Review: The Rat King

  • Title:
    • The Rat King: A Horror Collection
  • Author:
    • LP Hernandez
  • Release:
    • November 12, 2021
  • Format:
    • Paperback

Note: I received this paperback for free from the author with the purchase of another paperback. This is not a review copy and I was not requested to give this collection a certain rating, suggestion, or approval. As always, the opinions stated in these reviews are mine and mine alone.

I’ll be reviewing each short story in this collection individually and providing my final thoughts at the end.

Bad Apples

In the Valley of the Headless Men

Night Feeding

Pages: 73 – 84
Review Date: July 2, 2022

Wow. This is my first LP Hernandez and the first thing I wanna say is the man knows how to paint a scene with words. This story was only 11 pages long and one of them was a beautiful, yet haunting piece of art. I felt like I was .. the best word is familiar with these people. Their struggles, their worries, it all felt real. The story is sad, eerie, haunting, and aggravating all in one, in only 10 pages. Well done, damn! I’m excited for more of this collection for sure.

The Rat King

LeCumbra

Down the Bunny Trail

To Grandmother’s House We Go

The Magician

The Nightmare Room

Comancheria

Daddy Longlegs

A Sundown Town

Afterbirth

Pages: 283 – 294
Review Date: July 9, 2022

I have mixed feelings about this story. It was a good ending, but there was wayyyyyy too much buildup for the payoff. I kept wondering where it was going, if anywhere at all until it finally ended.

Beyond the Valley – Jess

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