Review of Darkest Hours: Expanded Edition on IndieMuse

“In the short story notes, Thorn cites a lot of influences (both literary, musical and cinematic) that inform his work, but Thomas Ligotti seems to be a name that crops up throughout. While Darkest Hours covers a lot of the same themes (nihilism, anxiety, and the human condition), Thorn’s work approaches them in a far more mainstream and accessible way. Still, I think this says a lot about the prevailing tone of his work, and there are stories here that scared (‘Long Man’, ‘Sabbatical’), disturbed (‘The Auteur’, ‘Fear and Grace’) and disgusted (‘Fusion’) like few other collections have managed for me.”

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“Horror is the Truth” — Darkest Hours: Expanded Edition Reviewed on Tuerlemot

“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.”

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