Hunger for death - by Joshua Marsella
Updated: Jan 6
The first short story collection from Joshua Marsella (Author of Scratches and Severed) was something I had to pick up – from his first to novellas, I know Joshua has a very easy-going narrative, it feels like listening to a good friend telling a horror story around a campfire. Joshua also has a fairly ingrained moral compass, a lot of which comes out in his writing. That sometimes makes the bad guys really bad (see the end of Severed), but it also lets you know you’re in good hands.
This debut collection is pretty strong, Joshua covers everything from Alien abduction to cosmic horror intruding on the world through a jigsaw puzzle. Joshua piles on the emotional content to wreak his havoc, from unborn child fatalities to old men, lonely, dying alone whilst children mock him, Marsella has a knack for picking up storylines that twist your moralistic standpoint and make you aware that there are humans on the other side of scorn. Sometimes that can be a little preachy, but most of the time it hits home, as in here.
I think this is a solid first collection, there were a couple of shorts here that didn’t hit home with me, but overall the writing standard sweeps you along, and it’s great to be in Joshua’s world again.
4 ⭐ ‘s out of 5
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