Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Short Story’ Category

WILDERNESS by Dean Koontz

November 29, 2013

Wilderness is the latest short story from prolific author, Dean Koontz, and it serves as an advertisement to his newest novel, Innocence. From what I’ve seen of the new book, and this short story, Koontz is performing a riff on The Beauty and the Beast. The words in the short story are beautiful and lyrical, […]

IN THE TALL GRASS by Stephen King & Joe Hill

July 28, 2013

“In the Tall Grass” is dark and grisly and ultimately just wasn’t for me. This reads like classic Stephen King with all the supernatural trappings and hidden monsters that horror stories feature when they’re done right. This collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill was probably something fans of both authors were looking for, a […]

THROTTLE by Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Joe Hill and Adam Johnson

June 6, 2012

Throttle is the first fiction I’ve seen that was written by horror writer Joe Hill and his father, Stephen King. It’s an interesting bit of fiction because one of the primary issues in the story is the relationship between fathers and sons, and it was written for the newest venue in literary entertainment, the ebook. […]

“THE SKELETON KEY” by James Rollins

June 8, 2011

Okay, I gotta admit I’m loving the short stories that are coming out of the whole ebook phenomenon. The newest one I just finished is from a longtime favorite author, and it’s part of his ongoing Sigma Force series. To sum up Sigma Force, it’s basically soldier scientists. And it reminds me a lot of […]

“Paris Is A Bitch” a short story by Barry Eisler

May 31, 2011

“Paris Is A Bitch” is the second straight to Kindle short story by Barry Eisler. This one starts John Rain, his half-Japanese, half-American hitman that he’s written six books about. His seventh John Rain novel, The Detachment, is coming out sometime from someone (if you haven’t kept up with all the flapdoodle surrounding that book, […]