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Who’s There? A Collection of Stories is a horror fiction and short story anthology penned by author Dimas Rio. Featuring five stories with very different themes and central characters, the collection overall can be characterized by its suspenseful atmosphere and cultural themes, as the stories are situated in and sometimes inspired by elements of Asian culture, specifically Indonesia. Suitable for mature readers due to some psychologically frightening concepts and a few moments of grotesque description, the stories concern themes of revenge, desperation, nightmares, hauntings and many supernatural, speculative elements. What results is a superb and culturally rich experience that is both cinematic and highly literary in its presentation.
Author Dimas Rio presents horror in its most tasteful sense, which results in some really nail-biting, psychological and truly thrilling stories that do not seek to simply gross their readers out. The works are produced with clever language usage that heightens atmosphere and informs character, allowing us to grow close to each protagonist in each tale, and therefore rooting for them when things take a turn for the worst. The Voice Canal is a particularly chilling tale whose echoes have remained with me since reading, and every tale makes full use of all five senses to explore the full physical experience of the horror and make it visceral and impactful to read. Overall, Who’s There? A Collection of Stories contains truly accomplished horror from a unique geographical location and cultural perspective and is a highly recommended read because of it.