The novella: Dogs are reported for their constant barking … and so begins one of the strangest stories you will ever read.
Audrey Ackerman, sent to visit the dogs at a 17th century coach house, is unsettled by paranormal sightings.
Stella Bridgeport – manager at The Animal Welfare Union – communicates with Audrey via emails. And those Stella receives are as startling as they are incredible: descriptions of extraordinary events concerning a science fiction writer’s journal; giant swans; bizarre android receptionist; a ghost dog.
Insanity or fantasy? Fact or fiction? The only given is, it all starts and ends with two dogs at The One Dog Inn.
…and other stories: 12 short stories with aspects of the macabre, the surreal or the strangeness of magical realism to entertain and delight you.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I like different stories or should I say stories that are different, the impossible or improbable, that spikes the mind that you can’t second guess, it just makes sense when you read it and this novel covers all that. This book is made up of the story which is sort of the main event with an additional 12 stories that are quick reads in their own right, some macabre others with a meaning to take heed of. When I was reading this novella I could sort of imagine sitting around a camp fire while taking it in turn to tell stories while everyone listens until it is their turn to top it.
The first story, from where the title originates, is told via emails between a volunteer animal welfare and rescue worker Audrey and her friend and boss at the centre Stella, after a very distressing phone call has already occurred ending with Audrey resigning. An unusual way to tell a story but it works very well. Stella gradually coaxes what has happened at the One Dog Inn, which is a fascinating and disturbing tale. I wasn’t too sure just how much was genuine friendship from Stella’s side though or just the need not to let a volunteer walk away from a position that will be hard to fill. I thought the play on places names worked well, still recognisable but fun. This story is the longest taking about 41% of the novel size.
The 12 remaining stories are of various sizes with each one having it’s own uniqueness. My favourites being the future of mobile phones, which did send quite a shiver as you could imagine technology eventually going this way. Though perhaps not with the same conclusion, I hope. The other being the story of Henry Sims. From stories about being eco friendly to the noise upstairs is just the house settling noise isn’t it kind of story it is a very entertaining novel.
I wish to thank Netgalley, Urbane Publishers and particularly David John Griffin whom invited me to read his new novel to be published on the 26th January.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David John Griffin is a writer, graphic designer and app designer, and lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan and two dogs called Bullseye and Jimbo. He is currently working on the first draft of a third novel as well as writing short stories for a novel-length collection. His first novel – published by Urbane Publications in October 2015 – is called The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb. The second is a literary psychological thriller entitled Infinite Rooms. One of his short stories was shortlisted for The HG Wells Short Story competition 2012 and published in an anthology.
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