"Coming of Rage" (Raw Earth Ink ; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Ray Van Horn's "Coming of Rage" is a collection of seven short stories, each sharing the common thread of rock'n'roll (some threads thinner than others)

These are slice-of-life tales, pages from bigger, longer, stories yet to be told (if they are ever told). Some, refreshingly, donít even have the complete standard format of beginning, middle and end. But they all make their point with clearly drawn characters, Rayís crisp and clever prose, with more than a smattering of real-life experience thrown in to make each story feel sharply genuine.

There are stories here about the joys and struggles of maturing, justice vs. revenge, the many-layered topic of racism, and more. Each is packed with characters who feel like people you know and pop culture references that keep the tales feeling fresh and alive.

Ray is presently at work on a novel and Coming of Rage is the perfect appetizer for what to expect to be a brilliant full-length. Highly recommended to fans of short fiction, and especially for those who love rock'n'roll.

For more information, check out http://rayvanhornjr2.blogspot.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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