I have been trying to catch up on the DarkFuse releases that I have missed (or at least have not reviewed) through KindleUnlimited and decided to continue this quest with “Stalking You Now” by Jeff Strand.
He saw the man across the restaurant from him and watched him and his friends closely. He hated the man. This is no chance encounter. He had been stalking the man for a while now, plotting revenge. The time had finally come to act but he wanted the man to see him first. Possibly to know him. Definitely fear him.
When he finally has the man in his grasp, it should be easy for him. After all, he has done something like this before. But things just never seem to be easy for him. Interrupted by a loud knocking, he just knew that this was going to be one of those nights.
My summary of the story is a lot shorter than normal because I do not want to give anything away. This is a short novella that can easily be read in one sitting, it should not take more than an hour or so, and I would say it even works better that way. In the usual Strand style, the reader is never quite on solid ground when reading this novel as Strand has a way of pulling the rug from under the reader’s feet with an unexpected turn at an unexpected time. There really are no wasted words in this story and it just flows right along the entire time. It is easy to get into the flow of the story and just go with it for a rollercoaster of a ride.
“Stalking You Now” is another great novella from Strand and one that I think shows just how good an author he really is. While many of his book have a lot of silly humor and jokes that are shallow and superficial (not that I am complaining at all), this novella is full of a darker humor that runs throughout the story and is amusing and, yes, humorous even though it may not make the reader laugh out loud. This dark humor works well with the story and may appeal to some readers who enjoy more “serious” humor than the kind that makes you giggle. I personally like both and I think Strand’s talent is apparent by his ability to use different types of humor as the story demands. As with Strand’s other books, “Stalking You Now” is a book that should not be taken too seriously but that is grounded in theme about humanity that resonates through the humor and makes the story work on multiple levels. Write Strand off as just another horror writer and you will be the one that misses out. Strand is one of the best writers in the genre and is the best at humor/horror today.