This past year, I Read the opening book in Lee Murray’s Taine Mckenna series, Into the Mist, and had an absolute blast, so naturally I jumped on the opportunity to review her upcoming collection . I was unsure what to expect, as I’d never read any of Murray’s shorts. That being said, this collection does not disappoint!
Murray is a wonderful writer, and her skill is on display here in full force. All of the stories feel completely different. Murray has a knack for writing in different time periods and with characters from all different cultural backgrounds in a way that just pulls you into the story. You feel like you’re in the caverns, immersed in the jungles. You can see the results of the fallout and picture the zombies chasing the characters.
This book features plenty of action, scares, and horrific imagery. Not only that, but bonus points for having a Taine Mckenna short thrown in the mix. Some of my personal favorites here were Hawaiki, Selfie, The New Breed, and Into the Clouded Sky. Although those were my personal favorites, I enjoyed everything I read.
Grotesque: Monster Stories is an outstanding collection from a fantastic author. Be on the lookout for what’s sure to be one of the top collections of 2020.
by John Lynch
11 short stories from the imagination of New Zealand's multiple award-winning author and editor Lee Murray! Contains 4 original stories including a new adventure in the much-lauded and awarded Taine McKenna series!
The book has already received outstanding praise and reviews, including the following:-
“With Grotesque: Monster Stories, Lee Murray proves she is a first-rate talent! These stories are fascinating,
unexpected, and scary as hell!” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rage and V-Wars.
“Action, thrills, monsters, awesome!” — USA Today bestselling author, David Wood.
“It has been said creating is a path of immortality; Murray’s engaging tales bring us into the dream time of imagination, mixing her unique dark stories and the Māori culture to create a collection existing outside of time, taking us with it.” — Linda D. Addison, award-winning author and HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.