In Jack Binding's latest horror story, Perfect Anastasia, twenty-something Andy Moretti asks himself a question that a million other men are currently asking themselves. "Why can't I find a nice woman to spend my time with?" Well, be careful what you ask for!
As if Andy's questions have been miraculously answered by a benevolent Genie, he meets the perfect woman at a party. She's funny, she's beautiful, and she's actually interested in talking to him. That should be a good sign, right?
Author Binding uses the need for companionship as a crutch in short story. The need, the hope, the sweet nectar of promise and desire. Binding's written words are straightforward and to the point, leaving the reader with little doubt as to where the story is headed, but the outcome, while not necessarily anticipated, is every young person's nightmare and much more.
The writing reminds me a bit of clive Barker as he starts a story you think you know is unfolding, and then it spills out, unvarnished and splintery against your skin and senses.
Available on Kindle, this just released (February 14, 2017) work is 99-cents if you act quickly. Jack Binding has several other short stories at Amazon and a full-length novel slated for later in the year.
Thanks for reading - Al W Moe