Length - 220 Pages
Star Rating - 5
Gently Bleeding is a series of short stories and a screenplay that all share the same theme of death, a subject that has always baffled me. However it was a simple exchange between a couple that became my favourite moment. A bedtime conversation about the estrangement within their relationship, although simple, is devastating. The dialogue is real. The effect is enormous, a true testament to a great writer.
Steven N. Marshall has a knack for writing a great twisted story, yet the writing in Gently Bleeding goes beyond this. There are times when sentences must be re-read just to revisit the poetic language. The scenes set are unmissable. Realistic. Moments pass when you becomes lost in the world he paints with his pen.
As for the dark undertones, let's just say they are less 'undertone' and much more a main player throughout the stories. In fact, although I find myself quite receptive to intense scenes, some moments were indeed, unsettling, a wonderful cherry on top for those who enjoy the genre.
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection, right from the very first pages. Articulated sentences intertwined within tales that are not for the faint of heart, Gently Bleeding is a perfect read for lovers of dark fiction and horror.