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BSFA Review: The Trees Grew Because I Bled There by Eric LaRocca

26/01/2024 09:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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The Trees Grew Because I Bled There: Collected Stories by Eric LaRocca

(Titan Books, 2023)

Reviewed by Steven French

Eric LaRocca is the author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke which ‘went viral’ and garnered considerable praise. This follow-up volume brings together eight disturbing short stories, several of them containing elements of body-horror.

All are about relationships, in one form or another and are also straightforward narrations, except for one—‘The Strange Thing We Become’, presented as a series of forum posts that relay the decline of the author’s partner, Evie, following her cancer diagnosis. As Evie retreats to the attic, at first to meditate, then to self-mummify, an atmosphere of paranoia and desperation builds up, which breaks in an ending that is not so much horrific, as just very weird.

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Review from BSFA Review 21 - Download your copy here.


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