So, a few weeks ago we posted a fantastic article written especially for us by Brian Fatah Steele about horror books for horror movie fans. The list concentrated on the more unknown authors, the ones whose work whilst great, is often overlooked, especially by those that are new to the genre or simply don’t get to read often.
Rather than being filled with names that everyone knows such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Clive Barker etc. he compiled a list of authors that you may not recognise, such as Duncan Ralston, Matt Shaw, Cameron Pierce, Nate Southard and many, many more wonderful and talented writers.
Not read Brian's article? Follow the link to take a look: https://www.reelhorrorshow.co.uk/post/books-for-horror-movie-fans-guest-article-by-brian-fatah-steele
However, there was one writer not on the list whose works I was interested in reading, and that was Brian himself. To rectify this, I hopped onto Amazon, scrolled through his titles and purchased the short story, Wetter. The reason I picked this particular title was that it is only around 17 pages, meaning that I should be able to read it in a short space of time (reading not being a luxury I’ve not had enough time to indulge in recently) and also, well, I’m tight-fisted and it was only 99p.
There was only one problem I now faced; what if I didn’t like the story? Brian may have written us a fantastic article, but that doesn’t mean that I would necessarily enjoy the book and if I didn’t, well, I would still have to reflect that and explain why in my review.
What I’m trying to say, in a rather ham-fisted way, is that this is unbiased and that just because Brian wrote an article for us, doesn’t mean I’m going to immediately give his book a heavy dose of praise and sparkles. So, it’s time for me to tell get to the actual review and start by telling you what Wetter is all about.
The story focuses on the character of Hollis who has undertaken the job of doing repairs to his home and in particular, the basement. He encounters something strange however whilst working as a rainstorm seems to cause the walls to be filled with moisture and a strange odour that he hadn’t noticed before. The rainstorm continues and Hollis finds signs of rot not only in the basement but perhaps in himself too. That maggot he awoke to find writhing on his pillow, for example. Did it come from the house or Hollis?
Wetter is an interesting and well written short story of decay that has a slight Lovecraftian feel to it with the sense of dread that permeates it like the rot that Hollis experiences. The story might be short, but that doesn’t detract from anything and despite the diminutive length, it still tells an interesting tale and, for me, it was enough for me to know that I like Brian’s style of writing and would like to read more.
However, that short length is also the downside to the story. 99p for a mere 17 pages may not seem like good value for money to many of you. Personally, I found it was an ideal way to spend a small amount of cash to get an idea of Brian’s work. Especially if, like me, you don’t always have a huge amount of time to settle down with something of a more traditional story length.
As a short taster, an apéritif if you will, it’s a good way to decide if you then want to move on to the main course (no I don’t know why I’m using food-related descriptors, maybe I’m hungry?) and it clearly whetted my appetite as I have now purchased his novel In Bleed Country. It was also 99p, so that appealed to my Scrooge-like nature, sounds very interesting and based on my sample of Brian's work, both in Wetter and in the article he wrote, I certainly want to experience more of what he has to offer.
The only thing stopping me now is time, still, we may all be isolated in our own homes soon, furtively guarding our hefty stockpiles of pasta and loo-roll, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of time for reading whilst sitting in my own home-made quarantine shelter.
At some point I’ll get round to reading it, I may even get round to reviewing it too, but for now, I have to be content with knowing that it’s sitting in my kindle library waiting for me.
If you would like to give Wetter a read, you can find it in the UK here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wetter-horror-Brian-Fatah-Steele-ebook/dp/B005NP05U2/ref=sr_1_1?
And in the US here:
If you would like to take a look at any other of Brian’s work, you can also check out his Amazon author page here:
and here for UK readers: