I’ll Never Go Away is an anthology of basically stalker fiction from Rainstorm Press, editted by Lyle Perez-Tinics.
Unfortunately, because of the theme of the anthology, this is a book where not many of the surprises were that surprising. While the majority of the stories were well-written, after a while a few became rather same-y. As I’ve said before, there can be a problem with some anthology themes, and this is the issue with this one. Where, as stand-alones, the stories would have worked on a suspense/shock level, as a collection it just does not hold.
Having said that, a few of the stories stood out.
‘A Step In The Shadows’ by Wayne C. Rogers had a nifty twist in the tail that took a standard serial killer stalking his victim story into a new realm.
‘Night Run’ by Allen Jacoby was very different, and just felt creepy. The writing itself was a large part of what made this very different tale work, and the stalking in this one was totally different.
You are not going to hear me say this very often, but my story – ‘The Model’ – was probably what I consider the best in the anthology. It could have fitted in to three other anthologies as well, but I felt it would fit best here, and I think it does. Greek mythology meets insanity.
‘Just Like Him’ by Matt Kurtz was going along as per normal, until the ending, where the creepiness level was ratcheted up to eleven. And the gross-out was perfectly done without being over-done. I should have picked it up by the cockroach, but didn’t.
And ‘Idolatry’ by Kate Monroe rounds out the book. The different dynamic of the stalker and the final denouement made this all the more eerie.
5 really good, strong stories. A recommended book, but I would actually suggest not a book to be read at once. Read a story, read something else, go back to the next story, something else, etc. that way the value of the stories can be felt that much better.