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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Season of Doom is a collection of dark and macabre tales, poems and poetry by author, William P. Robertson. There are stories for everyone in this arrangement: tales from ancient Rome, Viking sagas, American Indian lore, Civil War battles, and stories of everyday life, each prefaced with a poem and accompanied by one of the author's photographs.
I love macabre tales and knew just from looking at the table of contents that I would probably have some fun reading Season of Doom. What I didn't know was that I would be blown away by the contents of this deceptively slim volume. The poetry is lean and powerful, and it grabs the reader by the throat and compels him to slowly absorb the compressed energy contained within.
The stories are equally powerful and evocative. In the first one, The Blizzard, James and his father drive through a snowstorm to get him to the bus bound for college and his sweetheart. You can see them struggling in the snow to clear the driveway, and the imagery of the Ford struggling on the unplowed roads, which is compared to heaving seas, is bound to make anyone who's ever driven in similar conditions smile and remember -- and anyone who hasn't start to think they experienced it themselves.
Some stories are darker and scarier than others, and the faint-hearted may flinch at times while they're reading, but this reader hopes even the timid persevere in reading through Robertson's Season of Doom. These are compelling and original tales of the macabre, but they are also beautifully and masterfully written.