Book Review: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel (2015)

Book Review: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel (2015)

Jan 8, 2016

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel by Taylor Grant


When it comes to short story collections it can be a mixed bag. You may get one or two great stories and then the rest often feel like filler and padding. However with The Dark at the End of the Tunnel, I was pleasantly surprised to find that each story contained in the book was well written and well thought out.


The Dark at the End of the Tunnel is a collection of stories written by Taylor Grant. An author I must admit I was not very familiar with when I first was asked to review this book. Grant has a extremely gifted writing ability and tells captivating tales.
There are a total of ten stories found in this collection, including a very nice introduction written by Gene O’Neil at the beginning. It really sets the reader up for the stories and explains what type of writer Grant is.


My four favorite stories were Masks, The Silent Ones, The Vood and The Infected. Masks is probably the most straight forward story in the collection but it has a very nice pay off. The ending is surprising and graphic. For anyone who has ever felt ignored or lonely, I believe they would identify with The Silent Ones. It’s a sad and horrific tale that paints very haunting and bloody pictures. The Vood I found downright terrifying, it reminded me of my fear of the dark and shadows as a child. My only complaint about it would be that the ending was too predictable. The Infected, (like The Silent Ones) plays on emotions rather then fear. It does have some scary and disturbing imagery but its the feeling of hopelessness that this story really preys upon.


Grant’s writing is simple and easy to understand, yet it’s also written with intelligence and wit. He creates scenes very well with his deep and vivid descriptions and the minor occurrences that are happening around the main action. When his characters speak, it comes off realistic. That to me is the most important aspect every writer must master. Grant masters it very well.


The Dark at the End of the Tunnel is a good read and has many great tales of horror and sadness. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys their horror fiction dark and with deep thought and intelligence.