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“Portraits in the Dark” reminds me of a train wreck; you really don’t want to watch it happening, but you just can’t help yourself. The main reason why you don’t want to watch it is because it makes you look at your own human nature. This 78 page book contains a collection of nine short stories. Each one has a touch of darkness and in some a touch of the supernatural. Sometimes, you are uncertain if there is actually supernatural involvement or if the person is just insane.
I found myself caught up in these stories. My biggest disappointment was that they are short stories. I wanted more! Ms. Greene has a talent for drawing you in and getting you hooked, but since the story is short, she quickly lets you go. I was very impressed with her ability to do this. She rapidly gets to the heart of the story, and envelopes you in its darkness.
Each tale has its own flavor and stands well by itself. Her talent allows you to dwell in the mind of an insane person, or suffer along with someone that is being afflicted by an evil being. Of course some stories combine both elements. She covers a variety of topics, and torments. Jealousy, lust, and greed are dominating elements that she includes in most of the stories.
Because it is a short book, it is perfect for taking on a trip. You can read it, enjoy it and not have to worry about not being able to finish it when you get back. I would much rather enjoy reading a well written, emotional collection of these tales, than an overly priced, advertisement ridden magazine while I am traveling or waiting somewhere. If you enjoy horror, do not miss out on this one!
5 out of 5 spaceships
September 9, 2007
Portraits in the Dark
Author: Nancy O. Greene
Release Date: August 9, 2006
Genre: Horror/Short Fiction
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Reviewer: Paige Lovitt