Review: Spinal Remains

  • Title:
    • Spinal Remains: A Collection of Stories
  • Author:
    • Chad Lutzke
  • Release:
    • August 9, 2022
  • Format:
    • Paperback

I’ll be reviewing this collection in my preferred format, where I do mini-reviews of each story and provide my final thoughts on the collection as a whole at the end.

Predisposition and a Box of Crayons

Pages: 1 – 7
Review Date: August 28, 2022

Psychological horror is the best kind of horror. This is basically a shorter version of a story I’ve previously reviewed, A Man in Winter. The imaginary character in this story is seemingly just that, imaginary. But much like with A Man in Winter, the author leaves a spine-chilling question unanswered. Are they though?


Pages: 9 – 16
Review Date: September 3, 2022

This story is just an endless exposition. I didn’t know where it was going until it got there. I can relate to the protagonist’s fear of water, as I nearly drowned as a kid, I found the ending eerie and spine chilling, it just felt like it drills the point home a little too much. The ending is what really saves it for me. It’s unsettling and terrifying and I live for moments like that in horror.

I Gave Them the Finger

Pages: 17 – 28
Review Date: September 11, 2022

As I said with Cycles, this story is just endless exposition. Everything is described in endless detail by the lead. It creates a very vivid scene, but there’s not much of a scene. Just a man walking around, trying to figure out where a finger came from. The ending saved it though. It left me on the edge of my seat in terror, and then laughing, oddly enough. Well done.

Note: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a physical review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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