Title: Hammer and Bone
Author: Kirby Crow
Page Length: 236 pages
Synopsis: The purest evil lives in the hearts of men.
Carnival mystics. Zombie tribes. Bad magic in the Bayou. Mage-princes, alien cities, and soul-stealing priests. The grim monsters in the worlds of these dark, speculative tales are true horrors, but it’s the people you should fear the most.
People like Michel, a boy pining for his best friend, Ray. But a presence in the swamp calls Michel to avenge another lost love, and he must decide which summons to answer. Or Angelo, a prescient cop who denies his visions until they endanger the man he loves. Or Bellew, an overseer in a shantytown of criminals sheltering a revenant and feeding it from their ranks.
From ruined lands of steam and iron, to haunted Southern forests, to brutal city streets where hope and damnation flow from the same spring, only a few stubborn souls possess the heart to challenge evil on its own terms. Some wield magic, some turn to rage or even love, but the ones left standing will survive only if they find the courage to carve their own paths to freedom.
Even if it means carving through flesh.
“He was a wraith of the factories, skinny and tall, with a wobbling gait that broadcast his deformed legs.”
― Kirby Crow, Hammer and Bone, “CRANK”
Why did I chose this book?
What a twisted, dark, revolting tantalizing collection of stories!
There’s something about this book that gets me. It might have to do with the fact that each story – short, quick reads – is so filled to bursting with world-building that I’m in awe as to how Crow does it. Every story has its own culture and candor, its quirks and established and SOLID foundation which makes it easy to get caught up in the twisted pitfalls of each and every new character introduced within.
And the fact that each story is COMPLETELY different, and wholly unconnected to one another, only adds to how insanely perfect this collection is. (Well… almost perfect. There’s maybe one or two stories in there that weren’t my cup’o’tea, but otherwise what a rush!)
I think if you’re looking for something a little different, gorgeously written, and full of world-building delights, you’d want to get your hands on this book!
Also if you liked Trysts, you’ll definitely enjoy this grittier, darker collection of tales.
What I love/like about it:
- The unique voice and development of each character
- The crazy insane world-building that goes on in each story
- That not every story has a happy ending (I’ve said it time and time again, horror’s not meant for happy endings. It’s meant to leave you more than a little disturbed.)
Warnings or Triggers
This book isn’t meant for kids. How does that sound?
ALTERNATIVE TITLES FOR THE DAY
Legit could not think of any. Tomorrow I’ll do better. Promise. xD