The Joy of Reading 3: A Consternation of Monsters by Eric Fritzius

So far my 2015 reading list is a varied lot.  I’ve enjoyed books by Ian Fleming, Steve Martin, Stephen King, and much more.  If you count books read to my five year old son, from many Dr. Seuss tales to a book about a duck running for President, I’ve probably read close to a hundred books/plays/comics this year.  Typically, picking a favorite would be difficult.  This year it is not.

Eric Fritzius’s A Consternation of Monsters is a collection of ten spooky stories that had me at Hocco (the first story is titled The Hocco Makes the Echo).  Fritzius, a West Virginia writer, has an amazing way with words, and spins one scary and suspenseful and entertaining tale after another in a book you won’t be able to put down.  I couldn’t.  In addition to the previously mentioned Hocco, I particularly enjoyed …To a Flame and The King’s Last Nacho, though I won’t spoil either one.  Part of the joy of reading it was that I knew nothing about it going in.

A Consternation of Monsters is available on Amazon.  It should particularly appeal to Twilight Zone fans or those folks who can’t quite wait six more months for the X-Files revival to begin.  Fritzius’s book earns my highest recommendation.


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Jonathan Joy has been a door to door salesman, landscaper, bike mechanic, burger flipper, bus boy, shoe salesman, bowling alley attendant, carpenter, actor, director, political campaign manager, teacher, playwright, college professor, and newspaper columnist. He lives in West Virginia with his wife and their seven year old son.

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