Erik T. Johnson, author, raconteur, mohair collector (OK, I made that last one up), and one of my best writer friends, put up his list of 31 great books he read this year. And my Little Deaths kicked off the list!
Here’s what he had to say:
Little Deaths, by John F.D. Taff
Such an enjoyable collection. Taff here presents a multitude of stories in different styles (1st person, 3rd person, epistolary format, surreal, urban, terrifying, humorous, psychologically astute, mythic, monstrous, smooth and scrofulous, &c.), but each one is unmistakably branded with Taff’s voice, which is poetic and surgically precise by turns.
This collection shows the work of a great writer who could do any genre or non-genre justice– but thankfully for those who like their stories dark, no sugar please– he’s done enough horror stories to put out a literate blast of a book like Little Deaths.
That is literally enough to make me blush. Go here to read all of Erik’s list of books. I am in some great, heady company. And pick up some of the books Erik’s had stories in. You’ve read here before what I think of Erik’s writing…awesome.
And if you want Little Deaths, it’s still on holiday sale for just 99 cents!