Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Snuff Syndicate by Keith Gouveia
Beating Windward Press LLC
Paperback 193 pages
The back of this book tells us that it is about serial killers and an online forum they use to tell their tales. Sounds awesome, right? But it doesn't come across the way it is billed.
Keith Gouveia has had a brilliant idea (I had a similar thought last year regarding Cthulhu tales). He has written the base of a novella, the spine and ribcage. And he has 8 authors write stories to add arms, legs, and meat. And every single story bar one, are awesome, and I like how Keith uses characters mentioned in the stories as his base tale progresses.
All tales are about serial killers.
All involve murder, gory and unabashed.
All the tales are linked by Keith Gouveia's story.
I enjoyed the tales but as with every collection (linked or not) there are a few that stand out:
Hackwork, Tipping the odds, Snuffingly Yours, and NSFW kicked major butt.
Keith Gouveia has put together a great collection with a solid base story, that is, in itself, a more than decent addition to the rest.
You won't be disappointed shelling out a few dollars on this.