Title: Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Stories By Ken Goldman
Author: Ken Goldman
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Format: Paperback | E-book
Publisher: AA Productions
Length: 155 pages
Author of 'Desiree' (Damnation Books) and the collection 'You Had me at Arrgh!' (Sams Dot Publishing), Mr. Goldman's newest release, 'Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore', is a collection of five stories that range from bizarre to magical.
The title story, 'Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore' explores the relationship between bestfriends and how one guy goes to extremes to keep the memory of his friend alive. A nice opening story that surprised me with the ending and how it was handle really sealed the deal for me.
'Hotline' is a twisted tale of two outcasts searching for an escape. After mistaking the number for a dentist, with that of a suicide prevention hotline, two like souls meet in a weird twist of fate.
Out of the five tales included, 'Hotline' was my favorite by far. A mix of insanity meets brooding romance hits in all areas for me.
'A Museum Piece' is tale of revenge and romance exploring the realms of witchcraft and how a couple become conjoined twins and center piece in the museum. The concept of this story is great and the ending is dark, eerie, and gross but worth the read.
'Sine Qua Non' tells the story of Timothy, who has lived life to the best of his ability , but now the time has come to end it and thus the story trots along as the main character tries to commit suicide several times only to be thwarted by unseen events.
Sine Qua Non is a dark comedy piece that is good but it felt out of place in this collection.
With " 'Vette Fever ", an aging man has a mid-life crisis and decides to buy a sports car, but the Corvette he gets is far from normal and soon he notices changes to his body and life.
'Vette Fever is in the same vein as Stephen King's Christine but less murderous and another one of my favorites.
"Donny Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is my first taste of Mr. Goldman's work and while some of the stories didn't hit the mark for me, the ones that did left me wanting to read more from the author.