Borrowed Time

Borrowed_TimeI love short stories. Unlike novels, with short stories I get an entire story in a single sitting, and they’re easier to fit into my busy life even during hectic times. In a good collection, I get ten or more good reads without having to shop for another book. So I was really happy to find this collection by Chad A. Clark.

A diverse and well executed collection of stories, the tales in Borrowed Time range from horror to weird to literary. My favorite story in the collection is the first one: Mist on the Highway. In the vein of Rod Serling and Ray Bradbury, it’s a story that rewrites itself as you read it, constantly making you secondguess your assumptions about what is really happening. It plays off the familiar, referencing ghost hitchhiker stories, but is certainly more than just another retelling.

Another story in the collection, Falling to Dark, was scary enough that I couldn’t read it at bedtime without unduly influencing my dreams. I had to put it away and try again in daylight.

I recommend it for readers who are looking for shorter reads and like variety in the subject matter.

About The Reviewer:

BRYANT-CroppedSamantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel is now for sale by Curiosity Quills.

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