Spectral review

Just received this wonderfully insightful review from Jassen Bailey of  The Bag & The Crow blog…


Gary McMahon has created a dark and dreary story of a married couple who are attempting to live life after the brutal murder of their son Eddie.  Rob and Becky have recently purchased a house, which is a metaphor of their life. The house is in need of some major repairs much like their marriage.

Both are struggling for closure. They discover a room in the cellar which becomes fittingly known as the Quiet Room. Inside the Quiet Room, Rob and Becky are forced to feel; something they apparently haven’t done for some time as evidenced by their individual reactions after spending time in the room. The Quiet Room offers thoughts, no distractions, and very well could be the key to truths. Most of all, it offers absolutely no noise.

Rob and Becky have a difference of opinion as to what the Quiet Room represents. One thing is for sure, they come face to face with their personal demons, past scars, and ghosts in this room.

Gary McMahon’s prose will change your mental forecast. This story will make you feel. What They Hear in the Dark is a well written story woven with loss, pain, ghosts, personal demons, and struggle.  McMahon takes on several major themes without distracting the reader. This is impressive considering it is a chapbook of 22 pages.  This chapbook is highly recommended to all. You will especially enjoy this one if you love tales where life is the ultimate villain.

Jassen Bailey

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