Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs here https://teripolen.com/
Teri has been treading Call Drops by John F Leonard
This is one grim, twisty short story that filled this horror fan’s heart with glee. It’s been a while since I’ve read short stories, and I’d forgotten what a pleasure it can be to immediately get down to the business of storytelling – and this author does it well. He takes the reader by the hand and gradually reveals Vincent’s life, both in present day and through flashbacks. All the while, you just know something sinister might be waiting around the corner. And trust me, it is – you won’t be disappointed.
Don’t expect blood and gore horror – this is more about the dark side of human nature, and what people are capable of doing to each other. The only negative for me, and this is my personal preference, is the cover – if I saw this book on the shelf, it isn’t something that would immediately grab my attention. But the contents inside surely did. Call Drops has a Twilight Zone/Black Mirror feel, and can easily be read in one sitting.
Vincent likes nothing more than rootling round second-hand shops in search of the interesting and unusual. Items that are lost and forgotten.
Why not? He needs the diversion. Time on his hands and money to burn. His life is affluent and empty. Little on the horizon and memories tinged bittersweet.
That’s all about to change. He’s about to find something that is perhaps better left unfound.
CALL DROPS is a darkly swirling mix of horror and mystery that will stay with you long after the reading is done. It’ll maybe make you think twice about impulse buying, those moments when you simply must have something, even though you don’t need it.
It might cause you to look again at the apparently mundane and everyday …and possibly, just possibly, wonder at what twisted marvels lurk within your mobile phone.