The Stories In Between by River Dixon

The Stories In Between

There are thirteen stories in this collection. Here are short descriptions for six of them showing Dixon’s range and collection theme.

  • In “Little Voice,” Dixon takes the reader through a man’s psychosis as he battles against a small voice that turned up one day emanating from his belly. This story was a bit disjointed at the end, but reminded me of several wonderful low-budget horror movies from the 80s.
  • “With Love” explores family relationships and the lengths a child will go to in order to please her father. I was not a fan of this story, but that is not because of Dixon’s writing.
  • “The Dinner Guest” is a strange tale fit for the Twilight Zone that follows a man’s preparations for a dinner date in his home while his mother looks on–and critiques, of course. This story has a few laughs and a character that makes you feel sorry for them.
  • In “The Example,” Dixon explores the power of the Christmas spirit in the seedy underbelly of organized crime. If you are a fan of violence and vulgarity, then this is a story for you.
  • “The Case of the Missing Pillow” is a short piece involving a husband, a wife, a missing pillow, and Dixon’s violent twist. This story was short and the characters felt flat and left me with more questions than answers.
  • “Under the Floor,” is a tale waiting for a superhero to swoop in and save the day, and when that call is made, they send the plumber. This was a wonderful sci-fi story that felt like a cross between Dr. Who’s adipose and the Blob. This was my favorite story in the collection.

Overall, I enjoy reading Dixon’s work even though I am not a fan of some of the content. Some lines just don’t need to be crossed because we have too much of that anyways.

Readers who enjoy gritty stories, sci-fi, speculative fiction, and horror will enjoy this collection.

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