Epeolatry Book Review: What Remains when the Stars Burn Out by P.L. McMillan
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Title: What Remains when the Stars Burn Out
Author: P.L. McMillan
Publisher: Salt Heart Press
Release Date: 31st March, 2022
Synopsis: From the lips of a dying woman to the ears of an overworked nurse, a word begins to haunt her and the city in which she lives.
An office worker is convinced she has contracted something highly contagious, but no one believes her.
Earth is on the brink of collapse, when scientists discover a new plane of reality. Could this be the salvation people are seeking?
A company’s revolutionary method of travel promises instant teleportation across countless light years but at a price.
What Remains When The Stars Burn Out is a vivid collection of twelve stories ranging from the morbid to the macabre, the sinister to the supernatural, the unearthly to the uncanny, which are sure to send a shiver down your spine.
Fans of cosmic and body horror will rejoice when they read P.L. McMillan’s new collection, What Remains when the Stars Burn Out. McMillan serves up a smorgasbord of horror delicacies filled with everything from stomach churning body horror to mind bending creatures and far-future science fiction terrors.
The stories deal with themes relevant to modern day issues—everything from the current pandemic to equal gender treatment to human impact on climate change. The stories work well together and vary in both length and theme.
P.L. is deft at producing grotesque imagery that burns into the reader’s brain. Multiple times I found myself cringing at the descriptions, especially in scenes of body horror. This is just what body horror fanatics crave. She also presents well thought out worlds for each story to live within. Be it contemporary or far future, I found each setting believable and immersive.
If you have not yet experienced the works of P.L. McMillan, this is a wonderful place to start. I know I will gladly pick up a copy of anything they publish in the future.
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Joe lives with his wife and son in the Pacific Northwest where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea. He enjoys writing in the weird, horror, and fantasy genres.
Growing up he enjoyed R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books as well as classics like Dune, and Lord of the Rings. In college he discovered Stephen King, and later Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves and authors like Clive Barker and Laird Barron.
Joe’s short story, ‘Gustav Floats’, was published in Dim Shores Presents Volume 2. In the spring of 2021 his story, ‘The Pigeon Lied’ comes out in Howls From Hell.
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