The Rabbit Man

A Collection of Short Terrors & Flash Fiction

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
149 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Rabbit Man by T.R. Slauf is an anthology of short stories that are absolutely horrifying, particularly as they are centered around the vile impulses of arguably the worst villains in contemporary fiction. The stories range in length, tone, and tenor and include the titular story. In this short story, a sadistic killer known as Rabbit Man livestreams gruesome performances of torture and murder. Detective Blake, technologically challenged, becomes obsessed with tracking the killer despite the lack of evidence. With the help of Bert from computer forensics, Blake navigates the dark web to trace Rabbit Man's livestreams. Despite efforts, they struggle to identify the killer or his victims. When an ID is finally made on one victim, the stakes are raised to a deeply personal level.

The Rabbit Man by T.R. Slauf is a tough book to read, not on account of Slauf's writing, which is exceptional, but because they are genuinely very disturbing. There are extreme abuses of all conceivable forms against the vulnerable, including very young children, and one in particular, Obsession, actually brought me to tears. Out of all the stories, I most appreciated Sickly Sweet, a story in which a man named Erin finds joy in serving ice cream to children at the park. He encounters Brody, a neglected child, and his abusive mother. Unable to bear the cruelty, Erin takes matters into his own hands. Slauf teases “Easter eggs” in the compilation of original work and I did suss it out, which I won't spoil here. I think this collection will be best appreciated by readers who like darker work, and who can stomach the degree of horror that's a step up from what most are accustomed to.

Pikasho Deka

T.R. Slauf's The Rabbit Man is a horror/thriller collection of nine short stories. A gruesome murder has devastating ramifications for the inhabitants of a small Oklahoma town decades down the line. A grumpy old man races against time to save a little girl from the trap set by a witch. A stalker gives in to his darkest desires and commits a heinous act of depravity from which there is no coming back. A veteran detective puts everything on the line to catch a sadistic serial killer. An agent of a secret order stays vigilant of demons trying to sneak into the realm of humans. An abuse victim finds a new lease on life as a vengeful goddess unleashes him on monsters and innocents alike. An ice cream vendor works overtime to keep the neighborhood kids safe.

The Rabbit Man is a collection of gripping flash fiction/short stories horror fans shouldn't miss out on. T.R. Slauf offers readers a fascinating combination of terror, suspense, and thrills that keep you rooted to your seat, and you don't want to put the book down before finishing it. Traversing multiple genres, including dark fantasy, horror, and sleuth mystery, Slauf weaves a collection of tales that linger in your mind long after you've finished reading. These stories are gritty and bloody and deal with some vital social issues such as child abuse, parental neglect, homelessness, and addiction. "Mr. Tibbles" was my favorite of the bunch, although I enjoyed every one of them. If you love reading horror or dark fantasy, waste no time and grab a copy!

K.C. Finn

The Rabbit Man is a work of fiction in the anthology, horror, and thriller subgenres. It is best suited to mature readers owing to scenes of violence, horror, and other adult content. Penned by author T.R. Slauf, this exciting collection offers readers a chilling journey through a series of short terrors and flash fiction pieces. The book explores a variety of spine-tingling scenarios, from masked killers to haunted car washes to demon-hunting cats. Each story invites readers to immerse themselves in a world of nightmares and haunting daydreams as they hunt witches, stalk killers, and exact vengeance. With its diverse range of tales, the anthology delivers a thrilling and unsettling reading experience that will leave readers on the edge of their seats, eager to discover what horrors lurk around the next corner.

Author T.R. Slauf has crafted a gorgeous tapestry of chilling tales, each one more unsettling than the last. Each story offers a unique and spine-tingling glimpse into the darker corners of the imagination, all penned with a smooth and vivid narrative style that maximizes atmosphere and cinematic description. What struck me most was the author's ability to create such vivid and immersive worlds in a short space of time. My personal favorites of the collection were the eerie ice-cream echoes of ‘Sickly Sweet’ and the dynamic dialogue and characterization of ‘Vanished’. The characters felt real, the settings atmospheric, and the twists unexpected. Overall, The Rabbit Man is a must-read for fans of horror and suspense, offering a thrilling ride through the realms of the fanciful, the terrible, and the macabre.