Today I am so excited to be reviewing Tales From the Coffee Pot by Jim Ody and published by Question Mark Press. Thank you to Zoe-Lee from https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours for organising this tour and to Jim Ody and Question Mark Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
For the first time, the best of Jim Ody’s published short-stories are together in one anthology, including four previously unreleased.
Twelve twisted tales that touch on psychological/thriller, horror and YA, including:
A detective sent to a travelling circus to find a missing boy; A guy with a mysterious trunk must meet a stranger at a motel to survive; A doll turns up and becomes a little girl’s best friend. Then things turn strange; A surprise birthday party is memorable, if only the birthday boy survives; and a group of orphans find the world is about to end…
1 The Reveal
2 A Moth in The Jar
3 The I-Scream Van
4 Teaching Tom
5 Boat Trip
6 The Trunk
7 The Day
8 A Doll Named Sasha
9 Surprise Party
10 The Orphans
11 Hide & Seek
Tales From the Coffee Shop is a weird and wonderful collection of thriller/horror short stories that are brilliant for adding a little darkness into your day. They’re perfect to indulge in during a lunch break or if you can find a quiet half hour in your day to unwind and delve into some twisty, immersive stories/poem. The contents really vary in length too so there are shorter ones to cram in during a small window or longer texts for when you have more time.
Each experience may only be short but they are immensely atmospheric and at times, a little warped. Many of them stayed with me long after reading and I found myself thinking about them during the afternoon or laying in bed at night.
I love Jim’s writing because not only does he manage to satisfy my dark side every time with a psychological edge, he also manages to keep things a little humorous in a macabre kind of way. It’s such a unique and very clever writing style but it hits so many spots at once. I am partly in awe of his talent and partly terrified by his mind.
Tales From the Coffee Pot showcases just what a diverse and wickedly clever write Jim Ody is and I’d highly recommend it.
Author Bio – Jim Ody
Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.
Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.
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