By Pappa on March 6, 2013
Dark Steps Martin Pond
I tend to look at short stories as a crucible where good writers can really shine, and in his collection; Dark Steps, Martin Pond does so more than a few times. This collection of 8 shows a lot of growth from some of his earliest efforts in at least roughly chronological order to an excerpt of his continued writing project at drawntothedeepend.blogspot.com.
The only lack that I might describe overall is that he carries beginnings and middles well, but in ‘Waiting Room’, ‘Dream Feed’ and ‘A Bit Christmassy’ the endings let me down a bit.
What Pond consistently nails is those aspects of the macabre that intrude into daily lives: worries, stresses, negligence and the darker thoughts that we all have but thankfully never act upon. I appreciate when I can be made to understand internal rationales that I don’t necessarily share or see things sympathetically from an alien point of view. The stories that most typify these aspects to me were ‘The Inheritance’, ‘Egg’ and ‘Near-Death Experience’. The later of these was a real gem, leaving me with a lot of loose ends to trouble at in a very satisfying way.
All in all a good read, and I shall be following his experiment with Drawn To The Deep End where with weekly first drafts I can look forward to a dose of his delightfully ugly frankness.
What Does Pappa Think?Author Martin Pond
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