In an effort to clean up my website and keep posts going even when I’m not available, I’ll be scheduling up some posts from a long time ago that are still relevant today.
Today’s review is for a story published by The Other Publishing Company in 2013 that I originally reviewed in May 2014. It’s called It’s In The Box, and it’s the story of a very special girl with a… unique collection.
A darkly comic short story from the Lit Bits collection:
Carrie answers an ad for a room in a London apartment but her new flatmate is about to discover that Carrie isn’t like most girls of her age – she’s a girl with morals, decency, values – and a strange collection of hat boxes.
A comedy ‘chiller’ with an edge as sharp as a meat-cleaver.
Marketed as dark comedy, I was immediately intrigued by the premise, and as soon as I caught a spare moment, soaked it up like the last gob of gravy from an empty plate. After reading it, I can say that it was worth my time, and a quick, witty read.
The narrator, Carrie, has a unique voice that can call to mind a clever goofball and a scolding nun all in the same paragraph. The story is told in a diary format from her point of view, which was a great decision on the author’s part, because it really allows you into her bizarre mindset.
D’Aragon isn’t an author I’ve read before, but if this is the quality of work he puts out, then sign me up for more. And, at $0.99, it’s worth the money to try out, even if you’re skeptical.
I give this story four out of five stars for being clever, original, and having a great narrator voice. You can grab a copy through the link below.