Ever have a bad day? Everyone does. It can be a simple elevator ride that turns into a self-inflicted nightmare or as complicated as trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Flaws and Claws is a collection of four stories where life just goes wrong. Sometimes its scary, often it’s funny, and it’s always entertaining. Flaws and Claws mixes horror and comedy in unexpected ways and will leave you begging for more.
Let me begin by saying that I read Edward J Russell’s Flaws & Claws at what seemed like the perfect time. Work had been stressful and coming home feeling unappreciated for the work I do I was in need of something fun and entertaining. Flaws & Claws was nearly utter perfection for what I needed. Now, that’s not saying that the 4 stories within the pages of this book can not be enjoyed at other times, but I do believe this book can help make a bad day brighter.
I do not usually go over individual stories, as typically there are too many to allow a proper discussion without making the review overly lengthy. However with only 4 stories, making up 166 pages, I feel each tale from Flaws & Claws merits a brief mention. In “Green Peppers” the first day on the job becomes a test of self control as an elevator ride gets more and more torturous and painful. “Not So Dearly Departed” introduces us to Clancy whose Aunt has passed on and she and The Daughters of Perpetual History have one last meeting to hold with Clancy’s help. The first day of hunting season is filled with tradition for a group of friends and a father who his son along for his first hunt, but things begin to go horribly wrong and “Opening Day” becomes a day of horror. Last but not least “Milton Dixon Has a Bad Day” teaches us that hill folk may not be a dumb as city folk seem to think they are…they sure know how to live, have fun and take care of zombies when they happen to wander into their neck of the woods.
Flaws & Claws is filled with hilarity, gore, adult humor and even a bit of thought-provoking morals. I would not hesitate to add this one to your bookshelf or Kindle.
Espresso rating: Triple