Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review: 'Laura' by E.H. James

Canadian author E.H. James is a prolific writer of short stories – stories that test the imagination and call forth ghost like thoughts of the dark world about which we know very little. James is part of that conundrum as there is no biographical information on this gifted author – whether male or female, training, experience in the world at large – as though that is meant to be part of the mysteries presented. We learn that James has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years.

LAURA is a nine page short story that shares an evening with newly retired salesman George encountering a young, silent girl on a darkened road. He offers her a ride and warmth but Laura opens the car door and steps out onto a bridge, leaving only the scent of roses in the car from her dress. The benumbed George stop by a lonely old time cafe for coffee, hears from the elderly owner the story of Laura and her wartime romance that ended in the death of her beloved. The circumstances shared dissolve into a strange world of bizarre findings – just the manner in which those inexplicable moments we all encounter so often carry fragments of the past that make the line between reality and occult narrow indeed.

James writes very well indeed – the atmosphere created in such a short story usually takes a full length novel to capture in the hands of others. Think Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Clive Barker and Anne Rice. Watch this author carefully. Grady Harp, November 17
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited

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