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Four Corners Dark a book

A collection of supernatural short stories by William McNally

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A Good Quick Read That Could Have Been Better

  • Oct 5, 2012

This is a fairly fast read which you can easily finish in oned sitting.  There are three very short stories and one expanded story. Here are my thoughts on each:

Engine Eighteen starts out like many films about smuggling people into the US from Mexico (Think Paraiso Travel and El Norte) and starts to turn supernatural.  The supernatural parts are a little bit confusing and it is if the people are being seduced by the Devil.

Return to Nowhere was my favorite tale and it involves a man who can commit suicide if he is unhappy with his life and then start a new life with elements of the prior existance changed.

The Raven Mocker is the longest story and had a feel like the film Horror Hotel and some of it seemed like a Stephen King short story.  A couple (Terry and Abby) moves to a country lodge from where Terry's uncle had just died.  The townsfolk all seem to be afraid of the woods around the lodge and Joseph the caretaker, seems to be the only one who knows what is going on.  Weird things happen to the couple immediately and they get into trouble ignoring the advice of Joseph (hint: when you are in a haunted house and someone in the know warns you; heed the warning).  I really didn't care for this tale as there was nothing new about it.

Spinning Wheel is about a widower caring for an adult son with Downs Syndrome.  The son starts building remarkable things and saying he was helped by an unseen friend.  This story is my second favorite but it also is fairly easy to figure out.

Overall this book could have been a lot better.  There are hints of a very talented writer that needs just a tad more seasoning to write some really good supernatural tales.

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Imagine a world beyond our own. With Four Corners Dark, William McNally takes readers to the darkest depths of the imagination.

Fans of horror and suspense will find story after story that teeters on the brink between spooky and downright chilling. Terrifying encounters and haunting twists power this collection of works. 

In "Engine Eighteen," a group of Mexican immigrants attempt to cross a desert border to begin new lives, but end up paying a price for their old lives. "Return to Nowhere," is the story of a man who has the extraordinary ability to remake his lives and escape his pasts."The Raven Mocker," a novella, tells the tale of a couple who encounters a dark force along the border between life and death. "The Spinning Wheel," examines the face of fate and the choice given to one man to change it.
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