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This is author J. Elliott’s third collection of spooky short stories. It departs from its predecessors in that this one has some monsters.
The grout for this mosaic of tales is the story of Zap, an exhausted electrician with the Earle Power Company. Coming off a double shift restoring power after a wicked storm, he stops at the BW&S for a bite to eat. There’s something a bit off about the place beyond the perpetual Halloween décor. While Zap tucks into his “Beastie Burger” and works on his Uncanny Stout, nine stories unfold. You’ll meet Coral, an aging gardener with an invasive plant problem. In an homage to the M. R. James story “A View from A Hill”, is Bill, a flea market picker who finds old night vision goggles and sees more than wildlife. “The Lost Island of Unsonsy” is a whopper of a Chesapeake Bay fishing story. In “Pillow Talk” all the foster child Humphrey asks of his new parents is to have a brand-new pillow of his own. “Hoarder House” features a woman who has been collecting something more bizarre than newspapers, clothes or bric-a-brac for decades.
Ghosts, vampires, witches… Uncanny Stout is a fortifying collection of shivery offerings–a blend of classic ghost story with accent notes of The Twilight Zone.