I wasn’t asked to review W.B. Welch’s Blood Drops, but couldn’t think of a better title to bring to the blog just in time for my favourite holiday. Happy Halloween!
Blood Drops: A Collection of Horror Short Stories
by W.B. Welch
Publication Date: 16 December 2018
Whether we are following WB through a grim future where human meat is on the market, or trailing slowly behind while she introduces us to Marie Laveua’s daughter, you can be certain of one thing: you will be surprised. The best and the most brutal of WB’s works has been brought together in this all-too-believable collection.
Includes a total of eighteen tales.
I was introduced to W.B. Welch in what is by far the most unique way I’ve had on Pencils & Pages so far–she posted on Twitter about wanting to send a gift to someone just because. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing? As luck should have it, she chose me, a complete stranger, to send something to, and couldn’t have done a better job of finding the perfect gifts.
That being said, I had a good feeling about her from the start. And when I saw her short story collection, Blood Drops, had gone on sale, I knew I needed to snag a copy.
You might not know it from my current reading focuses, but I’m a lifelong Stephen King fan. Poe began my love for all things spooky early on. I was excited to return to these “roots” with Blood Drops, and what better time than right before Halloween?
The past few weeks have been especially hectic for me, and Blood Drops was the perfect escape. These stories are a beautifully haunting blend that I have no doubt will follow me for a long time to come. Even as I write this, I’m thinking about various characters and scenes from throughout the collection.
At first glance, you’d think a few of these shouldn’t fit with the rest of the short stories contained here, yet you’d quickly prove yourself wrong in reading. By the book’s close, the stories meld together as if the characters are speaking to one another as much as to you. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but “Meat Aisle” hit me hardest. It should seem so far-off from reality, and yet….