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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Obscura is the second volume of the Horrible Stories for Terrible People series by James Pratt. Stories range from Godzilla-worshiping monsters, to a dangerous cult and its ritual, music, zombies, and even Bigfoot.
The series' title never fails to amuse me - Horrible Stories for Terrible People. It made me think what kind of stories I would read. The writing style is readable with excellent pacing. It is as diverse and engaging as the previous collection that I read and truly enjoyed. Once again I was transported to many places, some unknown and some maybe more familiar than I realize. Author James Pratt definitely has a talent for blending comedy with the supernatural. I absolutely love this series. I love all the characters; they are as good and weird as the ones in the first volume.
“The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of…Death” is one of my favorites. James Pratt takes a stab at classic Frankenstein and The Sound of Music and adds his own twist to it. The result is a hilarious tale with an unexpected ending. Another favorite of mine, “Daughters of the Black Lotus” tells the story about an exclusive and all-female mystic organization as well as a couple of unlucky college boys.
All in all, this idiosyncratic collection is a satisfying read and would not disappoint you. If you are a fan of weird stories, you certainly have to give Horrible Stories for Terrible People a go. On the other hand, I can't wait for the next volume.