# Sunday, August 22, 2021

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warnings is a collection of creepy poems and short stories.

Many of the stories end ambiguously with the hint of something dreadful about to occur. Others could easily be a chapter in a novel and perhaps they were originally planned as such. They tend toward the darker side of storytelling; but, other than that, have very little in common with one another.

My favourites stories were:

  • "The Sleeper and the Spindle" - a reimagining of a classic fairy tale with an unexpected crossover into another fairy tale.
  • "The Thing About Cassandra" - a story about a man who encounters the imaginary girlfriend he made up while in school.
  • "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" - a dark tale of revenge.

Gaiman also included a Sherlock Holmes story, a Doctor Who story, and a story about Shadow Moon, the protagonist of "American Gods".

I strongly related to "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" - a first-person narrative from someone losing his memory as he grows older. It reminded me that both my parents struggled through this frustration at the end of their lives; and I sometimes feel it happening to me. Plus, it is a tribute to one of the great writers of the 20th century, who undoubtedly influenced Gaiman.

This is a strong collection of works for anyone who enjoys mystery and horror and any fans of Mr. Gaiman's writing.

Sunday, August 22, 2021 9:35:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)