“Often poetic, Taff infuses his craft with an obvious flare for the macabre. You’re not going to find any hack ‘em slasher tales here that rely on shock and gore alone. Prepare to come face to face with a brooding, permeating fear, the kind of living thing that crawls from the pages and burrows deep into your subconscious where it festers long after the lights go out.
“While most of the tales tend to have at least some form of supernatural element, certain selections like one of my personal favorites, “Box of Rocks,” rely on the malevolent side of man’s own deed. The author proves that as effortlessly as fear transcends all borders, so, too, does John’s writing style stretch beyond the boundaries of any singular arena that might otherwise restrain his unchained muse. With stories like “Snapback” or “The Mellified Man” (another personal favorite) it’s easy to say well, that’s sci-fi or that’s horror, but more often than not the only common string connecting each tale, other than the poignancy of the environments in which they’re created in, is that they don’t exist in worlds where happy endings have any chance of survival.
“…maybe the greatest fear of all is knowing that each of us has a little death waiting just around the corner whether we recognize its face or not; a haunting reality that John F.D. Taff captures with razor sharp effect, ultimately making Little Deaths a definite must read for the fear connoisseurs among us.”
It’s a great review, thanks, Rick! Go here to take a look at the entire review.