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.