Dark. Grim. Hilarious.
Misery and Death and Everything Depressing is a short story collection by C. V. Hunt, whose uncanny talent of weaving dark humor with bleak plots and tormented characters gives even the grimmest tale a smirk. For horror fans, the stories The Quarry and No Room for a Child will surely satisfy, combining genre tropes with excellent characterization and strong descriptions. More literary fans will find Human Contact as a strange, skin-crawling examination of isolation and loneliness in the modern age–similar to Last Woman on Earth, a meditation on the same with quite a different ending, though perhaps the weaker of the two stories.
The strongest story, however, is Baby Hater. It holds the perfect combination of humor, extreme human behavior, and a plot that unfurls into a beautiful tapestry. I couldn’t stop laughing, chuckles and full-on guffaws teased from my lips by a bleak, sadistic narrator who, as the title suggests, isn’t a fan of children. Of course, who really is? The story only gets more amusing and still darker as the narrator’s original plan begins to slide sideways, running right up to a very satisfying climax.
The first and last stories in the collection are, in my opinion, the weakest. The punchline of the first (To Say Mother Teresa Was Shocked When She Woke Up In Hell Would Be An Understatement) falls a little flat, the title possibly being the strongest point of the piece. The last story (The Last Entry) is fine, but compared to the rest of the stories in the piece seems like a poor choice to end on.
All in all, Misery and Death and Everything Depressing is a stellar collection of stories. Baby Hater alone is worth the purchase. I consider the other stories as bonus material at this price ($2.99 for the e-book as I write this). If I’d known ahead of time how good these stories were going to be, I’d have shelled out the extra $7 for the paperback. C. V. Hunt has created some amazing work, here. You should buy it.Share This: