Famished
Anna Vaught. Influx Press. (112p) ISBN 9781910312490
Famished
Famished

Famished is the second book centred around food that I’ve read this month, though this one couldn’t be more different from the other, a tantalising collection of short stories with a central theme of food/eating/feasting/consuming.

I was given an advanced reading copy by Influx Press to review, and I was really pleased as I had seen Anna around Twitter and have her book with Bluemoose Books, Saving Lucia, on my birthday list.

As I’ve probably stated elsewhere many times, I love the short story format when it is done well and Anna concocts a brilliant collection of short chilling tales each as good as. the other.

There is a definite flavour of Victorian and early 20th century supernatural stories, both in content and form.

Each story is a wonderful bite of words, tantalising and just enough to digest the concept and theme. Well-balanced and complete, none left me wanting for more.

It wouldn’t be a collection where I didn’t have favourites, though in the case of this collection there were no sour tastes left in the mouth.

a tale of tripe was my personal stand out, a similar horror of tripe haunts me, both the physical and mental, trimalchio jones has a strong Poe feel to the horror that unfolds through the banquet, and shame really resonates also.

Well worth a read, and for me it’s a keeper and one I want to return to.

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