From zombies and grave robbers to murderous exes and an idiosyncratic take on some of pop’s greatest hits, AJ Noon’s first collection of short stories, A Little Bit of (a) Creep, takes a decidedly quirky look at the darker side of life.
The writer, a former member of Chorley and District Writers’ Circle and Preston Poets’ Society, now lives in Portsmouth, the Hampshire port city that serves as a backdrop to many of these chilling little offerings.
A host of darkly colourful characters populate the pages of A Little Bit of (a) Creep and whether it’s the unnerving mother from hell of And Women Fail or the loathsome ‘hero’ of Hunter, there are stories – plus a couple of poems – here that are pretty much guaranteed to make the flesh crawl.
It’s not all unrelieved darkness though. Flashes of humour, admittedly of a jaundiced hue, are larded throughout these twisted little tales to shed a bilious light into some pretty murky corners. And although you may laugh along with the author, you can be sure you’ll be casting a few nervous glances over your shoulder as you do so.
So for a spine-tingling read, lovers of horror and supernatural fiction can sit back confident in the knowledge that A Little Bit of (a) Creep will haunt their dreams through the long dark nights of winter.
The book can be bought through Amazon.
(Redvark Publishing, paperback, £4.55 and ebook £3.50)