More Than A Few Terrors & Many More Laughs!
This macabre but humorous collection of 3 short horror stories by Alan Zacher—two of which are associated with the Halloween and Christmas holidays—is entertaining and fun to read. All told in the first-person, each story spills the details of how an unusual series of circumstances can change one’s perspective on life and reality forever.
“Murder, Vampires and Leprechauns” contains adult language and themes that I would not advise for the under 17 crowd, but those of us who are well into our later years will get a kick out of the thoughts and feelings—as well as the aches and pains—expressed by Zacher’s “every-man”, Tom Mayors.
Although the three stories are a trifle disjointed in their presentation within this collection—in that there is no smooth flow to tie each story together, and one can’t really tell in what part of Mayors’ life these events occur in—common threads run throughout the plot lines; middle-aged men working at unfulfilling jobs, coping with a family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia, bullying, mad and murderous individuals, and overcoming one’s trials and tribulations in order to live a simpler but happier life.
Zacher’s characters may present themselves as sometimes pitiable and rough around the edges, but one can’t help but cheer for them to get in there, take one for the team, and—in their own quirky ways—win at the Game of Life… Whether they succeed or not is simply a matter of perspective but the adventures they endure are all in good fun.
All in all, “Murder, Vampires and Leprechauns” is a good day-long or weekend read that supplies more than a few terrors and many more laughs.
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