I discovered another writer on the blogosphere today through a post by fellow writer and writing enthusiast D. James Fortescue. D. James says that reading this writer’s work is ” almost like Pringles; once you start, you can’t stop.” And boy, were they right.
The writer is H. K. Abell and the blog is entitled The Weltschmerz Collection. I have spent today devouring the back catalogue of Short Stories posted on the blog and I was blown away. This is my favourite sort of writing. As the title suggests, the work is dark, bleak, dry but humorous and inescapably engaging. There’s also just the right amount of other-worldliness mixed in give the fiction a flavour that I love.
I particularly recommend Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before, John Milton, You Son of a Bitch and The Last Story. The Last Story, in particular, was mesmerising. I’m hard pressed to think of another writer or voice I have discovered and enjoyed as much in recent times. I strongly urge you to check it out, especially if you are a fan of fiction with a healthy does of dark.
I have a new benchmark.