In the introduction to Calgary writer Mike Thorn’s short-story collection, Darkest Hours: Expanded Edition, American horror aficionado Sadie Hartmann offers a list of the complex subgenres found inside.
Hartmann, who goes by the name Mother Horror, found traces of everything from “gross-out body horror,” to “satirical black comedy,” “slasher,” “urban legends” and even the “Satanic panic” of the 1980s in Thorn’s work.
“… this is an incredibly strong collection of stories and essays.”
“Each story in Darkest Hours reads like a blast of intense sound. Crisp, erudite and intense, these stories speak with uncanny voices that occasionally converse with one another (as we’ll explore in this essay). Thorn builds narrative worlds that inhabit a set of thematic coordinates that I propose we recognize with the term Thornian.’ The Thornian exists in the interplay between addiction, violence, academic pretensions and the supernatural monsters which push these other themes to their limits.”