Book Review: It Calls from the Sky
A chilling collection of short horror stories featuring creatures that come from the sky. This is the first book from the It Calls series by Eerie River Publishing that I have read, and I hope to read more. Each story here is dark, twisted, and well-written. Despite the common theme, there is a wide variety of tales and creatures. I was impressed at how many different sky monsters there could be in one collection.
My particular favourites are:
Tenure by V. A. Vazquez - What sets this story apart is that the main character isn't present for the action. He's filling out a tenure application and receives updates through the telephone. This serves to make the tension all the stronger because we, the reader, like the character, are helpless to stop the horror and have to wait for updates. It's an effective writing technique.
Heads in the Clouds by Matthew Brady - A story about a brother and sister who enter a kite-flying contest in the hopes that the prize will elevate them out of poverty. There was a lot of emotion in this story, and it's definitely worth reading.
Flying Home by Joel R. Hunt - This story was perhaps the creepiest of all. Emma is flying home on an airplane when a creepy man starts to harass her. I could relate well to Emma's predicament (minus the supernatural elements, of course), and I felt that the author did a good job of capturing how harrowing this situation could be.
All of the stories here are well done, and whatever your particular taste for horror, you should find at least a few that work for you.