Zakk reviews Wrathbone and Other Stories by Jason Parent

“Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness, simple reviews from a simple reader…”

Zakk reviews Wrathbone and Other Stories by Jason Parent, 160 pages published by Comet Press, 2016.

“And when all seemed lost, she—my Clara, my sweet, unfaltering, beautiful Clara—set purpose to life and bestowed love where undeserved. She was my reason to persevere.

Yet the cycle of life and death shall always come full circle. These twenty-some odd years—it could have been thirty—I have wasted away behind these walls of human construct. Since I … since Clara left this world, I persevere still. Neither strength nor purpose compel my hollow existence, but anxiety keeps me vigilant. Terror coerces my fight.”


Terror follows those who let it into their hearts.


Guests of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris attend a showing of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. On that fateful night, a great man falls, but he is not alone. For Henry and Clara, the night is only the beginning of lives wrought with jealousy, madness, and horror.

The Only Good Lawyer

Bradley is a savvy defense attorney with no scruples. Under his representation, many a guilty man has gone free. But when a voodoo priest takes the stand, Bradley soon discovers that he, too, is on trial, and the punishment for guilt may be more than he could bear.

Dorian’s Mirror

Dorian loves himself, and why wouldn’t he? Every guy wants to be him, and every girl wants to be with him. He would trade all he has to make his looks last forever, but bargaining with the devil may leave him short a soul.

For the Birds

Nev’s best friend is his parrot. In fact, it’s his only friend… and his only ally when his home is invaded.

Revenge is a Dish

Maurice has landed a dream job, chef for a rich couple on their yacht. The wife has carnal desires for him. Maurice has some carnal desires of his own.

“You come from means, but there is much to be said for simpler life, one of work and the fruit born of it, away from the schemes of men with snake-oil wares and the devils that drive them.”

Late October evenings beckon for the enjoyment of dark fiction. Don’t get me wrong, horror is a year round thirst. But it’s when the nights start to get longer and take on a bit of a chill that the yearning turns into a need. Enter Jason Parent with a collection of top shelf horror to fit the bill. Sit back, relax, and allow Mr. Parent to pour you five fingers of superb, at moments exceptional, terror.

Wrathbone and Other Stories, five tales of the good stuff kicks off with a fantastic piece. A man haunted by him mind, or perhaps something else, ignited by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It is such a vivid and captivating read that it sets the bar awful high for the rest of the collection to follow. Hell, horror for the rest of the year.

The follow-up tales have fine moments in their own right: A lawyer has his Devil’s Advocacy challenged, a human god sees a monster in the mirror, a bird with a particular craving, a gourmet chef begins serving sin & revenge. While not quite attaining the level of Wrathbone they are far from filler.

Jason is a great storyteller with a knack for solid characters, nerve wracking tension, and memorable scenes. And while all five of the tales in Wrathbone and Other Stories are great, it’s the opening piece, the title cut, that will stick with me for a long time to come. A standout in the genre, and in fiction as a whole. Mr. Parent, always a pleasure, sir.

“But on closer inspection, the little mouse didn’t seem so meek.”

Overall score: 4.5/ 5

Zakk is a big dumb animal!

**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.

Jason Parent, Biography

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

Please visit the author on Facebook, on Twitter, or at his website for information regarding upcoming events or releases, or if you have any questions or comments for him.

Praise for Wrathbone and Other Stories

“From the eerie opening tale to the grisly closer, and all of the wonderfully mean-spirited tales in-between, Wrathbone is a winner!” — Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue

“Wrathbone and Other Stories is a hard-hitting collection that you can completely immerse yourself in. The title story is a beautifully written period tale of love and tragedy. I finished and realized that I was breathing shallowly because I was genuinely affected that much. A tale that leaves you breathless? Yes, please!” – Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the Bram Stoker Award winner Little Dead Red.

“An elegantly written novella of madness, murder, and demons, Jason Parent’s Wrathbone reads like Edgar Allan Poe’s take on ‘Jacob’s Ladder.'” –Adam Howe, author of Tijuana Donkey Showdown, Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and Black Cat Mojo

“Jason Parent is a master of controlling how you perceive the characters and the events in these stories, making sure you read it exactly how he wants you to read it. It’s like mind control. Powerful stuff!” – Nev Murray, Confessions of A Reviewer

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