Sojourn Macabre

Fiction - Anthology
201 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2023
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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

A drug syndicate lieutenant named Jason gets lost in the Virginia countryside. On his way, Jason sees an abandoned church, and unpleasant memories about the South overtake him. An uneasy feeling urges Jason to escape, but he misses a turn. A skeptical newspaper editor named Amanda interviews Reverend Brenda Goodacre. Brenda brings people to God but hides a dark secret. Todd and Jen Veen wake up after an earthquake. They find their house in disarray. The spouses also notice strange lights in the western sky. Two brothers, Ken and Dale, along with their wives, Marilyn and Audrey, take a short trip on Dale's yacht to Bimini to spread their deceased father's ashes. Little did the rival siblings know what this trip had in store for them. Sojourn Macabre by Mark A. Snyder, a collection of nine short stories, offers these and other themes to fans of psychological thrillers, horror, dystopia, and science fiction.

Do you want to get scared? Then read Sojourn Macabre, but be aware that this short story collection is not for the faint-hearted. Mark A. Snyder removes borders between the mundanity of our lives and the paranormal. Mark describes believable situations that can shock us to the core. The author touches on a variety of urgent topics, like a misconducting AI in "What’s Best" or a chance of a third world war in "The End of US." Mark looks deep into the human soul in "Adrift" and explores the human psyche with Danielle Aved in "Fine Lines." My favorite short story is "Devout," where the insightful author raises the dispute between science and religion to a new, exciting level. Mark's writing style varies from character to character. Such an interesting approach outlines their intellectual depth and makes the characters multilayered. These short stories have very well-researched and detailed backgrounds, strong plotlines, and unpredictable endings. In Sojourn Macabre, Mark warns us that the world we live in can be transformed into a dystopia in the blink of an eye.