Sunday, October 2, 2011

Book Review: Four Legs in the Morning by Norman Prentiss

✰✰✰✰½ This slim little book features three delightfully wicked stories by horror author Norman Prentiss. All 3 stories (or curiosities as they are named) are woven around Dr. Sibley, who is the eccentric and evil Chair of the English and Classical Literature Department at Graysonville University. While Dr. Sibley may seem meek and outdated, those who disappoint or dismiss him quickly learn that he is more than he appears.

Those who risk suffering the consequences of Dr. Sibley include a new professor who dares to uncover an ancient riddle, a student who thinks that plagiarism is the key to success, and a young college administrator who discovers the mysterious reasons for his predecessor's hasty departure. Will they learn their lessons before it is too late or will they succumb to the wrath of Dr. Sibley?

The Bottom Line: This compact book is part of the Cemetery Dance Signature Series which features collectible books by some of today's best horror authors. Four Legs in the Morning is a quick read that will leave you begging for more. The dark illustrations add to the overall eerie feeling of the book. Highly recommended reading for fans of horror fiction. And just in case you were wondering, my favorite curiosity was "Flannel Board;" it brought back lots of memories.

Details: Four Legs in the Morning by Norman Prentiss. Illustrated by Steven C. Gilberts. Advance uncorrected proof published by Cemetery Dance Publications in 2011. 108 p. ISBN: 978-1-58767-258-3

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