We Are Where the Nightmares Go - C. Robert Cargill

July 28, 2018

5 / 5 Stars

 

Excellent, excellent short story collection full of ghosts and gore.

 

Short stories don’t really do it for me but would a collection of short stories by one of my favourite authors change this perception? Absolutely.

 

C Robert Cargill is the author of Dreams & Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things and Sea of Rust which was recently nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction. He’s also the Screen writer for Marvel’s Dr Strange. We Are Where the Nightmares Go is a mixture of horror and fantasy. A collection of 10 tales designed to terrify and haunt. I enjoyed every one of these stories each in their own way.

 

We have a mixture of ghost stories and full blown horror but obviously there are stand outs. Hell Creek is like nothing I’ve ever read. A triceratops and an Ankylosaurs join forces to survive a zombie apocalypse. It’s just such a cool idea. The author makes the dinosaurs so human you end up rooting for them. The author had previously done this so well with robots in Sea of Rust. A zombie T Rex, whoaaaa!

 

Another favourite and not for the faint hearted was Hell They Call Him, the Screamers. Short, bloody and gruesome and very nasty with plenty of body horror. It would be easy to write this off as just graphic violence to shock but a lovely little twist at the end brings it all together and is in keeping with the common theme of the collection.

 

We Are Where the Nightmares Go" has a whiff of Alice in Wonderland. A dark fairy tale about a girl who finds a secret door underneath her bed leading to a world of lost children, sinister clowns and ‘something’ lurking in the dark. Who hasn’t been a child and been scared of the dark or the crack in the floor or what lies beyond the door? This tale has a smashing, eerie twist and whereas most stories of this type explore how to escape this explores those who remain.

 

One of my main reasons for reading this book was due to the short story ‘The Soul Thief’s Son’. The author returns to the story of Wizard Colby Stephens, the focus of two previous books. As a big fan I lapped this up. This novella ties in perfectly with the series and will leave fans hungry for more. It could be read as a stand-alone but does sit far better with knowledge of the Colby Stephens world.

 

This is an excellent collection full of ghosts and gore. It examines the human soul and the end of things and how we deal with death. It also has Zombie dinosaurs.

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