The Diorama and Other Stories

Fiction - Horror
240 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2018
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Author Biography

Sebastian Bendix is a Los Angeles based writer and musician, as well as host of horror film series, Friday Night Frights. He attended school at Emerson College for creative writing and spent his formative years in Boston playing in popular local band The Ghost of Tony Gold. Upon moving to LA he transitioned back to writing, contributing articles for the entertainment site and the print publication Mean Magazine. Stepping into the world of horror fiction, Bendix has found success both online and in print with numerous stories published in genre imprints and noted podcast The Wicked Library. Bendix self-published his first horror/fantasy novel The Patchwork Girl in 2013, and his second novel, The Stronghold, is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that has been published and is available as an eBook and in print. Also an avid film lover, Bendix has a sci fi/horror script that has been optioned and is in development.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Diorama and Other Stories by Sebastian Bendix is a collection of short stories with an irresistible appeal to fans of horror. Each story is imagined and written to give readers the chills. From the start of each story, the author introduces an unusual phenomenon, something shocking, something that makes the reader intrigued and that compels them to want to find out what is actually happening. For instance, the first story begins in a very curious manner: “Before he had made it across the parking lot, they opened up and pissed on Martin Taper, raining hot and foul.” The collection features a wide array of characters — vampires, werewolves, ghouls, ghosts, and all sorts of monsters.

In these stories you’ll find gore and the author does an impeccable job in exploring the darker side of things. It’s the kind of collection with stories that the reader finishes and doesn’t want to put out the light. The world-building, the frightening elements of the settings, and the author’s gift for tight writing are among the aspects of the narrative that make him a master in the short story genre. The characters are well developed and compelling. Each story has a grip of its own and the narrative voice is so strong that it’s easy to follow. Sebastian Bendix uses grim humor and other elements of style to enrich the reading experience. The Diorama and Other Stories is comprised of thrilling tales that will keep anyone awake through the night and make them scared of the dark. Each is crafted to be a chilling ride into the darkness.