Genre: Horror, fantasy
Publication date: June 17, 2018
Publisher: Dark Park Publishing
Trigger warnings: animal abuse (Pet), explicit torture (The Dark at the Deep End), sexual assault (Suitable for Framing)
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” —Mark Twain
From the devilishly inventive mind of Sawney Hatton comes this twisted collection of 12 Dark Fiction tales featuring a magical finger, a cannibalistic memorial, an extreme piercing parlor, a Space Age monastery, a budding serial killer, and more. Presenting three new, never-before-published stories, as well as re-mastered versions of earlier works, this collection is sure to disturb and delight readers who like to play in the dark.
About Sawney Hatton
Sawney Hatton is an author, editor, and screenwriter. His published credits include the Dark Comedy novel Dead Size, the YA Noir novella Uglyville, and his Dark Fiction short story collection Everyone Is a Moon. His most recent novella The Devil’s Delinquents appears in the Noir-inspired anthology Murder in Montague Falls. He also edited the Sci-Fi Horror anthology What Has Two Heads, Ten Eyes, and Terrifying Table Manners?
Other incarnations of Sawney have produced marketing videos, attended all-night film festivals, and played the banjo and sousaphone (not at the same time). He fancies himself as somebody you can relax and have a beer with, and encourages people to buy him beer in exchange for his company. As of this writing, he is still very much alive.
You can become better acquainted with him at www.SawneyHatton.com. You’ll also find him lurking on Facebook and Twitter.
Even if this is not quite your genre, you must give this book a try. If you’re not shocked too easily, you will LOVE this book.
The writing is excellent and has the ability to take you to deep, dark places you never knew existed. I, for one, did not know that I would relish such twisty, dark stories so much.
I was fascinated by the totally irreverent tone of the stories and compelled to keep reading, even if I sometimes found some of the themes disgusting. The author has put on paper thoughts that most of us would never dream of revealing in public, if we even had such thoughts in the first place.
My favorite stories are Cutting Remarks (about a husband always picking on his wife), The Mortal Machine (about a man building a remarkable machine), and The Beholder (about a man who observes things VERY closely). These insights into the dark, unseen recesses of the human mind kept me spellbound.
Sometimes, it seems like the author is laughing at the reader’s expense–as if he’s saying, “I know what you were expecting, but here, take this!”–and he throws in such a shocking twist. You’re left with nothing to do but hold your head in your hands.
I was grimacing while reading the torture fantasy in The Dark at the Deep End–it was the only story I skimmed through because it FELT too physically painful.
The author offers a brief look into each of the stories in the preface and that’s quite handy if you want to choose the order in which you want to read the stories.
Everyone is a Moon is a collection of deliciously dark, trippy, and insightful stories of varying length that will be hugely enjoyed by fans of this genre!
(I received a review copy from Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.)