror, these stories show the darkness that lays hidden within us all."
There are fifteen short stories, "short" being relative, that span the entire horror genre scope. From a dystopian world where overpopulation calls for extreme measures to a magical garden full of buried books to a story with strong impressions of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the imagination of Jason LaVelle knows no bounds. In A Flutter of Darkness, everyday occurrences become anything but ordinary, dreams become nightmares, and whimsical beginnings morph into dramatic and often violent horror. LaVelle's writing style varies with each of the stories, but one skill is constant among them all... his ability to lead the reader into the mind-boggling, yet believable characters and situations that are never as they originally appear. Twists and turns are par for the course and the conclusions of each story are always surprising. A Flutter of Darkness is a not-to-be-missed short story anthology guaranteed to excite and win new fans for this very talented author.